Gilbert continues on his winning ways

Joshua Gilbert continued his record-breaking form at the interclub relay and junior swim meet.

The 11-year Nebulite Taranaki Flyers swimmer broke the Taranaki record in the 10-and-11-year-old boys' 1500m freestyle event where he recorded a time of 20 minutes 22.24 seconds, lowering the previous record set by Jackson Arlidge of 21min 00.19sec in 2003.

The Stratford club team of eight swimmers aged from 9 to 14 then went on to win the Durning Trophy in the 8x50m freestyle relay in a Taranaki record time of 4min 22.57sec. They lowered the time set by Stratford in 1994 of 4min 24.33sec.

The record-breaking team was Luca Zabel (9), Eleanor Gilbert (9), Gilbert, Claudia Taylor (11), Chris Johnson (12), Bailee Drummond (12), Matthew Anderson (14) and Brittany Taylor (14).

In the Gayton Cup for the girls' 4x50m medley relay, the team from Aquabladz were also in record-breaking form.

The team of D'Ani Allen (17), Arwen Vernon (15), Charlotte Webby (24) and Katja Ehler (15) set a new time of 2min 13.50sec, passing the previous mark of 2min 15.94sec set by Aquabladz last year.

Teams from Aquabladz then went on to clean up all the other relay titles at the meet.

Gilbert also set an 800m freestyle record on his way to winning the 1500m race.

His time of 10min 44.59sec broke the previous mark of 10min 49.68sec set by Matthew Anderson in 2010.

Taranaki Daily News