Rukuwai leads Nelson South to Age Groups win

Rukuwai leads Nelson South to Age Groups win

Ellie Rukuwai won the Marie Saul Cup for best all-round swimmer as the Nelson South Swimming Club claimed nearly all of the cups and trophies awarded at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough Age Group Champs, held Saturday and Sunday 14-15 February 2015 at Nayland Park.

Nelson South won the Buchanan Cup for the most points, followed by Tasman, Waimea, Blenheim, Motueka, Golden Bay and Kaikoura Swim Clubs. Nelson South also secured the YMCA Cup for the most points per entry, with Golden Bay second and Tasman third.

Ruby-Lou Stuart (12, Nelson South) won the most gold medals (11) and added a silver to secure the Durrant Trophy for 12 year old girls, while Eddie Neill (17, Nelson South) had the biggest haul among the males, winning 9 gold and a bronze.

Charlie Perkins of Nelson South won five gold and four silver medals to win the Durrant Trophy for 12 year old boys. His brother Sam won the Margaret Young Cup for 10 year old boys, edging out Connor Eden of Tasman by just one point. Nelson South’s Finella Gibbs-Beal won 5 events to pick up the Margaret Young Cup for 10 year old girls.

In the 14 year old age group, Georgina Trengrove (Nelson South) won the Pattison Family Cup for girls with 8 gold medals, 3 silver and a bronze. Teammate Matai McGuinniety won 7 gold medals on his way to winning the boys Pattison Family Cup.

Other multi gold medal winners included: Reuben Lile (11, Nelson South) with 8 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze; Daniel Trevurza (13, Nelson South) 8 gold and 1 bronze; Cassie Hagan (13, Tasman Swim Club) 7 gold and 1 silver; Ellie Rukuwai (17, Nelson South) 6 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze; Sophia Elder (14, Tasman) 5 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze; Bendi Kepess (12, Tasman) 5 gold; and Nick Lovell (9, Waimea Swim Club) 5 gold.

Rukuwai, who attends Nelson College for Girls, broke Nelson Marlborough records for 17 year old girls in the 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley. Cara Pearson (Tasman) broke the 100m backstroke record for 18 year old girls and Eddie Neill broke the 400m freestyle record for 17 year old boys.

Swimmers’ own personal best times were smashed in many events with the following swimmers achieving best times in all their events: Bryn Boyes (13) and Ryan Heywood (12) from Motueka; Bree Anderson (12), Madeline Shallcrass (12), Sophie Alexander (11), Kimberley Fox(9) and Caitlin Eden (8) from Tasman; and Sarah Sturm (12) and Polly Dowling (10) from Waimea.

The region’s top 11 and 12 year old swimmers are headed to the National Junior Champs in Wellington next weekend, while a large number of swimmers are targeting the South Island Country and Town Meet in Blenheim at the end of the month.

Posted: Mon 16 Feb 2015