Aleisha Max must have had a good breakfast. The 13-year-old from Tasman Swim Club nearly swam out of her skin as she helped Nelson-Marlborough retain the trophy for the top region at the South Island Country and Town Championships at Splash Palace in Invercargill.
Tasman won the trophy for the top club with six or fewer swimmers at the meet, while Blenheim took the honours for clubs with seven or more participants, making it a clean sweep for Nelson-Marlborough.
Max, who attends Nayland College, competed in the 13-14 year-old girls age group and finished first in seven events, second in two and third in one. She set meet records for the 100 m and 200 m individual medley events and the 100 m freestyle, had personal best times in all 12 events she entered and qualified for several events at the upcoming the New Zealand Division II meet in Hamilton.
Another standout local swimmer was Tayla Graham (15), from Waimea Swimming Club and Waimea College. Graham had four first places, three seconds and three thirds and set a meet record in the 100 m individual medley for girls 15 years and older.
Five Blenheim swimmers won events in their age groups, led by young Georgia Reed. The 10-year-old from Renwick School won three events and finished second in another, setting a meet record in the 100 m freestyle, while her brother Connor Reed (12) picked up one first and two thirds. Kazuki Jahana (13), Grace Rodger (12) and Anton Horton (15) each set a meet record in winning events for Blenheim.
David Price (14, Waimea College) won two first places and five seconds to further the cause for his Tasman club, and swam personal bests in all 11 of his events.
Charlie Thain (13), from Motueka Swimming Club and Riwaka School, also had a good meet, getting personal bests in eight of her ten events and getting third place in two of them.
Finbar Lewis (12) and Maya Lewis (11) represented Golden Bay Swimming Club at the meet. Finbar had three personal bests out of four events and participated in two relays, while Maya had one personal best from two events.
The Country and Town meet was historically for so-called country clubs but now serves as a showcase for swimmers who have not qualified for the top national meets.
The region’s swimmers are in the water again this Saturday in Nayland’s 50 m pool as they prepare for upcoming national meets held in long course pools.
Posted: Thu 27 Feb 2014