Piper Riley and Bendi Kepess won their age groups to lead Waimea College to the overall schools title at the South Island Secondary Schools Swimming Championships, held in Blenheim on Saturday. Swimmers from 25 different schools participated in the meet.
[photo: Taiko Torepe-Ormsby of Christchurch set a new age group record in the 50m butterfly.]
Riley won four events, finished 2nd in five and 3rd in another, and impressed with her physical endurance. On two occasions, she swam 400m events and then got out of the pool and on to the starting blocks for the next race.
Kepess had a nearly identical performance, winning four events, with four 2nd and two 3rd place finishes.
Megan Clark of Marlborough Girls College won the Girls 15 & Over age group, winning two events and claiming 3rd place in three others. Riley Taylor of Timaru Boys High School won the Boys 15 & Over age group.
Several other local swimmers performed well at the meet. Joshua Amyes of Nelson College had four 1st placings, one 2nd, two 3rd placings, while Clara Foster of Nelson College for Girls had four 1st placings and one 2nd.
Waimea College also had outstanding performances from Bree Anderson (five 1st and one 2nd), Ruby-Lou Stuart (three 1st , three 2nd) and Sierra Thomas (two 1st, one 2nd, two 3rd ). Riley and Thomas were also on Waimea’s two winning relays teams, where they were joined by Trinity Holtham and Sophie Alexander for the 200m freestyle relay and Bree Anderson and Ellie Taylor for the 200m medley relay.
Taiko Torepe-Ormsby, from St Andrew’s College in Christchurch, broke a New Zealand record at the meet. Pending ratification from Swimming NZ, Torepe-Ormsby set a new standard for 13-year-old boys in the 50m butterfly with his time of 26.42 seconds.
Posted: Sun 09 Jul 2017