College in the swim at SI championships

25 Mar 2024

College swimmers have made a massive splash at the South Island Long Course Championships in Dunedin, claiming a large medal haul.

Among the multiple standout results of several College students, Year 11 swimmer Rylind Wheeler, 15, has won an Overall South Island Champion Medal. His success follows on from his 3rd in the 50m breaststroke event at the Victorian Open Long Course Championships in Melbourne the previous month.

Competing in the 15–16 age group at the Moana Pool in Dunedin, Rylind has won gold in the 50m breaststroke with an overall fastest time delivering the open gold medal and the title of Open South Island Champion in that event. He has also secured gold in the 100m breaststroke, and 200m individual medley. Adding to his tally, Rylind has won the 15 and under SKINS, a hotly contested four-round multi-stroke elimination race for prize money.

In the same age group in Dunedin, Luke Manderson, 15, has finished 1st in the 50m freestyle while Mun Chi Jager, 15, has finished 3rd in the same event and the 100m butterfly, 4th in the 100m freestyle, 5th in the 50m butterfly, and 7th in the 200m freestyle. Adding to the impressive results, Justin Wang, 15, and Old Boy Jordan Astley have also lined up in several finals.

In the 12–14 age group, Harry Reekie, 14, has finished 3rd in the 800m final, 4th in the 100m (second-fastest overall in the heats) and 200m, and 5th in the 50m.