Records tumble at champs
Six gold medals, three silver and three bronze, 11 Wairarapa records, 81 personal best times and national qualifying times were the rewards for Masterton Swimming Club’s 18-strong team at the Wellington Short Course Championships.
The club finished eighth out of 22 clubs from throughout New Zealand that competed over six sessions over the last two weekends at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre.
Louis Oliver, 11, led the way for Masterton with an outstanding four gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Clocking 13 personal best times saw Oliver rewrite a large section of the under 12 boys Wairarapa record book, setting seven new records including in all three individual medley events, two of which have stood for 22 years.
A measure of the strength of the competition in his age group was Oliver’s two new records set in the 50 freestyle and 50 backstroke in which he was placed fourth overall.
The team’s youngest member, Harry Oliver, 9, impressed in the 50m and 100m freestyle, winning gold medals and breaking Wairarapa records that have stood for 17 years in both events. He picked up silver medals in the 100m and 50m backstroke in a highly-successfully meet.
Returning to competitive swimming after a break, Xavier Parker, 17, was quickly up to speed, winning bronze in the 50m freestyle in the 16-17 boys age group in 25.23 seconds, one of seven personal bests swum over the two weekends.
Swimming in the 16-17-year age group, Kate Sims, 16, set new Wairarapa senior women’s records in the 200m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
Amongst Hanna Cohr’s, 13, eight personal best times achieved was her first national age group qualifying time in the 200m backstroke. Isabel Bresaz ,11, qualified for NZ Division II in several events and swam nine personal bests.
Charlotte Murray, 12, also qualified in NZ Division II and swam an impressive 11 personal bests.
Masterton Swimming Club head coach, Anna Kitching, said the results achieved by the whole team were outstanding at this early stage of the season.
‘‘To produce 81 personal bests while most of the swimmers have also been committed to winter sports was fantastic.’’
Louis Oliver, Xavier Parker and Harry Oliver won medals at the Wellington Champs.