Alanna’s treble dip

Alanna Rawson with the intermediate schools shield.

Cambridge Middle School student Alanna Rawson has smashed a series of swimming records at the Waikato intermediate school championships. The 12-year-old year eight student broke three records – including one dating back to 1983.

Her efforts helps her school win the event shield which had been held by Hamilton’s Berkley Middle School. The Maeroa Jubilee Shield has been contested since the 1979 – the 25th year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

Alanna’s record haul included beating the 50 metre freestyle mark set in 2018 by Savannah Bourke, the 100 metre freestyle time set by C Rukuwai in 1983 and the 50 metre butterfly record held since 2016 by K Heaslip. The meet was held at Hamilton Waterword in Te Rapa last week. Swimming Waikato’s junior championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the same venue.

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