Nelson-Marlborough’s top young swimmers won bronze in the regional 200m medley relay in the girls’ 15 & Under age group at the New Zealand Short Course Championships being held in Wellington.
The team of Rebecca Hull (Blenheim), Sara Gane (Blenheim), Samantha Trevurza (Motueka) and Ellie Rukuwai (Nelson South), which included two 14-year-olds and one 13-year-old, were bettered only by the best 15-year-old swimmers from the always-dominant Auckland and Canterbury regions.
Trevurza (13), who also won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke today, said “I am so proud to be part of this team. We beat out big guns like Wellington, Otago and Waikato. We are all so stoked.”
Earlier in the day, Rukuwai set a Nelson-Marlborough open record (for all ages) of 2:27.69 in the 200m Individual Medley, while finishing 7th in the 14-year-old girls. That record was then beaten a few hours later by her teammate Grace Woodall of Nelson South, who finished 9th in the 200m IM for 16-year-olds with a time of 2:27.61. Woodall also had a top ten finish in the 50m backstroke, placing 9th.
Kaiori McGuinnety (17) of Nelson South got a Nelson-Marlborough open record as well, breaking his own record in the 100m freestyle with a time of 53.83 to finish 14th amongst New Zealand’s fastest male swimmers of all ages.
The meet concludes on Thursday, when Sara Gane will aim to complete her sweep of the breaststroke events for 14-year-old girls, having won gold in the 50m and 200m events earlier in the meet.
Posted: Wed 03 Oct 2012