Swimmers win titles at South Island Champs

Swimmers win titles at South Island Champs

Sam McKenzie, Ellie Rukuwai and Amy Coulton of Nelson and Sara Gane of Blenheim won South Island titles as the South Island’s top swimmers converged at Blenheim’s Stadium 2000 Aquatic Centre over the weekend for the 2013 South Island Swimming Championships.

Other Nelson swimmers putting in inspiring performances included Eddie Neill, Phillippa Dwyer, Samantha Trevurza, Clara Foster, Talya Harwood, Madisen Stanley and Kaine Ransby who brought home a truckload of medals between them. Sally McMath added three medals to Blenheim's tally.  Full results here.

The event was packed with exciting racing and outstanding performances from some of the country’s top swimmers as well as standout efforts from our local Top-of-the-South swimmers.

McKenzie, 14, of the Nelson Swimming Club, blitzed the field for gold in the 50 Fly, 50 Free and 100 Free, in the 13-14 year old age group. He also brought home silver in the 200 Free and bronze in the 100 Fly and broke several Nelson-Marlborough age group records (200 Free, 100 Free and 50 Fly).

Rukuwai, 15, of Nelson South Swimming Club, took the 15-16 year old age group titles in the 50 Breast and 100 IM and silver in her 100 Breast, also smashing the age group Nelson-Marlborough records in the 100 & 200 IM as well as the open record for the 100 IM.

Coulton, 15, claimed the South Island title in the 800 Free in the 15-16 year old age group and also took 9 seconds off the regional age group record, and broke the region’s open record for that race.

Gane, 15, of Blenheim Swimming Club won gold in the 100m and 200m Breast events and broke her own Nelson-Marlborough age group record in the 100 Breast.

Eddie Neill, 16, of Nelson South swam some stand-out races, taking 5 seconds off his personal best to win silver in the 200 IM, and swimming another personal best in the 400 IM for a bronze. Neill’s performances also slashed 7 seconds off the regional age group and open records for the 200 IM and 400 IM.

Three other Nelson South swimmers claimed South Island medals for their efforts. Clara Foster, 13, gained silver in 200 Breast as well as 50 Breast, with a bronze for her 100 Breast. Phillippa Dwyer, 14, brought home silver in the 400 IM and 400 Free, slashing the latter’s Nelson-Marlborough record by 7 seconds and also getting bronze in the 200 Free, 200 IM and 50 Free. And Samantha Trevurza placed 2nd in 50 Fly and 50 Back, and third in 100 Back and 100 Fly.

Nelson Swimming Club also brought home more medals to add to Sam McKenzie's haul. Talya Harwood, 14, won silver in the 800 Free and slashed 10 seconds off her personal best in the 400 Free. Madisen Stanley, 17, powered home in the 200 Breast to gain bronze with a 5 second pesonal best, also gaining bronze in her 50 Breast race, with silver in the 100 Breast. And Kaine Ransby, 17, won silver in the 1500 Free.

Sally McMath, 15, of Blenheim Swimming Club claimed silver in the 200 Back and two bronzes, in the 50 and 100 Fly, setting a regional age group record with her 100 Fly time.

Coaches, officials and swimmers from all over the South Island were impressed with the facilities at Stadium 2000 in Blenheim, calling it one of the best the South Island has to offer.

Images available from Shuttersport.

Posted: Mon 02 Sep 2013