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Papatoetoe swimmer cleans up at State NZ Division II competition

Papatoetoe swimmer Michael Mills produced a number of golden performances in the State NZ Division II competition at Waterworld in Hamilton this week.

The Papatoetoe swimmer topped the medal charts taking home six individual gold medals and one silver medal in the 16 to 18 year old age group individual events.

Mills, 17, claimed his final gold medal in the 100m butterfly tonight to take his overall medal count to seven. His efforts no doubt helped his team to sixth place in the club competition.

Matamata’s Thomas Raymond took home the most medals overall with eight.  Raymond completed his medal count on the final night with a win in the 1500m freestyle and a second in the 50m freestyle, giving him a final tally of five gold and three silver.

In the girls’ events Counties Manukau swimmers Quianna Thomson and Caitlin Elborough were the standout performers of the week.

Thomson of Howick Pakuranga finished with the most gold medals for the girls with a total of four while Pukekohe swimmer, Elborough, took home the most overall medals with seven.

Both girls results from the week making a strong contribution to their teams finishing in the top ten for club points.

Despite the stand out performances from these swimmers, St Peters Swimming Academy couldn’t be touched in the club competition with 760.5 points. Pukekohe were second on 628 from Coast 591, North Canterbury 516, Aquabladz New Plymouth 512, Papatoetoe 440, Comet Swimming 423, North Shore 421, Howick Pakuranga 401 and Jasi Swim Team 388.