Best ever entry at swim carnival
The Matamata Swimming Club carnival was a huge success as it attracted a record number of participants, club president Karen Raymond said. The February 6 event saw 330 swimmers in a large number of events and heats.
Many Matamata Swimming Club members gained personal bests, including Teri Bennett. She gained five personal bests over six events with her top PB being the 100 metre breaststroke, where she took seven seconds off her best time.
The club was also represented in both the junior and senior SKINZ 100m freestyle.
In this event the eight swimmers with the best times from the heats can swim up to seven times in a row with the slowest being eliminated until third, second and first has been won.
The event needs a lot of strategy and stamina, Raymond said, as swimmers must conserve energy until it’s time to compete for places but still not be eliminated for being too slow.
Tyler Tapper represented the club in the junior section and Matt Hyde came fifth in the senior section.
Raymond was thankful to the local businesses that sponsored the event, as the money they put towards the prizes for places was a big drawcard to bring in clubs from Auckland and the Waikato to Matamata.
COOL KIDS: From left Ester James, Milly Hills, Heidi Roberts and Alyssa Tapper relax between
BUTTERFLY BOY: James Raymond in action.