Sam McKenzie of Nelson won five gold medals in freestyle and butterfly events while Nelson-Marlborough girls dominated the breaststroke events at the Wellington long course summer championships held recently.
McKenzie, of the Nelson Swimming Club, also set three new Nelson-Marlborough records for 13-year-old boys.
Clara Foster (13) of Nelson South and Sara Gane (14) of Blenheim each won all three breaststroke events in their age groups, and Ellie Rukuwai (15) of Nelson South and Madisen Stanley of Nelson Swimming Club won two apiece.
Kaiori McGuinniety (17) of Nelson South continued his record-setting pace, smashing six regional age-group records and two open records. After finishing second in the preliminary heats for the 50m butterfly, McGuinniety upped the pace and won the event against stiff competition.
Other gold medals were won by Phillipa Dwyer (13) of Nelson South in the 800m freestyle, setting a new Nelson-Marlborough age group record, and Samantha Trevurza (14) of Motueka, who broke age-group and open records while winning the 50m backstroke. Matia McGuinniety (12) of Nelson South won gold in the 50m butterfly.
Several other swimmers captured silver and bronze medals and swam personal best times as Nelson-Marlborough swimmers put in an outstanding performance in the 50m pool, auguring well for national age group meets coming up in February.
Posted: Thu 31 Jan 2013