Sam McKenzie (15) of the Tasman Swim Club broke the NZ age group record for the 100 metre freestyle at the GHF Australian Age Group Championships in Sydney yesterday afternoon. Sam’s time of 52.02 in the prelims broke the previous NZ record of 52.26 seconds, held by Joshua Taylor-Martin of Gisborne.
In the finals, McKenzie was nearly as fast, at 52.06, to win gold in the event, beating out Australia’s top 15-year-olds. Earlier in the day, the Waimea College student chopped 14.44 sec off his personal best time in 1500 m freestyle to finish in 7th place in his age group.
Last year at the same competition, Sam set a NZ record for 14-year-old boys in the 50 m freestyle.
Also competing for New Zealand at the Australian meet are Tasman Club swimmers Caitlin Delaney (16), who finished 14th in the 100m breaststroke, and Thomas Heaton (16), who was 15th in 400 m freestyle, in their respective age group events.
Nelson South Swimming Club’s Clara Foster (15) has her first event, the 100m breaststroke, in Sydney tomorrow.
Posted: Wed 15 Apr 2015