Swimmer, Ben Littlejohn by Supplied

A summer of swimming success

The Queensland State Championships was the first event held in the summer, which saw Ben Littlejohn and Laura Littlejohn compete as part of the Waikato Regional Development team.

Ben’s standout performance came in the 17 years butterfly, winning the gold medal. He also achieved three personal bests in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the 100m backstroke. 

Swimming in an exceptionally strong age group, Laura achieved bronze in the 15 years 50m freestyle, setting a new Waikato age group and Open Women’s record time. She also made finals in the 100m freestyle, 100m fly and 200m freestyle, setting two further Waikato age group records. 

In January, four St Paul’s students competed in the New Zealand Open Water Championships held on Lake Taupo. Swimmers competed in the New Zealand Championship 2.5km and 5km or the Epic Series 1km, 2.5km and 5km swims. 

Boston Tordoff and Samuel Peoples achieved top 10 placings in their age categories of the NZ Championship events. 

Ben Haskell finished 24th in both the NZ 2.5km and 5km championship events (15-17 years). 

Charlize Tordoff competed as part of the non-championship Epic Series of races, finishing 1st 2nd and 3rd in the 15-19 years age group across the distances.

Full results:

Queensland State Championships:

  • Ben Littlejohn (Year 13): Gold in the 17-year-old boys 100m butterfly. Personal bests in the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the 100m backstroke.
  • Laura Littlejohn (Year 11): Bronze in the 15-year-old girls 50m freestyle. Waikato age group and Open Women's record for 50m freestyle.

New Zealand Open Water Championships:

  • Boston Tordoff and Samuel Peoples (Year 10 and 11): Top 10 in their age categories of the NZ Championship events
  • Ben Haskell (Year 11): 24th in the 2.5km and 5km New Zealand Championship events
  • Charlize Tordoff (Year 12): 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 15-19-years-old girls age group non-championship Epic Series of racing.

Congratulations to all swimmers who competed over the holiday break.