Sam McKenzie led from the front as Waimea College won the overall title at the Tasman Secondary Schools Swimming Championships, held in Blenheim on Sunday 14 May.
McKenzie won all 13 events he entered and set Nelson-Marlborough open records in the 50m backstroke (27.37 seconds), 100m breaststroke (1:06.42) and 100m individual medley (59.27). He also set nine new meet records.
Waimea, with top results from Piper Riley and Bree Anderson, also won the girls competition, while Joshua Amyes won eight events to help Nelson College to pip Waimea for the top school in the boys category.
Riley and Amyes were the top-scoring girl and boy in the 14 & Under age group, while Maxime Jansens of Garin College joined McKenzie in top-scoring in the 15 & Over age group.
Waimea’s Bree Anderson (14) won eight events and was second in another, but was outscored by teammate Riley’s three firsts and seven second placings. Anderson set four meet records and Riley set two.
Matai McGuinniety (16) of Nelson College had the misfortune to be up against McKenzie all day, but boosted Nelson College’s points tally by taking second in ten events and was part of the school’s winning team in the medley relay. McGuinniety also set a Nelson-Marlborough record for 16 year-olds in the 50m butterfly, eclipsing by 0.04 seconds a record set last year by McKenzie.
Reuben Lile (13) also made a significant contribution for Nelson College, winning three events and swimming seven personal best times.
Clara Foster (17) was the standout for Nelson Girls College, entering only four events but winning all four. For Marlborough Girls, Sophie Woodhouse (15) and Geena Langlois (15) each won three events.
Posted: Fri 19 May 2017