Caitlin Delany, Thomas Heaton and Sam McKenzie of the Tasman Swim Club and Matai McGuinniety of Nelson South each earned a gold medal at the NZ Age Group Championships as swimmers from Nelson Marlborough finished with four golds, two silvers and six bronze medals between them.
Heaton, who attends Garin College, won gold in the 1500 m freestyle in the 17-18 year old boys age group, while McKenzie, of Waimea College, won the 100 m freestyle in the 16 year old age group.
Gold medals were won earlier in the week by Matai McGuinniety of Nelson South Swim Club (Nelson College) in the 50 m butterfly for 15-year-old boys and Caitlin Delany of Tasman (and Waimea College) in the 50 m breaststroke for 17-18 year-old girls.
McGuinniety, who won the 50 m butterfly in convincing fashion, added a bronze in the 100 m butterfly and set new regional records in the 50 and 100 m butterfly and the 50 m backstroke.
Clara Foster of Nelson South brought home a medal in each of her three events. The Nelson College for Girls 16-year-old won silver medals in the 50 m and 100 m breaststroke and bronze in the 200 m breaststroke.
Talya Harwood of Tasman won two bronze medals, in the 400 m and 800 m freestyle for 16 year-old girls. Harwood broke the Nelson Marlborough open record in the 800m race with her time of 9:02.52, dropping 10 seconds off her personal best and finishing only two seconds shy of a qualifying time for the Junior Pan Pacific meet in Hawaii in July. Harwood set new regional age group records in the 200, 400 and 800m freestyle.
Georgie Trengrove (16) of Nelson South (Nelson College for Girls) also brought home a bronze medal, finishing behind Foster in the 100 m breaststroke. Trengrove made four other finals as well and lowered her times in all five events.
Her Nelson South temmate Samantha Trevurza (17, Motueka High School) won bronze in the 50 m butterfly and added a fourth place and two further finals, notching up regional age group records in the 50 m back and 50 m butterfly. Her brother Dan Trevurza (15, Motueka High) had an excellent trip to nationals, making three finals and breaking regional age group records in the 50 and 100 m breaststroke events.
Several younger swimmers made appearances on the national stage as well. Tasman’s Piper Riley (12), of Waimea Intermediate, made the top ten in all five of her events.
Tasman’s Bree Anderson (12), of Waimea College, had two top ten finishes and achieved personal best times in all four of the events she entered. Tasman teammate Cassie Hagan (14, Nelson Girls) also had two top ten results and a number of personal bests.
For Nelson South, Ruby-Lou Stuart (13, Waimea College) had a strong performance in the 200 m butterfly, finishing 6th and taking 8.43 seconds off her personal best to set a new regional age group record. She also had top ten results in the 400 m medley and 800 m freestyle. Oliver Stark (14, Nayland College) also made three finals and achieved several personal best times.
The following link will take you to a photo of Matai McGuinniety in the 50 fly.
Posted: Wed 27 Apr 2016