Some boys are born in fast lane

21:16, Apr 10 2014
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MAKING A SPLASH: Sacred heart's Hamish Fitzgerald, above left, and Waihi's Jack Sands, were in outstanding form at the South Canterbury Primary Schools Swimming Championships.

Jack Sands and Hamish Fitzgerald will be worth keeping an eye on after grabbing 15 titles and 13 records between them at the South Canterbury Primary Schools Swimming Championships.

Both boys had outstanding results with Waihi's Sands breaking eight records in the nine events he competed in.

Fitzgerald, from Sacred Heart, won seven of nine events, with his name going into the record books five times.

Sands dominated the 11 years age group and Fitzgerald the 12s. Both made clean sweeps of the 25m and 50m freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke.

Their only defeats they had came at each others hands in the open races.

Sands had the edge as he took out two, the 100m individual medley and freestyle, while Fitzgerald created an upset of sorts in the 50m butterfly, with a superb finish to win by 0.33s.


With the championships moving to the CBay complex and new distances last year, the test will come on how long their names stay in the record books.

Sands is a member of the Geraldine Swimming Swimming Club while Fitzgerald trains under CBay with coach Oscar van Stekelenborg.

The pair were not the only ones to shine.

Timaru Rural School's Eva Cloake won all five events she competed in - the 11 year girls, won 50m backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and also took out the open 100m freestyle and individual medley.

Geraldine's Caleb Orange also won five from five in the 9 years age group while Waihi's Cameron Slee won four from four in the 10s.

The Timaru Herald