Big Swim Timaru group heads to champs

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 09:56 23/02/2013
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SWIM ACE: Roncalli champion Korlina Volkov.

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One of Swim Timaru's biggest contingents in years is heading to the New Zealand Age Group Championships in Wellington.

They will face five days of hard racing against the country's best, competing in a 50m pool. For many, personal bests or making the top 10 is a realistic goal but a couple are also medal contenders.

In this format heats are raced in the morning with the 10 fastest battling it out in the evening for the medals.

Five are on debut, and Kyle Uys and William MacLeod have both been once before. McLeod will be the busiest of the team with nine events in the 14-year-old boys age group. He is expected to go close to medals with his best discipline the 400m freestyle.

Last year his best performances were two seventh placings, in the 400m and the 200m.

Also chasing the medals is Korlina Volkov, who is in good form after smashing seven records at her school's championships. Volkov's favoured event is the 100m freestyle, of the six she is competing in.

Uys past experience will hold him in good stead and will swim in seven events in the 16-year-old age-group with the 200m butterfly his best chance of a medal.

Matthew Uys is competing in seven events in the 15 years category and is looking for a top 10 effort in the 100m butterfly.

Bronte Davenport is also tackling seven events with her best prospect the 200m backstroke. Zara McLellan, 14, has qualified in two events.

Tim Colson, 16, will tackle three events with his best time likely to come in the 200m backstroke.

All four boys team up in the boys club relay events and all the swimmers have been selected into Eastern Districts regional relay teams.

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- The Timaru Herald

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