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.

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