2008 Oceania Swimming Championships

The 2008 Oceania Swimming Championships were held in New Zealand and featured competition in swimming, open water swimming and synchronized swimming. It was the 7th Oceania Swimming Championships and second time that New Zealand hosted the event after playing host to the 2000 Championships.

The open water competitions were held from 3 February to 5 February near Rotorua in Lake Okataina and Lake Rotoma whilst the swimming and synchronized swimming competitions were carried out from 5 June to 8 June in Christchurch at the QEII Leisure Centre.

Twelve of the 13 federated members of the Oceania Swimming Association competed with the Northern Mariana Islands the only member not to send any swimmers. Two associate members also attending, bringing the total to 14: the French overseas department New Caledonia and the USA State Hawaii.

Medal Tally

The ranking sorts by the number of gold medals earned by a member federation (or associate member) of the Oceania Swimming Association. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If, after the above, countries are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically. The host country, New Zealand, is highlighted in lavender. The greatest number of medals won in each medal category, gold, silver, bronze, and total, is in boldface.

  *   Host nation (New Zealand)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 New Zealand (NZL)*2117846
2 Australia (AUS)17201855
3 Papua New Guinea (PNG)1023
4 Hawaii (HAW)0055
5 New Caledonia (NCL)0044
6 French Polynesia (PYF)0011
7 American Samoa (ASA)0000
 Cook Islands (COK)0000
 F.S. Micronesia (FSM)0000
 Fiji (FIJ)0000
 Guam (GUM)0000
 Marshall Islands (MHL)0000
 Northern Mariana Islands (NMI)0000
 Palau (PLW)0000
 Samoa (SAM)0000
Totals (15 nations)393738114

Swimming

A total of 38 swimming events were contested in a 50-metre pool. To give the smaller island nations a chance against the stronger swimming nations of Australia and New Zealand the championships rules stated that in the individual events only the top two qualifiers from each country progress through to the final with the third fastest swimmer only from those countries with two swimmers qualifying for the ‘A’ final permitted to swim in the ‘B’ final. In the relay events it was one medal per country. So, for example, if New Zealand 'A' finishes first, Australia 'A' finishes second, New Zealand 'B' finishes third and New Caledonia finishes fourth, New Caledonia would be awarded the bronze medal.

Key

  • CR - Championship record
  • NR - National record

Men's events

Event: Gold: Time Silver: Time Bronze: Time
Freestyle
Men's 50 m
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William Benson
 New Zealand
Mark Herring
 New Zealand
22.92 CR Matthew Brooks
 Australia
23.27
Men's 100 m
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Mark Herring
 New Zealand
50.17 Cameron Gibson
 New Zealand
50.43 Reece Turner
 Australia
50.61
Men's 200 m
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Robert Hurley
 Australia
1:48.84 CR Andrew McMillan
 New Zealand
1:51.14 Reece Turner
 Australia
1:51.44
Men's 400 m
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Robert Hurley
 Australia
3:53.56 CR Theodore Pasialis
 Australia
3:54.77 Bryn Murphy
 New Zealand
4:00.81
Men's 1500 m
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Theodore Pasialis
 Australia
15:27.31 CR Kane Radford
 New Zealand
15:43.87 Bryn Murphy
 New Zealand
15:48.17
Backstroke
Men's 50 m
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Robert Hurley
 Australia
25.64 CR Daniel Bell
 New Zealand
26.13 Bradley Byrne
 Australia
26.56
Men's 100 m
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Robert Hurley
 Australia
55.04 CR Bobby Jovanovich
 Australia
56.54 Gareth Kean
 New Zealand
56.82
Men's 200 m
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Robert Hurley
 Australia
2:01.23 CR Cameron Stanley
 New Zealand
2:02.08 John Zulch
 New Zealand
2:04.35
Breaststroke
Men's 50 m
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Glenn Snyders
 New Zealand
28.31 CR James Stacey
 Australia
29.03 Stephane Debaere
 Tahiti
29.61
Men's 100 m
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Glenn Snyders
 New Zealand
1:02.31 James Stacey
 Australia
1:03.16 Dean Kent
 New Zealand
1:03.92
Men's 200 m
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Glenn Snyders
 New Zealand
2:16.24 CR James Stacey
 Australia
2:16.36 Kekoa Taparra
 Hawaii
2:28.60
Butterfly
Men's 50 m
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Corney Swanepoel
 New Zealand
23.98 CR Chris Wright
 Australia
24.32 Ryan Pini
 Papua New Guinea
24.48
Men's 100 m
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Ryan Pini
 Papua New Guinea
52.33 CR Corney Swanepoel
 New Zealand
52.54 Chris Wright
 Australia
53.40
Men's 200 m
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Moss Burmester
 New Zealand
1:58.00 CR Chris Wright
 Australia
1:59.50 Ryan Napoleon
 Australia
2:02.11
Individual Medley
Men's 200 m
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Dean Kent
 New Zealand
2:02.21 CR Stephen Parkes
 Australia
2:05.71 John Gatfield
 New Zealand
2:07.04
Men's 400 m
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Stephen Parkes
 Australia
4:30.49 Brett Newall
 New Zealand
4:36.32 Bryn Murphy
 New Zealand
4:41.64
Freestyle Relay
Men's 4×100 m
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Mark Herring
Orinoco Faamausili-Banse
William Benson
Cameron Gibson

 New Zealand
3:19.91 CR Reece Turner
Chris Wright
Matthew Brooks
Robert Hurley
 Australia
3:22.84 ?
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 New Caledonia
3:35.12
Men's 4×200 m
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Ryan Napoleon
Reece Turner
Theodore Pasialis
Robert Hurley

 Australia
7:25.63 CR ?
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 New Zealand
7:33.29 ?
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 New Caledonia
8:11.72
Medley Relay
Men's 4×100 m
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Daniel Bell
Glenn Snyders
Corney Swanepoel
Cameron Gibson

 New Zealand
3:38.62 CR Robert Hurley
James Stacey
Chris Wright
Reece Turner
 Australia
3:38.90 ?
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?
?
 New Caledonia
4:02.88

Women's events

Event: Gold: Time Silver: Time Bronze: Time
Freestyle
Women's 50 m
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Rebecca Ohlwein
 Australia
25.84 CR Kacey Pilgrim
 Australia
26.05 Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane
 Papua New Guinea
26.84
Women's 100 m
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Hayley Palmer
 New Zealand
55.55 CR Merindah Dingjan
 Australia
56.27 Rebecca Ohlwein
 Australia
56.54
Women's 200 m
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Helen Norfolk
 New Zealand
2:00.31 CR Lauren Boyle
 New Zealand
2:00.73 Merindah Dingjan
 Australia
2:02.80
Women's 400 m
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Lauren Boyle
 New Zealand
4:14.29 Morgan-Lee Barnes
 Australia
4:16.45 Jacinta Powell
 Australia
4:16.73
Women's 800 m
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Lauren Boyle
 New Zealand
8:44.06 Jacinta Powell
 Australia
8:45.72 Morgan-Lee Barnes
 Australia
8:51.21
Backstroke
Women's 50 m
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Elizabeth Coster
 New Zealand
28.16 CR Emily Thomas
 New Zealand
28.46 Bridgette-Rose Taylor
 Australia
28.50
Women's 100 m
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Elizabeth Coster
 New Zealand
59.44 CR Melissa Ingram
 New Zealand
59.87 Bridgette-Rose Taylor
 Australia
1:00.40
Women's 200 m
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Melissa Ingram
 New Zealand
2:11.03 CR Siobhan Keane
 Australia
2:14.55 Bridgette-Rose Taylor
 Australia
2:17.32
Breaststroke
Women's 50 m
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Jessica Legge
 Australia
32.22 CR Annabelle Carey
 New Zealand
33.14 Kacey Pilgrim
 Australia
33.76
Women's 100 m
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Jessica Legge
 Australia
1:11.30 Annabelle Carey
 New Zealand
1:11.53 Olivia Halicek
 Australia
1:15.27
Women's 200 m
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Jessica Legge
 Australia
2:34.66 Annabelle Carey
 New Zealand
2:46.48 Elizabeth Matthews
 Hawaii
2:47.88
Butterfly
Women's 50 m
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Amy Smith
 Australia
27.46 Jessica Ash
 Australia
27.92 Emily Thomas
 New Zealand
28.52
Women's 100 m
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Amy Smith
 Australia
59.96 CR Elizabeth Coster
 New Zealand
1:00.07 NR Jessica Ash
 Australia
1:01.29
Women's 200 m
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Amy Smith
 Australia
2:09.63 CR Jessica Ash
 Australia
2:15.15 Marissa Yamamoto
 Hawaii
2:32.37
Individual Medley
Women's 200 m
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Helen Norfolk
 New Zealand
2:14.74 CR Jessica Legge
 Australia
2:18.37 Blair Evans
 Australia
2:20.43
Women's 400 m
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Helen Norfolk
 New Zealand
4:47.32 CR Blair Evans
 Australia
4:54.03 Jessica Legge
 Australia
4:58.93
Freestyle Relay
Women's 4×100 m
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Olivia Halicek
Rebecca Ohlwein
Kacey Pilgrim
Merindah Dingjan

 Australia
3:47.32 ?
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 New Zealand
4:00.19 ?
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 New Caledonia
4:08.03
Women's 4×200 m
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Helen Norfolk
Lauren Boyle
Hayley Palmer
Tash Hind

 New Zealand
8:10.78 CR Merindah Dingjan
Blair Evans
Jacinta Powell
Morgan-Lee Barnes
 Australia
8:13.31 ?
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 Hawaii
9:06.10
Medley Relay
Women's 4×100 m
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Bridgette-Rose Taylor
Jessica Legge
Amy Smith
Olivia Halicek

 Australia
4:09.14 CR ?
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 New Zealand
4:11.68 ?
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 Hawaii
4:36.98

Open Water Swimming

Men's events

Event: Gold: Time Silver: Time Bronze: Time
Men's 5 km
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Trent Grimsey
 Australia
58:34.21 Kane Radford
 New Zealand
59:41.30 Blake Collis
 Australia
59:47.39
Men's 10 km
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Trent Grimsey
 Australia
1:59:34.8 Kane Radford
 New Zealand
1:59:53.2 Blake Collis
 Australia
2:00:06.9

Women's events

Event: Gold: Time Silver: Time Bronze: Time
Women's 5 km
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Stacey Hansford
 Australia
1:01:30.90 Amy Thompson
 Australia
1:01:31.99 Joyce Wiegersma
 New Zealand
1:06:43:55
Women's 10 km
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Amy Thompson
 Australia
2:04:51.0 Stacey Hansford
 Australia
2:04:51.0 Joyce Wiegersma
 New Zealand
2:08:22.4

Synchronized Swimming

Records broken

During the 2008 Oceania Swimming Championships, 42 Championship Records (or Meet Records) were set. Multiple Continental and National Records were also set.

Championship records

See also

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