McKenzie and Gane lead team of 18 at NAGs

McKenzie and Gane lead team of 18 at NAGs

Sam McKenzie won the 50m freestyle to capture his second gold medal at the Mayfair Pools National Age Group Championships in Wellington, having won the 100m freestyle the day before. McKenzie (13), of Nelson Swimming Club, also won silver in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 200m freestyle, and was 5th in the 400m freestyle.  He set Nelson-Marlborough age-group records in all five events.

Sara Gane (14) of Blenheim was the region’s other gold medallist, winning the 100m breaststroke, and claiming silver in both the 50m and 200m breaststroke. She also set Nelson-Marlborough age-group records in those events, and set regional open records in the 50m and 100m events.

Clara Foster (13) of Nelson South put in a solid performance, finishing 4th in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 5th in the 200m breaststroke. Pip Dwyer (14) of Nelson South was 6th in the 200m freestyle and 7th in both the 800m free and the 200m medley. Madisen Stanley (16) of Nelson Swimming Club also achieved three top ten finishes, 5th in the 50m breast and 7th in both the 100m breast and 800m freestyle, setting two new regional records in the process.

Other Nelson South finalists were Ellie Rukuwai (15): 6th in the 100m breaststroke and 10th in the 50m breaststroke and Amy Coulton (15): 5th in the 800m freestyle. From Motueka Swimming Club, Kirsten Walker (14) was 7th in the 100m breaststroke and 8th in the 200m breastroke, while teammate Samantha Trevurza (14) was 8th in the 50m butterfly. Ellie Gaging (14) of Nelson Swimming Club captured 10th place in the 50m freestyle.

The region’s older swimmers broke plenty of regional records but found the competition fierce at the top. Kaiori McGuinniety (18) of Nelson South Swimming Club set nine new Nelson-Marlborough records but could only crack the top ten placings in the 400m freestyle, finishing 10th. Grace Woodall (17), also of Nelson South, set six new regional records and finished 11th once and 12th twice, just missing the finals.

Also representing the region were Fraser Neill, Eddie Neill and Paige Woodall from Nelson South; William Borrell and Cara Pearson from Nelson Swimming Club; and Sally McMath of Blenheim Swimming Club.

Posted: Sun 03 Mar 2013