Erika Fairweather Breaks Sophia Batchelor’s 200 Free Age Record in NZ


No new athletes attached their name to qualifying times for the senior Pan Pac Championships on day 2 of the New Zealand Open in Auckland, but the country’s youth talent continued to impress with their potential.

After 3 National Age Records were broken on Monday, another went down on Tuesday, in addition to 5 new Jr. Pan Pac and Youth Olympic Games selection standards.

The women’s 200 free was won by North Shore’s Carina Doyle in 2:00.27 – just a quarter-of-a-second away from the time she swam at the Commonwealth Games in April.

Behind her in 2nd place was 14-year old Erika Fairweather of the Neptune Swim Club in 2:02.56. That’s a new National Age Record, breaking the 2:02.91 done by Sophia Batchelor in 2010.

Fairweather already holds the record in this event for 13-year olds (2:06.89), and is well on her way to getting Batchelor’s 15-year olds record as well (which cucrrently stands at 2:02.45). That is, if Amadika Atkinson doesn’t get there first. Atkinson, who is a teammate of Doyle at North Shore, took 3rd place in 2:02.77, which left her about three-tenths shy of that record for 15-year olds. Both times are under the selection standard for the Jr. Pan Pac Championships.

Other Jr. Pan Pacs Selection Standards achieved are below.

The meet also featured a number of swimmers doubling up on Monday wins, becoming multi-event champions already through day 2 of the meet.

Winners Who Doubled Up

  • In the men’s 200 free to kick off the evening session, 18-year old Zac Reid held in a dead-heat with Jonathan Rutter until about 125 meters, where Reid took off. He wound up winning comfortably, but the final margin (1:50.35 to 1:51.31) belies the competitiveness of the race. Reid won the 400 free on Monday.
  • In the multi-class races, Tama Solouota from Howick Pakuranga picked up 2 wins on Tuesday alone, making 3 overall for the meet. The 15-year old won the men’s 100 breaststroke on Monday, and added wins in the 50 breaststroke (38.66) and 100 backstroke (1:08.83) on Tuesday, making him the meet’s first triple winner.
  • Vanessa Ouwehand from St. Peter’s won the 100 fly A-Final in a new personal best of 1:01.13. That follows on her win in the 50 fly on Monday. In the heats of that race, Hannah Bates posted her Jr. Pan Pacs qualifying time of 1:01.60, though in finals she was 3rd in just 1:01.99


  • B. 200 free – Zac Reid, Aquabladz New Plymouth, 1:50.35
  • G. 200 free – Erika Fairweathere, Neptune, 2:02.56
  • G. 200 free – Amadika Atkinson, North Shore, 2:02.77
  • G. 200 free – Chelsey Edwards, SwimZone, 2:03.50
  • G. 100 fly – Hannah Bates, Aquagym, 1:01.99

Other Event Winners:

  • 18-year old Lewis Clareburt won the men’s 400 IM in 4:17.52, taking the race by almost a 13-second margin of victory. He swam a 4:14 at the Commonwealth Games for a bronze medal, which was the New Zealand men’s only swimming medal at that event (Sophie Pascoe won a pair of golds in para events for the women).
  • Clara Smith of Northwave won the women’s 200 breaststroke in 2:34.08.
  • Julian Layton from the Heretaunga Sundevils won the men’s 200 breaststroke in 2:11.55.
  • The men’s 100 fly final finished in a tie, with 18-year old Ben Carr and 21-year old Wilrich Coetzee posting matching 54.21s.

Team Scores After Day 2

Combined Top 5:

  1. North Shore – 1,660 points
  2. Howick Pakuranga – 1,338 points
  3. (TIE) United Swimming Club/Capital Swim Club – 746 points
  4. Selwyn Swim Club – 514 points

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