Caitlin Delany wins NZ title in 200 Breaststroke

Caitlin Delany of Tasman Swim Club claimed the national title in the open women's 200m breaststroke at the New Zealand Short Course Championships in Auckland.

The 18-year old Waimea College standout also won gold medals in the 17-18 year age group for the 50m and 200m breaststroke and a silver in the 400m individual medley.

Delany set new Nelson-Marlborough open records in three events and an age group record in another.

Tasman rising star Piper Riley (13) also had an outstanding week in Auckland, bringing home age group gold medals in the 200m and 400m freestyle for 13-year-old girls.

Riley achieved massive personal bests in both races, lowering her times by more than three seconds in each. The Waimea Intermediate School swimmer also had fifth and sixth place finishes in four other events, including an impressive 10sec improvement in the 800m freestyle, and set four new Nelson-Marlborough age group records.

Talya Harwood (17) of Tasman and Waimea College collected age group silver medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle and was a very respectable fifth in the open 400m free, breaking her own Nelson-Marlborough open record in the process.

Tasman's young Bendi Kepess (13) also had an excellent meet, getting big personal bests including nearly 10sec off his time in the 200m butterfly, in which he won bronze in his age group.

Kepess (Waimea College) also took a whopping 25sec off his time in the 1500m freestyle, finishing fourth, and had two fifth placings in his age group.

Sam McKenzie (17) of Tasman picked up the silver medal in the 50m free for 17-18 year old boys, finishing just 0.02sec behind the winner.

McKenzie, who attends Waimea College, also won a bronze in the 100m free, had top 10 finishes in four more events and set three Nelson-Marlborough open records.

Oliver Stark (14) of the Nelson South Swimming Club and Nayland College registered personal bests in six events and several top ten age group finishes, including fifth in both the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle.

Nelson South's Georgina Trengrove (16) won seventh place in the 200m breaststroke in her age group with a big personal best of 4.72sec.

Trengrove, from Nelson College for Girls, had sizeable personal bests in four other events including 8.43sec in the 200m open breaststroke event won by Delany.

Ruby-Lou Stuart (14) of Nelson South secured an eighth place finish in the 200m butterfly.

Bree Anderson (13) of Tasman had six top ten finishes, including fourth in the 200m medley. Tasman's Leah Friend (14) and Sierra Thomas (13) also had top 10 finishes, while Sophie Alexander (13), Xavier Anderson (15), James Fleury (16), Emma Fox (13) also represented Tasman on the national stage.

Posted: Fri 07 Oct 2016