Sam McKenzie and Cassie Hagan won 13 gold medals each and helped the Tasman Swim Club to a convincing win in overall points at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough Age Group Championships held in Nelson over Waitangi weekend.
McKenzie also won the Marie Saul Cup for overall best swimmer at the meet for having the smallest difference from Nelson Marlborough records in his best seven events and across all four strokes. McKenzie, a New Zealand record holder in the 100m freestyle, set a new regional open record in the 50m butterfly with a time of 26.54 seconds and also two new age group records in the 50 breaststroke and 50 backstroke.
In the last event of the meet, McKenzie was paired with Caitlyn Delany of Tasman in the Adam & Eve relay and had a close race against Matai McGuinniety and Ellie Rukuwai of Nelson South. McKenzie led McGuinniety by only a few metres after the first leg, and Rukuwai very nearly caught Delany on the return 50m, with Delany touching just 0.07 seconds ahead.
A record 145 participants, including swimmers from Christchurch, Wellington, Greymouth and Cambridge, enjoyed perfect weather at the outdoor meet held at the Nayland pool complex in Stoke.
Rukuwai (18) ended her swimming career on a high note, setting four new age group records and winning the 15 years and over age group. Rukuwai also anchored Nelson South’s winning women’s freestyle relay team, helping the club retain the Ton Boulton Cup with teammates Georgina Trengrove, Ruby-Lou Stuart and Libby Neill.
Meanwhile, Tasman retained the Worker’s Co-op Shield for the men’s freestyle relay, with McKenzie swimming the fourth leg after Thomas Heaton, Xavier Anderson and James Fleury had already opened up a substantial lead.
Nelson South retained the YMCA Cup for the club with the most points per entry, just pipping the small Golden Bay club whose three swimmers performed well, led by Tomo Clere with two gold and three silver medals.
Lola Gibbs-Beal and Lily Hall, both of Nelson South, tied for top honours in the girls 9 years and under age group and will share the Gane Family Cup. The boys cup was won by William Seymour of Tasman. Skye Humphries (Nelson South) and Nick Lovell (Waimea) won the Margaret Young Cups for 10 year olds, while Isabella Thurlow and Connor Eden (both Tasman) took home the Baigent-Holland Cups for 11 year olds.
The Durrant Family trophies were won by Piper Riley (Tasman) and Reuben Lile (Nelson South) for 12 year olds, the Trevurza Family Cups for 13 year olds were won by Leah Friend and Bendi Kepess (both Tasman), and the Pattison Family Cups for 14 year olds went to Cassie Hagan and Benjamin Munro (both Tasman). Ellie Rukuwai and Sam McKenzie won the Rukuwai Family Cups for the 15 & over age group.
Waimea Swimming Club picked up a number of medals, led by Nick Lovell’s ten golds. Motley Casey (13) won three golds, Tayla Graham (16) two, and Hollie McKay (10) a gold and five silvers.
For Blenheim Swimming Club, Oliver Mandeno (11) and Geena Langlois (14) each won two gold medals, while Sophie Woodhouse (14) won one gold.
Bryn Boyes (14) was the top performer for Motueka Swim Club, winning two gold medals.
Posted: Fri 19 Feb 2016