McKenzie leads medal haul at national meet
Sam McKenzie collected five gold medals and broke a clutch of Nelson-Marlborough records as swimmers from the region put in an impressive performance at the National Short Course Championships last week in Wellington.
In all, 62 Nelson-Marlborough records fell during the five-day meet as 12 swimmers set new benchmarks for swimmers in the Top of the South.
McKenzie, from the Tasman Swimming Club, collected gold in the 15-year-old age group in the 50, 100, 200 and 400 metre freestyle, as well as the 50 m butterfly, and silver in the 1500 m freestyle. He set a new Nelson-Marlborough open record in each of those events and added an age group record for the 100 m butterfly.
Clara Foster of Nelson South Swimming Club bagged two gold medals, winning the 100 and 200 m breaststroke for 14-year-old girls, and picked up silver in the 50 m breaststroke.
Photo: Swimmers representing Nelson-Marlborough. Front (from left): Bailee Spriggs, Sally McMath, Ellie Rukuwai, Clara Foster. Middle: Libby Neill, Luke Kelly, Samantha Trevurza, Eddie Neill, Kaiori McGuinniety. Back: Thomas Heaton, Sam McKenzie, Madisen Stanley, Caitlin Delaney, Cara Pearson, Talya Harwood. Not pictured: Daniel Trevurza.
Other gold medal winners in their age groups were Thomas Heaton, 15 (1500 Free) and Caitlin Delaney, 16 (800 free), both of Tasman, and Ellie Rukuwai, 16, of Nelson South (50 breast). Delaney also picked up a silver in the 100 breast and bronze in the 200 breast, while Heaton collected two bronze medals to go with his gold.
Sally McMath of Blenheim broke regional open records in the 50 and 100 m freestyle and 50 and 100 m backstroke while picking up three silver medals for 16-year-old girls. She also finished 9th in the open final (for the top female swimmers regardless of age) in the 100 m butterfly.
Other swimmers making Open finals were Delaney (6th in 200 breast, 8th in 100 breast), Foster (7th, 200 breast), Eddie Neill, 17, of Nelson South (9th in 400 medley), and Rukuwai (5th in 50 breast, 10th in 100 breast).
Also winning bronze medals in their age groups were Sam Trevurza, 15, of Nelson South (50 fly) and Talya Harwood, 15, of Tasman (800 free).
Neill and Delaney each set three new Nelson Marlborough open records, Kaiori McGuinniety, 19, of Nelson South set two, while Heaton and his Tasman teammate Madisen Stanley, 18, each set one.
Three Tasman swimmers broke the Nelson Marlborough women’s open record for the 800 freestyle. After all was done, Caitlin Delaney held the record with a faster time than her teammates Madisen Stanley and Talya Harwood.
Swimmers setting regional age group records were McKenzie (6), McMath (6), Delaney (5), Neill (5), Heaton (4), Stanley (4), Rukuwai (3), Samantha Trevurza, 15, of Nelson South (3), Cara Pearson, 18, of Tasman (2), Talya Harwood, 15, of Tasman (2) and Dan Trevurza, 13, of Motueka (1).
Nelson South’s team of Trevurza, Rukuwai, Foster and Libby Neill placed 9th in the girls 16 years and over 400 medley club relay, despite Rukuwai being the only one aged 16 or over.
Other swimmers representing Nelson-Marlborough at the national competition were Luke Kelly (17), Bailee Spriggs (16), and Libby Neill (15), all of Nelson South. All three swam good personal bests to cap a great performance by swimmers from the Top of the South.
Posted: Mon 08 Sep 2014