Meet records smashed
Several Blenheim Swim Club members broke meet records and scored podium finishes in their divisions when the Marlborough Aquatic Centre hosted the Nelson/Marlborough Winter Championships during the weekend.
Leading the charge for the Blenheim club, as always, was 14 year-old national breaststroke champion Sara Gane. Along with gaining the Belsham Trophy, for the region's best swimmer last season, for the third straight year, Sara broke four meet records in the 100m and 200m breast, 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley (IM). With her seven race wins and one third, she finished first in a classy 13-14 years girls' field.
Toby Lloyd won all his nine events to take gold in the 13-14 years male division. He broke meet records in the 100m and 400m freestyle and the 400m IM, cutting 21sec off the previous best time.
Rebecca Hull, 15, broke the meet records for 50m backstroke and butterfly, while Sally McMath, 14, bettered the previous best in the 200m backstroke.
Other Blenheim club youngsters to get on the podium were Nick Kerry, who topped the 15-and-over male division, Lucy Kerry (second, 11-12 years girls), Anton Horton (second, 13-14 years boys) and Sarah Fisk (third, 11-12 years girls).
Host club swimmers were also to the fore in the relay section.
Their oldest team of Gane, McMath, Hull and Nick Kerry pulled out an exciting win in the 200m medley relay.
Fisk, Lucy Kerry, Megan Clark and Kazuki Jahana, the club's youngest team, were second in the same event, while Lloyd, Horton, Liam Clark and Emma Gardiner were third in the mixed 13-14 years 200m medley relay. The club's swimmers were third in the ever-popular 12-member 300m freestyle and 600m medley relays.
Liam Clark, 13 years: 1st, 100 breast; 2nd, 200 breast, 50 breast, 100 back, 200 back.
Megan Clark, 11: 5th, 50 breast .
Grace Fisk, 10: 5th, 50 free, 50 back, 50 breast, 100 free; 6th, 100 breast, 100 IM.
Sarah Fisk, 12: 2nd, 200 free; 3rd, 50 breast, 50 back; 4th, 200 IM; 5th, 50 fly; 6th, 100 free, 100 breast.
Sara Gane, 14: 1st, 200 breast, 100 fly, 50 breast, 400 IM, 100 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM; 3rd, 400 free.
Emma Gardiner, 13: 3rd, 50 back, 100 back; 4th, 200 back.
Anton Horton, 13: 1st, 200 breast, 100 back, 200 back; 2nd, 50 back, 200 free, 50 fly, 200 IM; 3rd, 100 IM.
Rebecca Hull, 15: 1st, 50 back; 2nd, 50 free, 50 fly, 100 IM.
Kazuki Jahana, 11: 3rd, 50 back, 50 breast.
Lucy Kerry, 12: 1st, 50 back, 200 breast; 2nd, 100 IM, 100 breast, 50 fly, 50 breast; 3rd, 200 IM, 100 free.
Nick Kerry, 17: 1st, 200 breast, 50 breast, 100 breast, 100 IM, 200 IM; 3rd, 50 fly, 100 back, 50 back, 100 fly; 4th, 50 free.
Geena Langlois, 11: 4th, 50 free; 6th, 50 fly; 7th, 50 breast; 8th, 100 free, 100 IM.
Toby Lloyd, 14: 1st, 100 fly, 50 free, 200 free, 400 IM, 200 fly, 100 IM, 100 free, 400 free, 200 IM.
Sally McMath, 14: 1st, 100 back, 200 back; 50 fly; 3rd, 50 free, 100 IM; 4th, 200 free; 5th, 100 free; 6th, 200 breast.
Annaliese Raemaki, 13: 5th, 200 IM; 7th, 100 IM, 100 free.
Sophie Woodhouse, 11: 7th, 100 breast, 100 free.
- The Marlborough Express
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