Team all part of club win
The Aquabladz Taranaki Swimming Club team cleaned up at the winter swimming championships held in Stratford.
More than 40 swimmers, from the Methanex Bell Block pool-based team competed and became the top scoring club with 3581 points.
"It was a real team effort with most swimmers contributing to the overall score that our club achieved through many gaining finals berth across all strokes and distances," said head coach Sue Southgate.
Five swimmers achieved top placings. They were Julian Weir, 16, Charlotte Webby, 24, Michael Jack, 27, Ruby Scott, 12, and Zac Reid, 12.
"The stand-out swim was the 100m swam by Julian Weir in a Taranaki record time of 58.85 seconds."
This broke the record of Dylan Dunlop-Barrett set at 1 minute and 1 second.
Michael Jack also finished under the previous record at 1 minute.
"The team had an outstanding performance, with nearly every swimmer posting personal bests."
It was a great way to kick-start the 2012 and 2013 season, Ms Southgate said. Overall the club won a total of 127 medals.
This comprised 53 golds, 42 silvers and 32 bronze from the 42 athletes who competed. There were six other Taranaki clubs competing and two from the Bay of Plenty.
It was also a special occasion because Swim New Zealand Technical Advisory Committee member Matt Mehan was there to assess several officials.
Alison Gadsby and Claire White were accredited with regional referee status and Byron Reid was accredited as a regional inspector of turns for the sport.
"We would like to thank the many Aquabladz parents who helped at these championships.
"Without their help swimmers would not gain official times and represent our club at national events," Ms Southgate said.