Is there something in the water?!

A Record-Breaking Start to the Year 

The 2024 Westlake Girls Swimming Sports Day was record-breaking in and out of the pool. Nearly 500 students journeyed to AUT Millennium’s National Aquatic Centre for the first school event of the year on 15 February. Our largest number of participants ever enjoyed the colourful opportunity to earn valuable points for their houses. Hopeful synchronised swimmers, enthusiastic relay swimmers and Manu bombers gave it their all.


We were also treated to an awe-inspiring display from Westlake Girls’ top swimmers, who toppled 10 school records in the water!

Wairau’s Brooke Humphries began the record-breaking spree by winning the Junior Girls 200m Freestyle in a time of 2.26.12, more than eight seconds faster than the previous record set in 2023. Humphries then broke three more records, including the Junior Girls 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Medley.

Accompanied by Onewa’s Eva Makarova-Paton, who broke the Junior Girls 50m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke records, the pair impressively set new records for all Junior Girls events.

Cayleigh Blackburn was the standout performer in the Intermediate Girls events, setting a new record for the 50m Freestyle to become the Intermediate Girls’ Swimming Champion for Pupuke. Onewa’s Julia Kim broke two records in the Senior Girls 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle, while Mia Stanley-Hunt managed to shave 100ths of a second off the final record in the Senior Girls 200m Medley. Humphries won the Junior Swimming Champion title, while Kim and Stanley-Hunt shared the Senior Champion honours.

Overall, Onewa had a stellar day in the pool, winning the House competition with 239 points, 27 points ahead of Hauraki on 212 and 35 points clear of Wairau. Pupuke finished 4th overall with 164 points, and Akoranga was 5th with 130.

Thank you to our Head Girl, Candese Mamaia-Hellesoe, who made a fantastic MC for the occasion!

Mia Stanley-Hunt – 39
Julia Kim – 39
Annabel Van Wyk 18


Cayleigh Blackburn – 45
Tannah Strombeck – 29
Ashleigh Fox – 16


Brooke Humphries – 40
Eva Makarova-Paton – 19
Kayla Alarcon-Bustmante – 18

Overall House Points