Best ever en­try at swim car­ni­val

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ABBY BROWN

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.

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