Pool ace speeds to records

18:33, Feb 11 2013
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SWIM ACE: Roncalli champion Korlina Volkov.

Roncalli swimmer Korlina Volkov is certainly making a splash after taking seven junior records from the eight available at her school's championships.

The 14-year-old's efforts would have been good enough to break six of the school's senior girls' records, showing her name is likely to dominate the record books in the future as she is only in year 10.

The oldest record she broke was Virginia Faass' 33-year-old 100m freestyle record, which Volkov smashed by more than 8sec, when she swam 1min 6sec.

Volkov also beat Karen Simpson's 1987 100m breaststroke record by almost 8sec and Casey O'Hara's 200m medley by over 14sec.

Only Melissa Balchin's 1993 50m backstroke record remained intact in the junior records.

Volkov started swimming seriously at Grantlea Downs four years ago and then moved into club swimming.


Her prowess in the water saw her take four golds and a silver at the Eastern Districts Championships and she is heading to the long course New Zealand age group championships, where she hopes to be in the country's top 10 in a number of events.

Volkov said she was better at the long course than the short because it reduced the number of turns needed.

As part of Swim Timaru, she also has a new coach in Oscar van Stekelenborg, whom she rates.

"He wasn't worried about the records. He just wanted to know the times," she said.

Swimming is, however, not Volkov's only sporting passion, as she shares time between netball, football, basketball and touch rugby.

Also impressing at the Roncalli champs was Emma Goddard, who broke two of the intermediate records.

Megan Heslop's 36-year-old record in the 50m freestyle was beaten when Goddard stopped the clock in 33.31sec, while she also grabbed the 50m backstroke record.

The Timaru Herald