24 Jun 2016

NZ swimmers on top in Suva

5:33 am on 24 June 2016

New Zealand swimmers shared the spoils with Australia on the penultimate day of pool competition at the Oceania Swimming Championships in Fiji.

Helena Gasson, butterfly swimmer

Helena Gasson, butterfly swimmer Photo: BW Media

The New Zealand team will take a nine medal advantage into the final day of pool action in Suva after they both won four gold medals today.

New Zealand has won 16 gold medals and 39 medals overall while Australia has claimed 13 gold medals and 30 in all.

North Shore's Helena Gasson continued on her winning ways to claim the 100m butterfly in 59.91, which was only one second outside her national record.

There were double victories in the 200m backstroke with North Shore's Corneille Coetzee claiming the men's race in 2:03.61 while Auckland's Annabelle Paterson (United) won the women's final in 2:16.68.

The other win went to Bronagh Ryan (Porirua City) who took out the 50m breaststroke in 33.52.