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Gilbert makes golden mark on meet by setting 8 records

Last updated 08:30 26/01/2013

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Taranaki Flyers Stratford swimmer Joshua Gilbert was in fine form at the Wellington long course championships.

Gilbert, 11, broke eight Taranaki 10 to 11-year-old boys' records on his way to winning 10 gold medals and one silver.

He was also named the 11-year- old boy of the meet.

Gilbert's time of 2 minutes 56.65 seconds in the 200 metre breaststroke slashed his previous time of 3min 1.29sec, which he set last year.

In the 100m breaststroke, his time of 1m 22.54s beat the previous time of 1m 24.24s set by Kara McPherson in 1996. In the 50m breaststroke, Gilbert's time of 37.02s lowered clubmate Chris Johnson's record of 39.08s.

Gilbert then set a time of 2m 39.88s in the 200m individual medley, lowering top Taranaki swimmer Julian Weir's time of 2m 42.91s, set in 2008.

In the 200m backstroke, his new time of 2m 37.99s again bettered Weir's previous time of 2m 40.40s.

He then set a new mark in the 400m freestyle with a time of 5m 5.63s, overtaking Zac Reid's previous mark of 5m 14.37s. In the 200m freestyle, Gilbert stopped the clock at 2m 23.26s to lower the previous mark of 2m 24.50s set by another team-mate, Matthew Anderson, in 2010.

Finally, in the 100m freestyle, his time of 1m 5.56s lowered the mark set by Anderson in 2010 of 1m 6.24s.

Gilbert's team-mate, Brittany Taylor, 13, was also in record- breaking form.

She set three new Taranaki 12 to 13-year-old girls' records on her way to winning three gold medals and one bronze medal.

In the 200m backstroke, Taylor's time of 2m 30.34s lowered the previous mark of 2m 31.06s, set by Rebecca Johnson in 2006.

In the 100m backstroke, her time of 1m 9.70s lowered the previous time of 1m 10.56s set by Ruby Scott, of Aquabladz, in 2012.

Finally, in the 1500m freestyle, Taylor set a new time of 18m 51.90s to overtake the previous mark of 19m 23.28s, set by Anne-Marie O'Donnell, of New Plymouth Aquatics, in 2009.

Taylor's younger sister, Claudia, was named the 11-year-old girl swimmer of the meet after winning six gold medals and one bronze.

Aquabladz swimmer Kaitlyn Tippett, 13, also set a new Taranaki record in the 200m butterfly. Her time of 2m 32.62s broke the previous mark of 2m 33.14s set by Natasha Hitchcock in 2001.

Ann-Marie O'Donnell, 16, also won her overall age-group and picked up five gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 800m freestyle, as well as the 400m individual medley and the 200m backstroke.

Other medal winners were: Aquabladz swimmers D'Ani Allen, 17, Ruby Scott, 13, Nicole Wong, 12, Lucy North, 10, and Tori Cox, 10; New Plymouth Aquatics swimmers Jenna Barrett, 14, Eliot Lundon-Moore, 14, Caitlin Ogier, 15, Daniel Barron, 13, and Keenan Joe, 11; Taranaki Flyers Stratford swimmers Chris Johnson, 12, Mathew Anderson, 14, Lauree Collins, 11, Ryan Cooper, 16, Rebecca Brown, 11 and Eleanor Gilbert, 9, and Taranaki Flyers Opunake swimmers Cormach Hughson- How, 11, and Caitlan O'Connell, 10.

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Nebulite Taranaki Flyers finished as the fifth club overall, Aquabladz were sixth and New Plymouth Aquatics were 12th.

- Taranaki Daily News

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