Sophie Woodhouse (13) and Anton Horton (16) lead the Blenheim Swimming Club to top club honours at the South Island Country & Town Competition held over the weekend at Stadium 2000 in Blenheim, successfully defending the trophy the club won last year in Invercargill.
Otago won the trophy for the region with the most points per swimmer, while Kobi Stephens (13) and Tom Heather (12) helped Wanaka claim the trophy for most points by a club with six or fewer swimmers.
The swim meet brought 250 swimmers from all over the South Island, up from 201 in Invercargill last year. The meet provides an opportunity for swimmers who have not qualified for higher level national meets to compete against swimmers from other South Island clubs.
Bradley Limmer (19) of Waimea Swimming Club was the top individual swimmer, winning six events in the 15 & Over age group and setting five meet records. He added two seconds and one third place and helped Waimea come within a whisker of taking the top club trophy from Blenheim, missing out by just 2.5 points.
Tayla Graham (16) also made a sizeable contribution to Waimea’s points tally with four firsts, one second and three third placings, and swam in the two winning relay teams with Limmer and Horton.
“It was really good to see all of the young swimmers there,” said Wayne Limmer of Waimea, who was regional team manager for Nelson-Marlborough for the weekend meet. “There were over 50 girls in the 11-12 year old age group in the 100 metre freestyle. With the increase compared to last year in Invercargill, it bodes well for the sport.”
Phil McMath of Blenheim, who chaired the local organizing committee, noted the high percentage of personal best times achieved by swimmers from all clubs. “The swimmers obviously enjoyed the fast water, good competition and great atmosphere. It was also great to have touchpads on a long term loan from Canterbury West Coast. We really appreciate that, and it was wonderful to have 130 swimmers here from Canterbury.”
“We had lots of comments from officials and parents about how much they enjoyed the weekend and are looking forward to coming back. We had great support from our sponsors and a great team from across the region that worked hard to make this a fantastic event,” McMath added.
Posted: Thu 05 Mar 2015