12 May Ella Crowe Proves Open Water Dominance
Pakuranga College’s own open water swimming prodigy, Year 13 student, Ella Crowe, has capped an exceptional season with victory in all three of her events at the New Zealand Swimming Secondary Schools competition, held at Mt Maunganui at the end of Term 1.
Ella used quick turnarounds between the 2.8km, 1.25km and 500m races to her advantage, drawing on her high levels of fitness to win her three age-group events in the space of three short hours.
She credits her fitness to a move from the Howick and Pakuranga Swimming Club development squad up to the senior squad early in the open water season, which starts in November.
Immediately, sessions in the pool increased from four to nine and gym workouts went from one to three. All up, Ella commits to over 15 hours of training each week, much of it spent in the Pakuranga College pool.
“After a few mediocre results at the beginning of the season, I made a decision to fully commit to open water swimming,” she says. “It’s a lot more training, but my performance improved straightaway. I definitely haven’t looked back.”
Her commitment also paid off in the New Zealand Open Water Championships, the nation’s premier open water swimming event, where Ella placed 1st in the 2.5km swim, 2nd in the 10km swim, and 3rd in the 5km swim in the overall women’s category, not to mention winning her age group in each event. Overall, Ella has achieved 11 podium finishes throughout the season.
Ella plans to take her open water swimming commitments even further after school, with an eye on the world juniors’ event in the Seychelles in 2023 and the Olympic 10km marathon swim in 2024.