Records fall at regional champs
Grace Woodall of Nelson South set two new Swimming Nelson Marlborough open records (i.e. swimmers of any age) in the Women's 100m and 200m backstroke, and a record for 16-yr-olds in the 800m free, and 16 other regional records fell as swimmers reaped the rewards of summer training.
Fraser Neill of Nelson Swimming Club, who won the coveted Marie Saul Cup for best all-round swimmer by just 0.03 percent from Woodall, set new records in the 1500 Free and 400 I.M. Nick Kerry of Blenheim was a very close third.
Motueka dominated the younger age groups, with Daniel Trevurza and Charlie Thain winning the boys and girls Margaret Young Trophies for best 10-year-olds, and James Fleury winning the Durrant Trophy for 12-yr-old boys. With excellent performances from other Motueka swimmers, including a new record by Samantha Trevurza (13) in the 50m backstroke, Motueka claimed the YMCA Cup for most points per entry in the meet.
Ellie Rukuwai (14) and Clara Foster (12) of Nelson South won their age groups and led their club in capturing the Ton Bolton Cup for the 4x50 Women's Relay, the Laurie Crabb Cup for 12x50 Medley Relay and the Buchanan Cup for the most points overall in the meet.
Toby Lloyd (14) of Blenheim won the Pattison Family Cup for his age group and joined Blenheim's winning team in the Men's 4x50 relay for the Worker's Co-op Shield.
Sara Gane (13) of Blenheim continued her assault on the record books with three new records, while Ellie Rukuwai (14) and Kaiori McGuinnety (17) of Nelson South and Nick Kerry (17) of Blenheim claimed two records each. McGuinnety is now the fastest 17-year-old ever in the Nelson-Marlborough region, his time of 23.51 sec in the 50m freestyle eclipsing that of Michael Kendrick of Blenheim in 2004. Kendrick is employed by Stadium 2000 in Blenheim and was poolside when his record was broken.
Other recordbreakers were Sally McMath (14) of Blenheim (200m backstroke) and Caitlin Abbott (15) of Nelson South (200m backstroke).
Posted: Wed 15 Feb 2012