Sam McKenzie just keeps getting faster. The 14-year-old from Tasman Swim Club won all five freestyle events in his age group at the Wellington Summer Champs and added a gold in the 50m butterfly for good measure.
McKenzie set Nelson-Marlborough age group records in all six events and tied the open record of 55.35 seconds for the 100m long course freestyle set in 1995 by Tim Divett. Long course records are for times swum in a 50m pool.
Tasman club teammates Talya Harwood (14), Thomas Heaton (15) and Sara Gane (15) and Nelson South’s Clara Foster (14) also put in outstanding performances and brought home multiple gold medals each. Along the way, Heaton set two new regional open records and five age group records, while Gane knocked off three age group records.
Brothers Fraser (17) and Eddie Neill (16) of Nelson South also got three age group records each, but Eddie got the family bragging rights with a new open record in the 400m individual medley.
Madisen Stanley (17) of Tasman set a new regional open record in winning the 800m freestyle for girls 17 & over and also picked up an age group record for the 400m freestyle.
Others breaking Nelson-Marlborough age group records were Samantha Trevurza (15) and Amy Coulton (16) of Nelson South and Caitlyn Delaney (15) of Tasman.
Posted: Thu 30 Jan 2014