Mitch Hayden finishes on the podium three times at Pacific School Games

PODIUM: Mitch Hayden, centred, cleaned up in the pool while hockey stars Mia Emanuel and Nathan Czinner claimed silver at the Pacific Schools Games.
PODIUM: Mitch Hayden, centred, cleaned up in the pool while hockey stars Mia Emanuel and Nathan Czinner claimed silver at the Pacific Schools Games.

Mitch Hayden keeps cleaning up the medals in the pool with another medal haul in Adelaide at the Pacific Schools games. 

Hayden took on four events for three podium finishes. 

He secured gold with a swim in the butterfly leg of the 4x50 metre relay for the NSW team. 

The team won the event by two lengths and were an agonising 0.25 seconds off breaking the pacific schools games record. 

Hayden was the second fastest qualifier for the 50m butterfly final and saved his best for the deciding race. 

He managed to break his own personal best with a new time of 25.86 seconds and earned a silver medal. 

His new time is less than a quarter of a second off the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games – an impressive feat for a high schooler. 

He blitzed through the pool in the 100m butterfly to enter the finals as the fastest competitor. 

In the final, he missed out on gold by .001 of a second for another silver, another personal best and another time just outside of Commonwealth Games trial times. 

He qualified for the 50m backstroke final with a deadheat in the bottom-ranked spot but passed up the opportunity to compete in the medal race to concentrate on his preferred butterfly events. 

Hayden’s next task is the NSW State Age Championships which will take place next week before he faces the NSW State Opens next month. 

Mitch Hayden excels in butterfly, picking up three medals at the Pacific Schools Games.

Mitch Hayden excels in butterfly, picking up three medals at the Pacific Schools Games.

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