Waimea leads SNM to South Island trophy

Waimea leads SNM to South Island trophy

Bradley Limmer (17) of Waimea Swimming Club led a team of 32 swimmers from the Blenheim, Motueka, Nelson, Nelson South and Waimea swimming clubs as they won the regional team trophy at the South Island Country and Town Competition in Timaru last weekend.

The Nelson-Marlborough team brought home 17 Gold Medals, 21 Silver and 15 Bronze as they claimed the Top Region trophy, based on points per swimmer. 

Bradley Limmer of Waimea won four Gold and set new meet records in the 200m breastroke, 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke events for the 15 years and over age group. Tara Hagan (9) of Nelson Swimming Club also achieved a meet record in the 10 and under age group for the 50m butterfly and won the 100m butterfly event.

Other gold medal winners in their respective age groups from the Nelson Swimming club were: Bendi Kepess (10) in the 50m freestyle event; Cameron Murray (15) in the 50m backstroke, 100m individual medley and 100m freestyle; Sophia Elder (12) in the 50m backstroke; and Leah Woodford (14) in the 200m freestyle event.

From the Nelson South club Mirren Whyte (15) won the 200m breaststoke event and Waimea swimming club members Emma Lovell (12) won the 200m freestyle with Tayla Graham (14) claiming first place for the 100m individual medley, 200m individual medley and 50m butterfly events.

These top swimmers combined in the relay events to be placed second in the mixed 15 years and over 200m medley and 200m freestyle races and third in the mixed 11-12 year olds 200m medley.

Other remarkable achievements included personal best times in all events they entered from Zoe Hunt (15) and Oliver Stark (11) from Waimea and Aliesha Max (12) from Nelson. Aliesha shaved 6 seconds off her previous best time in one event as did Bradley Limmer, Zoe Hunt, Grace Fisk (10) from Blenheim and Sophia Elder (12) from Nelson.

Leah Woodford took 9 seconds off her time in the 200m individual medley while Cassandra Hagan (11) carved 12 seconds off her previous best time for the 100m butterfly event.

Posted: Mon 25 Feb 2013