Neill crowned best all-rounder

22:08, Feb 10 2014

Fraser Neill has secured the Marie Saul Cup for the best all-round swimmer as the Swimming Nelson Marlborough age groups championships concluded at Nayland Pool.

Neill, 17, swimming in his last regional meet before heading to university, finished ahead of his brother Eddie, 16, for the all-round trophy, presented on Saturday.

The cup is awarded to the swimmer who achieves times closest to the Nelson-Marlborough open records, averaged across seven events and all four strokes.

In the race for team honours, Nelson South picked up enough points to hold off a late charge from Tasman Swim Club.

Nelson South retained the Buchanan Cup for overall points, as well as the YMCA Cup for the most points per entry. Blenheim was third and Waimea fourth in total points, while Motueka Swimming Club finished third and Blenheim fourth in points per entry.

Talya Harwood of Tasman club set a new regional open record for girls in the 800m freestyle while team-mate Thomas Heaton broke his own record for 15-year-old boys in winning the 1500m freestyle event.

Sam McKenzie of Tasman Swim Club and Clara Foster of Nelson South won the Pattison Family Cups for best 14-year-old swimmers. McKenzie won 11 gold medals in the boys' age group while Foster won 10 gold and one silver in the girls'.

Young swimmers from Motueka Swim Club also performed well, with Daniel Trevurza winning the Durrant Family trophy for 12-year-old boys and Joshua Amyes winning the Margaret Young cup for 10-year-old boys. Cassandra and Tara Hagan, of Tasman Swim Club, won the girls' trophies in those age groups, each winning eight gold medals.