Waimea takes club trophy at Country & Town Champs

Waimea Swimming club had the most points for a country club at the end of the Swimming Nelson Marlborough Country & Town meet held at Hampden Street pool on Saturday, 10 January, winning the trophy from other country swimming clubs Golden Bay (second), Motueka (third) and Kaikoura (fourth).

Waimea also featured strongly in the individual placings with Nick Lovell (9) scoring the highest overall score for a country swimmer and winning the 10 and under age group for boys out of all of the regional clubs. Hollie McKay (also 9) gained silver in the 10 and under girls, Tayla Graham (15) achieved gold in the 15 & over girls and Nathan Limmer (17) won silver in the 15 & over boys age group.

Other age group winners were: Finella Gibbs-Beal (10) for the 10 & under girls; Ruby-Lou Stuart (12) for 11-12 girls; Jenna Heywood (14) for 13-14 girls; Daniel Trevurza (13) for 13-14 boys and Luke Kelly (17) for the 15 & over boys, all from Nelson South; and Bendi Kepess (12) from Tasman winning the 11-12 boys age group.

Visitors from Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington swimming clubs enjoyed the outdoor pool experience in summery Nelson bringing the total number of competitors to 130, a record turnout for this event. Eighteen 13 to 17 year old swimmers from the Karori Pirates Swimming Club competed at the meet to finish off an intensive training camp aimed to ensure swimmers recover from the Christmas break and are prepared for the upcoming regional and national meets back in Wellington.

Local swimmers from Nelson South and Tasman clubs also endured intensive “boot-camp” styled activities in the week prior to the meet with some having enough residual energy to break a couple of records and attain some massive personal best times on Saturday.

Sam McKenzie (15) from Tasman broke his 200m individual medley Nelson-Marlborough record and Eddie Neill (17) from Nelson South broke the Nelson Marlborough 200m butterfly record.

Emma Fox (11) from Tasman Swim Club took 27 seconds off her 200m freestyle time, Casey Motley (12) from Waimea took 23 seconds of his 100m individual medley time and Motueka swimmer Bryn Boyes (13) smashed his 50m butterfly time by 23 seconds.

A strong contingent of swimmers from the Nelson Marlborough region will be travelling to Wellington this weekend to compete at the Wellington Summer Champs hoping to further improve their personal best times and to bring back some medals.

Kazuki Jahana (14) attained the most points out of the Blenheim swimmers, getting second overall in the boys 13-14 age group and taking a whopping 12 seconds off his personal best time for the 200m breaststroke event. Thomas Loza (12) also got a silver medal for overall points in the boys 11-12 age group and Oliver Mandeno (10) placed third for the boys 10 and under. Connor Reed (13) achieved a third equal placing for overall scores in the boys 13-14 group.

Posted: Tue 13 Jan 2015