Abe McArthur will compete in the U18 South Island trials, while Liam Alexander, George Trolove and Thomas McEwan gained spots in the New Zealand junior trials. Good luck to these rowers. Sailing The College sailing team travelled to Nelson for the Top of the South regatta. Day one was sailed in light conditions which suited the local teams but not College, who found themselves in silver fleet for day two. With better winds and some good racing, the team won five of the seven races on the second day to return to the gold fleet. The final day produced much closer races and a good win to have the team finish 7th in the gold fleet. This regatta provided some valuable match racing before the National Secondary Schools’ Championships in the school holidays at Algies Bay near Auckland. Surfing
swam a great race to win in a new record time of 1.47.86. James Currie followed with a strong swim in the open 100m breaststroke to triumph in another record time of 1.05.70. The records kept coming when the 15 years 4x50m freestyle relay team of Conor McCullough, Max Harris, Jordan Astley and Daniel Bridgman dominated their race to set a new record of 1.42.70. The team collected another six individual titles: Finlay McCullough (12–13 years 50m butterfly); Max Harris (15 years 50m breaststroke), Conor McCullough (15 years 50m backstroke), Daniel Bridgman (15 years 50m butterfly), Bradley Shearer (16–18 years 50m butterfly) and James Currie (16–18 years 50m breaststroke). There were also placings to Conor McCullough (2nd open 200m IM), Callum Gard (3rd 14 years 50m backstroke), Jordan Astley (3rd 15 years 50m butterfly), Daniel Bridgman (3rd open 100m butterfly), Truman Heath (3rd 15 years 50m freestyle), plus a 3rd for the open freestyle 4x50m relay. Tennis
Nont Prachuabmoh, Liam Barrett and Jasper Johnson had a busy term. The College team won the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Championships and was heading towards a South Island title before weather forced the abandonment of the tournament. In tournament week, the team travelled to Auckland for the national schools’ team event and played five matches over four days. Despite losing a team member on day one to injury, the team continued to play their best and competed well in most of the ties. They were eventually rewarded with a very good 4–2 win over King’s College, and 5th place in New Zealand. In the local midweek competition, several College teams enjoyed success. The College B1 side was 2nd in B grade division 1, and College teams were 2nd and 3rd in B grade division 2. In the Junior grades, College J1 won division 1 while College J2 won division 2. In the Year 9 grade, the top College side went through unbeaten to claim the grade for the term.
College had several surfers competing in the National
Scholastic Surfing Championships. After a term of competition, we were awarded the top school. Tai McKenzie was 1st and Max Airey 3rd in the U14 grade, Jack McKenzie won the U16 grade and Gus Priest was 2nd, and Adam Zhu 3rd in the U18 grade. Swimming This term in Akaroa, College swimmer Jordan Astley competed in the South Island Secondary Schools’ Open Water Championships. In the 2km event, Jordan was 3rd male, 4th overall, and was 1st in his age group out of 177 competitors. College was represented by 16 swimmers at the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Championships and there were a number of very notable performances. The open medley relay team of Conor McCullogh, James Currie, Daniel Bridgman and Bradley Shearer
The Senior A tennis team of Nathan McKenzie, Nant and
College Issue 40 2021
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