Record rampage at Nationals

Record rampage at Nationals

Twelve Nelson-Marlborough open records and 32 age group records were broken at the New Zealand Short Course Championships this week in Wellington, in the biggest assault on the regional record book in recent memory. 

Kaiori McGuinniety of Nelson South led the record-breaking rampage, setting new Nelson-Marlborough records for 17-year-olds in all eight events he entered: 50, 100, 200 and 400m freestyle; 50 and 200m backstroke; and 50 and 100m butterfly. Five of those were also Nelson-Marlborough open records.

Grace Woodall of Nelson South set four new Nelson-Marlborough records for 16-year-old girls, including open records in the 200 free and 200 individual medley.

Other swimmers setting Nelson-Marlborough open records at the meet were Skye Eden of Nelson South (50m free), Ellie Rukuwai of Nelson South (100m individual medley) and Rebecca Hull of Blenheim (50m backstroke). Hull also set five age-group records for 15-year-old girls, while Eden broke two records for 16-year-olds previously held by Olympic swimmer Amaka Gessler from Motueka.

Sam Trevurza - 3rd place in 50m BackstrokeNelson-Marlborough age group records were also set by Samantha Trevurza (13) of Motueka (50m & 100m backstroke); Toby Lloyd (14) of Blenheim (200 free, 200 butterfly and 100 individual medley); William Borrell (15) of Nelson (400 free and 50 butterfly); and Fraser Neill (16) of Nelson (200 free).

Blenheim’s Sara Gane completed her sweep of the breaststroke events for 14-year-old with her third gold medal. Gane set Nelson-Marlborough records for 14-year-old girls in the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke while winning national titles in those events. Her times in the 50 and 100m races were also Nelson-Marlborough open records.

In addition to Gane’s three gold medals, other highlights of the meet were a bronze for Trevurza in the 50m backstroke for 13-year-old girls and a bronze for the girls 15 year & under relay in the 200m medley, comprising Hull, Trevurza, Rukuwai and Gane.

PHOTO CAPTION: Top photo: Nelson-Marlborough’s bronze-winning 15 & under girls relay. Back left to right: Ellie Rukuwai (freestyle) and Samantha Trevurza (backstroke). Front left to right: Rebecca Hull (butterfly) and Sara Gane (breaststroke).

Bottom photo: Sam Trevurza of Motueka (at right) collects her bronze medal for the 50m backstroke.

Posted: Fri 05 Oct 2012