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Crosland, Foote share medal haul at Oceania Swimming

New Zealand swimmers added three medals to finish with 15 overall at the conclusion of the Oceania Championships at New Caledonia tonight.

Queensland-based sprinter Cameron Simpson won a silver medal in the final of the 50m freestyle, Carsten Corazza (Howick Pakuranga) earned a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley while the men won a silver medal in the medley relay.

Simpson, from the Templeton club in Christchurch, is currently attending The Southport School on the Gold Coast. He clocked a slick 23.18s to finish behind Australian Kyle Richardson who won in 22.83 to establish a new Oceania Championship record.

Corazza, who won the 400m individual medley, had to settle for the bronze medal in the 200m medley behind Australians Kenneth To and Daniel Lester, with the winner home in a championship record of 2:05.25.

Most successful New Zealand swimmers at the meet were Masterton’s Isaac Foote, swimming for the Wellington Regional High Performance Centre, and Dunedin’s Kurt Crosland, both with three medals.

Foote claimed three bronze medals in the 400m and 1500m freestyle and 10km open water swim.

Crosland (Neptune, Dunedin), at 27 the senior citizen of the team, won the 100m backstroke, and claimed silver medals in the 50m and 200m backstroke in a busy meet where he qualified for six finals.


Men 200m individual medley: Kenneth To (AUS) 2:01.35, 1 (Championship Record); Daniel Lester (AUS) 2:05.25, 2; Carsten Corazza (NZL) 2:06.27, 3. Also: Kurt Crosland (NZL) 2:07.49, 4.

Men 50m freestyle: Kyle Richardson (AUS) 22.83, 1 (CR); Cameron Simpson (NZL) 23.18, 2; Ryan Pini (PNG) 23.56, 3. Also: Crosland 24.00, 4.

Men 200m breaststroke: Nicholas Schafer (AUS) 2:16.67, 1; Thomas Dahlia (FRA) 2:16.70, 2; Nikolas Pregelj (AUS) 2:18.19, 3. Also: Matthew Glassford (NZL) 2:18.21, 4; Corazza 2:21.21, 5.

Men 4x100m medley relay: Australia 3:44.88, 1; New Zealand 3:49.60, 2 (Crosland 56.30, Glassford 1:05.13, 2; Corazza 57.06, Simpson 51.11); France 4:03.13, 3.