Young swimmers in record-breaking form

Nelson-Marlborough's top young swimmers have won bronze in the girls' 15 and under regional 200m medley relay at the New Zealand short course championships in Wellington.

The team of Rebecca Hull (Blenheim), Sara Gane (Blenheim), Samantha Trevurza (Motueka) and Ellie Rukuwai (Nelson South), which included two 14-year-olds and one 13-year-old, were bettered only by the best 15-year-old swimmers from the dominant Auckland and Canterbury regions.

Trevurza (13), who also won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke yesterday, said: "I am so proud to be part of this team. We beat out big guns like Wellington, Otago and Waikato. We are all so stoked."

Earlier in the day, Rukuwai set a Nelson-Marlborough open record (for all ages) of 2min 27.69sec in the 200m individual medley, while finishing seventh in the 14-year-old girls' event.

That record was then beaten a few hours later by her team-mate Grace Woodall of Nelson South, who finished ninth in the 200m individual medley for 16-year-olds with a time of 2min 27.61sec.

Woodall also had a top 10 finish in the 50m backstroke, placing ninth.

Kaiori McGuinnety of Nelson South got a Nelson-Marlborough open record as well, breaking his own record in the 100m freestyle with a time of 53.83sec to finish 14th amongst New Zealand's fastest male swimmers of all ages.

The meet concludes today, when Sara Gane will aim to complete her sweep of the breaststroke events for 14-year-old girls, having won gold in the 50m and 200m.

The Nelson Mail