Swimming National Champions 2016

Westlake National Swimming Champions 2016

A team of nineteen swimmers represented Westlake Boys High School at the 2016 New Zealand Secondary School nationals-2Championships, held in Wellington’s Regional Aquatic Centre over the weekend of 10-11 September.

Westlake headed into the national finals knowing that it would be a challenge to beat last year’s runners-up Wellington College in order to retain the New Zealand championship title. All Westlake swimmers started their heats and finals realising that their placing could mean the difference between finishing on top or runners-up at the end of the competition. Over two intensive days of swimming, some amazing PB’s (Personal Bests) were recorded, most notably by Sam Lee and Bailey Wang. Sam, ranked 9th in the 200m breast, swam an awesome race, claiming the bronze medal and Bailey, ranked 14th for the 100m freestyle, smashed two seconds off his PB to finish 6th overall and winning the Westlake team valuable points at a time when every point counted.

The decider race for the New Zealand title was saved until the final men’s 100m blue ribbon event, when Westlake were narrowly trailing Wellington by 10 points. Captain JaeYun Lim, together with Finn Kennard-Campbell secured Westlake’s win with a gold and silver placing respectively, a very fitting end to a fabulous competition.

Overall Westlake won 30 podium places, including 13 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze medals, finishing up on 2043 points ahead of Wellington College with 1974 points and Palmerston North Boys High School with 1425 points.

To secure a consecutive title at nationals caps off another successful season in the pool for Westlake Boys where hard work and perseverance have yet again paid off. Congratulations to JaeYun for being a fantastic team captain and to the rest of the team for their exemplary conduct, respect and support of everyone in the pool. Special thanks to Mrs Houzet and Mr Salmon for their continuing support and encouragement.


    • Jonathan Selman: 5 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronzenationals-1
    • Finn Kennard-Campbell:  4 gold, 5 silver
    • Bailey Wang: 1 gold, 1 silver
    • JaeYun Lim:  1 gold
    • Matt Holder: 1 silver, 1 bronze
    • Mitch Grigorov: 1 silver
    • Jason Churches: 2 bronze
    • Josh Lee: 1 bronze
    • Sam Lee: 1 bronze
    • 15 and under – free and medley relays: gold
    • 16 and over – free and medley relays: silver

    Read more in the latest College Sports Media article here:  http://www.collegesportmedia.co.nz/swimming

Swimming News

National Age Group Swimming Championships

Jason and Finn receiving their medals for the 50m BackstrokeEight Westlake Boys students successfully competed at the New Zealand National Age Group Swimming Championships in Wellington during the recent school holidays.

Individual medal winners were:
Finn Kennard-Campbell (16)
Gold – 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke
Silver – 50m Fly, 50m Free
Bronze – 200m Backstroke

Jason Churches (16)
Gold – 200m Backstroke
Silver – 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke

Jonathan Selman (14)
Gold – 50m Backstroke
Silver – 100m Backstroke
Bronze – 200m Backstroke

Bailey Wang (14)
Silver – 200m IM, 1500m Free
Bronze – 400m IM, 100m Breast

Matthew Holder  (14)
Silver – 50m Breast, 100m Breast, 200m Breast

Jae Yun Lim (17), Joshua Lee (15) and Samuel Lee (13) also had a strong meet with all swimming in the finals sessions.

Jason starting in the 100 Backstroke at NZ Open ChampsNZ Open Championship (Rio Olympics Trials)
At the end of March, Finn, Jason, Jae Yun, Bailey and Matthew all represented North Shore Swim Club at this key New Zealand event.

Finn and Jason both qualified for the live televised finals with the following places:
Finn 3rd in the 50m Backstroke (in a new New Zealand 16yr old Age Group record), 5th 100 Back and 9th 200 Back.
Jason 5th 200 Back and 9th 100 Back.