Teenagers shine at NZ Short Course Champs

Teenagers shine at NZ Short Course Champs

Bree Anderson of Nelson South Swimming Club led a team of twenty-four swimmers from Nelson Marlborough at New Zealand Short Course Championships at the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre in Albany from the 2nd to the 6th of October 2018.   

A total of 11 national age group medals were won over the course of this NZ Championship Event.  Anderson led the medal take with gold in the 400m medley, silver in the 200m medley, and bronze medals in the 50m breaststroke and 100m medley events for 15yr girls. 

Tasman’s Sierra Thomas (15yrs) came away with two national medals, with gold in the 800m freestyle and silver in the 400m freestyle. 

Silver medals we also won by Nelson South’s Ruby-Lou Stuart (16yrs) in the 200m butterfly, and Tasman’s Piper Riley (15yrs) in the 200m butterfly and Bendi Kepess (15yrs) in the 1500m freestyle events. 

Abbey Smale (15yrs) from the Tasman Swimming Club also won bronze in the 800m freestyle while Nelson South’s Matai McGuinniety (18yrs) won bronze in the 50m butterfly event. 

Swimmers attending the meet, from the Tasman Swimming Club included Sophie Alexander, Fergus Drummond, Emma Fox, Samantha Harman, Moab Heynekamp, Bendi Kepess, Jaxon Marshall, Piper Riley, Madeline Shallcrass, Abbey Smale, Alec Swan, Sierra Thomas and Isabella Thurlow.  Nelson South swimmers were Bree Anderson, Xavier Anderson, Cate Barton, Emily Bryant, Nicholas Hall, Reuben Lile, Matai McGuinniety, Jacob Northage, Ruby-Lou Stuart and Georgie Trengrove.  George Glover of Blenheim Swimming Club also competed.

Three Swimming Nelson Marlborough Open Records were broken over the course of the event, the women’s 200m butterfly by Ruby-Lou Stuart (Nelson South), the women’s 400 medley by Bree Anderson (Nelson South) and the men’s 100m backstroke by Matai McGuinniety (Nelson South). 

Twelve SNM age group records were also broken.  Isabella Thurlow (TSC) broke the 100m freestyle record for 14 year girls.  Bree Anderson (NSSC) broke records in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m medley, and 400m medley for 15 year girls.  Tasman’s Sierra Thomas (15yrs) broke the 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle records.  Piper Riley (15yrs) from Tasman Swim Club broke the record for the 200m butterfly.  Ruby-Lou Stuart (15yrs) from Nelson South also broke the age group record for the 200m butterfly, while teammate Matai McGuinniety (18yrs) broke the 100m backstroke record. 

The 200m butterfly record for 15 year boys was broken twice over the same week.  Held initially by Tasman’s Joshua Amyes, Bendi Kepess broke this record at the NZ Short Course Champs. However, while representing New Zealand at the Australian State Teams Championships a few days later, Amyes took the record back from Kepess.

Nelson Marlborough competitive swimmers now have two weeks rest before training starts again and new targets are set for the summer season. 

Posted: Mon 15 Oct 2018

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