Sunscreen and sunhats were de rigueur at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough Country & Town meet on Saturday, and it wasn’t just the weather that was sizzling as spectators were treated to an outstanding day of swimming.
Eighty-seven competitors from around the region and as far away as Christchurch and Westport competed for age-group and club honours at Hampden Street Pool.
The Country & Town meet recognises the region’s “country clubs”, with trophies for top country club and top country club swimmer. In addition, in each age group, medals are awarded to the top three country club swimmers as well as the top three swimmers overall, and in a few instances both medals went to the same swimmer.
Charlie Thain of Motueka Swimming Club won the Life Members Cup for top Country Club Swimmer, winning all eight events that she entered and notching up seven personal bests. This secured her a “double gold” for top overall 11-12 year old girl as well as top country club swimmer in her age group.
Daniel Trevurza of Motueka also won “double gold” for top overall and top country and swimmer for 11-12 year old boys. Completing the swimming trifecta for Motueka, Joshua Aymes, was a convincing “double gold” winner in the 10 & under boys category.
However, the meet did not go all Motueka’s way. Waimea Swim Club put in many strong performances to claim the Crest Cup for top country club, just pipping Motueka who had won it the previous five years.
The 10 & under girls age group was the most closely contested. Only five points separated the top three swimmers, as Tara Hagan from Tasman Swim Club took the gold medal head of Georgia Reed from Blenheim and Caitlyn Huhu of Nelson South. Sophie Lovell from Waimea won gold for top country swimmer, Abby Smale from Motueka took the silver and Sapphire Kyles from Waimea the bronze.
In the 10 & under boys, Alec Swan of Tasman Club was second overall behind Joshua Amyes. Nick Lovell of Waimea was third overall as well as second for the country swimmers.
Ruby-Lou Stuart of Waimea won overall second and country second in the girls 11-12 years behind Charlie Thain, and the minor placings in the 11-12 year old boys went to Tasman’s Kaleb Johnston and Blenheim’s Connor Reed, who were second and third overall, respectively. The Golden Bay duo of Fin Lewis and Tomo Clere placed second and third for the country club swimmers.
Clara Foster of Nelson South also had a good day at the pool, taking out top honours for the girls 13-14 years age group with seven wins from seven events. Annaliese Raemaki and Lucy Kerry, both of Blenheim, took out the second and third places respectively. For the country swimmers, Waimea Club scooped the medals with Tayla Graham coming first, Emma Lovell second and Jasmine Hollis third.
Matai McGuinniety of Nelson South easily won the 13-14 year boys, with David Price and Flynn McCann from Tasman Club winning the silver and bronze medals. There were no country swimmers in this age group.
And finally, in the 15 & over age category, Sally McMath of Blenheim took the overall honours with Kirsten Walker of Motueka second overall and gold for top country swimmer. Charlotte Handforth of Nelson South won the bronze overall medal, while Libby Malthus and Zoe Hunt from Waimea Club rounded out the placings for the country swimmers.
Luke Kelly of Nelson South convincingly won the 15 & over boys category from Eddie Neill of Nelson South and Nathan Limmer of Waimea Club. Nathan was also the top country swimmer in this age group, beating out his older brother who had to settle for silver.
Eddie Neill continued his record-breaking ways with the day’s only regional record, setting a new benchmark for 16 year olds in the 200m backstroke.
Posted: Sat 18 Jan 2014