Baddock Takes the 200 Backstroke at New Zealand Championships


Auburn Tiger Caroline Baddock took home the gold in the women’s 200 backstroke at the 2016 New Zealand Short Course National Championships. Baddock, who is representing the North Shore Club at the meet, won the event in a time of 2:08.12 less than eight tenths of a second away from the World Short Course Championships qualifying time of 2:07.38.

“This week I wanted to swim fast and win some races. Obviously I was trying for the world’s team but I am still happy with the times and the swims,” Baddock said.

“I am straight back into it when I go back to university. It’s been great to be home. It has reminded me how nice swimming is in New Zealand and how much fun it is. Everyone has welcomed me back at the Shore club.”

Baddock was the first of three North Shore swimmers who collected medals in the event. Kelsi Boocock finished second in a time of 2:09.54 followed by Emma Godwin who posted a time of 2:10.90.

Wilrich Coetzee, who has already won the 100, 200 and 400 IM as well as the 100 backstroke, took the men’s 100 butterfly in a time of 52.84. Coetzee finished almost a second ahead of the field, but was well off the World Championships qualifying time of 51.75.

Australian Emily Washer recorded the fastest time in the women’s 100 butterfly hitting the wall in a time of 57.97. Washer has also posted the top time in the 100 and 200 IM as well as the 50 butterfly. Helen Gasson was the top Kiwi in the event touching in a time of 58.74 four tenths of a second off of the World Championships qualifying time of 58.74.

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