Nelson-Marlborough swimmers had one of their best ever set of results in the Canterbury West Coast Long course swimming champs over the weekend.
Swimmers from Nelson, Nelson South, Blenheim and Motueka Swimming clubs all posted significant improvements in best times qualifying a significant number for the up coming National swim meets in February and March.
Notable highlights were the performances of Fraser Neill taking 5 gold Medals in the 13-14 year age group breaking 3 Nelson Marlborough records in the process for 200 and 400 Freestyle, 200 Butterfly races. William Borrell taking Gold in the 100 Fly and Breaking the Nelson Marlborough record to take Gold in the 50 fly. Silver Medals went to Claire Ballance in the 100m Breastroke to reward her phenomenal climb through the ranks in the girls 10 and under events, Samantha Trevurza in he 50 Backstroke and bronze medals went to Ryan Cheyne in the intensely competitive mens 200m Breastroke and the 100m breaststroke, Samantha trevurza in the 200m back and Pip Dwyer won bronze in the 100 and 200 breastroke.
Grace Woodall shone taking 2 Nelson Marlborough Backstroke records (200 and 100m) qualifying her for the National Age group competitions along with Ellie Rukuwai, Ryan Cheyne, Kaiori McGuinniety,Skye Eden and Neill and Borrell.
Blenheim Swimming Club (BSC) had 12 swimmers at Canterbury West Coast Championships 2011. It was a great meet for many swimmers with the standout being Sara Gane winning two gold, four silver and two bronze medals. She also made three other finals. Sara broke a Nelson Marlborough record taking almost 2 seconds of the 200 Breaststroke record which was last broken by Annabelle Carey in 2001.
Dillon Kavanagh won bronze in the 200m Butterfly. Other swimmers to make finals were Oriana Houra (4), Lucy Kerry (6), Nick Kerry (1), Toby Lloyd (1), Lydia Mossman (1), Annaliese Raemaki (1) and Lachlan Ridley (3). Most swimmers achieved a number of good PB’s ..
The BSC relays were particularly pleasing with the girls’ 11 – 12 years team of Oriana Houra, Sara Gane, Annaliese Raemaki and Natalie Trayling gaining bronze medals in both the medley and freestyle events. Oriana and Sara then teamed up with Sally McMath and Lydia Mossman to compete in the 13 – 14 year relays where they finished a very creditable 6th in the Freestyle and 7th in the medley. The boys relay team of Dillon Kavanagh, Nick Kerry, Kieran Raemaki and Lachlan Ridley finished 7th in the 4 x 100m freestyle and 9th in the 4 x 50m medley.
This year has seen a big rise in the ranks for Nelson-Marlborough Junior swimmers with a large group qualifying for the National competition. Qualifying junior swimmers are Sara Gane, Oriana Houra, Claire Ballance, Clara Foster, Georgina Trengrove, Marekara McGuinniety, Matai McGuinniety, Finn Eden, Matthew Fritz and Patrick Howes. Three Motueka swimmers have made the team Pip Dwyer, Samantha Trevurza and Daniel Trevurza.
Posted: Thu 03 Feb 2011