Blenheim's standout swimmer Sara Gane has continued her dominance in the breaststroke in the 14-year-old age group, claiming gold in both the 50m and 200m events at the New Zealand Short Course Championships being held in Wellington. Gane sliced 2.73 seconds off her personal best in the 200m event, finishing 2.5 seconds ahead of her nearest rival. Gane will get a chance to sweep the breaststroke events when she competes in the 100m race on Thursday.
Rebecca Hull, also of Blenheim, also had a top ten finish, winning 6th place in the 50m butterfly for 15-year-old girls. She then stepped it up another notch to grab 4th place in the evening final for the 13-15 year-old age group in the same event.
Ellie Rukuwai of Nelson South Swimming Club won 4th in the 50m breaststroke and 7th in the 200m breaststroke for 14-year-old girls.
The Swimming Nelson Marlborough girls 13-15 year old relay team of Gane, Hull, Rukuwai and Samantha Trevurza of Motueka made the final and finished tenth in the regional 200m freestyle relay.
Swimmers competing in the national meet are -
Nelson Swimming Club: Fraser and Eddie Neill and William Borrell
Nelson South Swimming Club: Ellie Rukuwai, Skye Eden, Grace Woodall and Kaiori McGuinnety
Blenheim: Sara Gane, Rebecca Hull and Toby Lloyd
Motueka: Samantha Trevurza