Sam McKenzie of the Tasman Swim Club broke the New Zealand age group record for 14-year-old males in the prelims of the 100m freestyle at the Australian Age Group Championships in Sydney, then broke the record again in the finals later in the day.
McKenzie, who attends Waimea College, cut 1.56 seconds off his own personal best in the prelims, breaking the New Zealand record by just three hundredths of a second. He then shaved a further 29 hundredths off his time in the final to leave no doubt about his place in the record book with a time of 53.50 seconds. Only one Australian swimmer finished ahead of him, in a time of 52.88.
Photo: Sam McKenzie (right) and Australian Matthew Ryan after the final of the 14-year-old boys 100 m freestyle.
The strong Australian competition is clearly providing plenty of inspiration for the five Tasman swimmers at the meet. A day earlier, McKenzie finished eighth in the 1500m freestyle, improving his personal best by a massive 25 seconds.
Tasman teammate Thomas Heaton is performing well in the 15-year-old age group, finishing fourth in the 1500m freestyle with a time of 16:16.48, more than 29 seconds faster than his previous personal best.
Talya Harwood, 14, had a strong performance in the 800m freestyle, improving her time by 5.01 seconds and finishing 16th. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Caitlin Delaney had a successful outing in the 100m breaststroke, taking 1.93 seconds off her personal best in finishing 24th.
Sara Gane is the fifth Tasman club swimmer at the meet. She will swim in the 200m breaststroke later in the meet, which continues through Easter Monday.
Posted: Thu 17 Apr 2014