Ellie Rukuwai of Nelson South won the best female swimmer for the 4th year running at Swimming Nelson Marlborough's Winter Meet held this weekend at Blenheim's Stadium 2000. Toby Lloyd of Blenheim broke two Nelson-Marlborough swimming records on his way to capturing best male swimmer.
Ellie is shown in the photo (centre), with other medalists in the 13-14 Girls age group, Sara Gane (2nd) and Sally McMath (3rd), both of Blenheim.
The 13-year-old Rukuwai and her Nelson South teammates also claimed the overall team points title, with Grace Woodall of Nelson South placing first in the Girls 15 & Over age group. Blenheim Swimming Club swept the relays and finished second overall in team points.
Pip Dwyer of Motueka got the gold for the top 11-12 year-old girl, while younger brother Daniel got second in 10 & Under boys, missing first by just one point.
Kaiori McGuinnety of Nelson South set Nelson-Marlborough records for 16-year-olds in the 100m Free and 400m Free, Rukuwai broke a record for the 200m Freestyle, and 13-year-old Sally McMath of Blenheim broke her own record for the 200m Backstroke. All records are subject to confirmation.
Visiting swimmer Kyle Barnes of Tawa took home the prize of $100 for breaking a meet record by the largest percentage. Barnes' time of 2:15.16 for the 200m butterfly beat the previous meet record in the 15 & Over age group by 13 seconds.
Age group winners were:
10 & Under Girls: Emily Stewart, Jasi (Chch)
10 & Under Boys: Tom Dreaver, QEII (Chch)
11-12 Girls: Phillipa Dwyer, Motueka
11-12 Boys: Hunter Ferguson-Wilson, QEII (Chch)
13-14 Girls: Ellie Rukuwai, Nelson South
13-14 Boys: Toby Lloyd, Blenheim
15 & Over Girls: Grace Woodall, Nelson South
15 & Over Boys: Kyle Barnes, Tawa (Wgtn)
Posted: Sun 18 Sep 2011