In a first for Mingara’s Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS), five swimmers from its Elite Swim program have competed in the 2019 New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships.
Held across five days at the Auckland Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre in October, this event brought together a number of New Zealand’s best short course swimmers to compete at the national level.
The CCAS team was led by Head Coach, Stephen Critoph, and included Cameron Dodd, Fergus Henderson, James Koch, Nathan Ward and Patrick Uljan.
Every team member contested finals with numerous personal bests broken.
Koch was the standout performer for the CCAS, picking up two silver medals in the 100m and 400m Freestyle and a bronze in the 50m Freestyle.
Both Ward and Henderson came close to medalling themselves when they made it to the finals of their respective events (50m Breaststroke and 200m Breaststroke) but failed to secure a podium finish.
“It was a really great experience for the whole team,” Critoph said.
“The achievements reflected the growth that every athlete has had throughout the 2019 CCAS program, combined with the work with their home coaches.
“New Zealand hosted a wonderful meet and the CCAS Elite squad look forward to returning in 2020,” he added.
Media release, Oct 22
Robyn Low-Hart, Central Coast Academy of Sport