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SWIMMING.

AUCKLAND CENTRE'S CARNIVAL. N.Z. 440 YARDS RECORD LOWBRED. . The third annual carnival of the Auckland Centre of the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association took place in the Auckland Graving Dock on Saturday. The gathering was, as usual, attended with entire success, the number of spectators being estimated at quite 500. The programme, comprised a number of capitally contested races, the mpst interest being centred in the 200 yards Breast Stroke Championship of Auckland, which was won by W. R. Horton, of the Waitemata Club, In 3m 235. The progress of the events was watched withY keen interest, all the races being despatched punctually to time. In the 440 Yards Handicap, M. E. Champion, of the Waitemata Cliib, was successful In reducing the 440 yards .N.Z. record by 3 2-ss. . Mr Geo. Katterns officiated as starter; Messrs H. Frost, C. Weaver, and D. Callinan as judges, and Messrs Stewart and Campbell ac haadlcappers. The following were the results:^-' — Novice Handicap, 50 yards. — First heat: J. A. Tobin, 3s. 1; J. Gibbons, scr., 2. Time 31s. Second heat: J. E. Inkster, 3s, 1; F. J. Preston, 3e, 2. Time 31s. Third heat: T. HcGlashan, 3s. 1: O J. Sommerville is, 2;' Time; 345. Final: McGlashan, 1; Inkster, 2, Won lay a yard. Time 31 4-ss. Schoolboys' Handicap,. 25 yards! —r H. Goulu. 4s, 1; C. J. Bloomneld, scr., 2. A well-contested race, hotly fought to a finish. Time 19s. Auckland Handicap, 100 yards. — .bust heat: AY, T. Matthews, lls-, 1; S. J. Easdown, os, 2. Time 70s. Second heat; L. Kerr-Taylor, 12s, 1; P. C. Weston, os, 2. Time 74 2-ss. Third heat: Francis, 1; V. Barchard;' lg's. 2. Time 78 4-ss. Final: Matthews, 1; Kerr-Taylor, 2. A splendid race, won by Inches. Time 73 l-ss. Schoolboys' Relay Race.—Normal School, 1 Boys' Handicap, under 17, 50 yards. — First heat: G. Jessen, 6s, 1; A. Jessen, ss, 2. Time 355. Secoud heat: C. J. Bloomfield, ss, 1; A. Matthews, 6s, 2, Time 345. Third heat: J. Rees, 3s, 1; i.'Stewart, ss, 2. Time 33 4-ss. Final: Stewart I', ~ees'"2. A clb'se'fi'nlsh'. Time 34"1 : 55.' Breast' Stroke CHamt>ionsbipor Atiekliind, 200 yards. — W. R. Horton (Waitemata S.C.), 1; M. B. Champion (Waitemata S.C.), 2. Fonr competed. Horton went to th< front at once, followed by Mnlvlhill, Gib< bons, and Champion, and but for the fact that the last-named had then advanced to third place, the relative positions were unchanged when . the 100 yards mark wat passed. ~Wifn 150 yards covered, Hnfton was leading by ten yards, whilst MuMhtl; and " Champion w.ere ' swimming , abX'east, ■with Gibbons several yards further back. Horton won the race by quite* ten' yafd'sc Champion securing second honours by a. neck from Mulvihill. Time, 3m 235. Diving Competition. — Kronfeld 1, Bloom* field 2. Carnival Handicap, 50 yards. — First heat: F-. KToilXeldt, -55," 1:-W. Geddis. 3s, 2. Time 34 3-us. Second 'neat? W. Johnston, Bs, 1; E. TJnderwood, 6e, 2. Time 34 S-ss: Third heat: J. Inkster, 6s, 1; J. Eas< dale, Gs, 2. Time 33 3-ss. Fonrth heat: E. Marrett, scr., 1; W. K. Purcell, Is, 2. Time 30 l-ss. Fifth heat: O. Anderson, os. If S. J. Kean, 4s, 2. Time 31 4-Ds. Final! Kean 1, Purcell 2. Won fairly easily. Time 345. o 440 Yards Handicap. — M. E. scr, 1; R. A. Hogan, 335, 2. .Eleven com. peted. The limit man- was dispatched Si 60' seconds," "Champion starting at sciar-ia. and 20- seconds behind his- predecessor-. Champion won by six yards, a similar dis tance separating second and third. Champion'B time of om 595, constitutes a re duction of 3 2-">s on R. Healy's New Zealand record for the distance. Champion was swimming easily right through, but from the fart that he was matched against such a large number of evidently inexperienced swimmers, it is difficult to describe his progress in a comparative sense.

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SWIMMING. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 69, 22 March 1909

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