Nelson Leader : September 5th 2013
28 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 SPORT Medal haul inspires Stars: Sam McKenzie and Talya Harwood who both shone at the South Island champs in Blenheim. Titles, records: Ellie Rukuwai in action. Photo: MARC PALMANO/SHUTTERSPORT.CO.NZ By LINDA LLOYD and JIM SINNER Sam McKenzie and Ellie Rukuwai of Nelson, and Sara Gane of Blenheim won South Island titles as the South Island's top swimmers converged at Blenheim's Stadium 2000 Aquatic Centre at the weekend for the 2013 South Island Swimming Championships. Other Nelson swimmers putting in inspiring performances included Eddie Neill, Phillippa Dwyer, Amy Coulton, Samantha Trevurza, Clara Foster, Talya Harwood, Madisen Stanley and Kaine Ransby who brought home a truckload of medals between them. The event was packed with exciting racing and outstanding performances from some of the country's top swimmers as well as standout efforts from our local Top-of-the-South swimmers. McKenzie, 14, of the Nelson Swimming Club, blitzed the field for gold in the 50m butterfly, and the 50 and 100 freestyle in the 13-14 year-old-age group. He also brought home silver in the 200 free and bronze in the 100 butterfly and broke several Nelson-Marlborough age-group records (200 and 100 freestyle, and 50 butterfly). Rukuwai, 15, of Nelson South Swimming Club, won 15-16-year- old age group titles in the 50 breaststroke and 100 individual medley and silver in her 100 breaststroke, also smashing the age-group Nelson-Marlborough records in the 100 and 200 indi- vidual medley as well as the open record for the 100 individual med- ley.Gane, 15, of Blenheim Swim- ming Club won gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events and broke her own Nelson- Marlborough age-group record in the 100 breaststroke. Eddie Neill, 16, of Nelson South swam some standout races, taking 5 seconds off his personal best to win silver in the 200 individual medley, and swimming another personal best in the 400 individ- ual medley for a bronze. Neill's performances also slashed 7 seconds off the regional age group and open records for the 200 and 400 individual medley. Four other Nelson South swim- mers claimed South Island medals for the efforts. Clara Foster, 13, gained silver in the 50 and 200 breaststroke with a bronze in the 100m. Phillippa Dwyer, 14, brought home silver in the 400 individual medley and 400 freestyle, slashing the latter's Nelson-Marlborough record by 7 seconds. She earned bronze in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle. Amy Coulton won the 800 freestyle and also took 9 seconds off the regional age-group record, and broke the open record for that race. Samantha Trevurza was second in the 50 butterfly and 50 back- stroke, and third in the 100 back- stroke and 100 butterfly. Nelson Swimming Club also brought home medals. Talya Harwood, 14, won silver in the 800 freestyle and slashed 10 seconds off her personal best in the 400 freestyle. Madisen Stanley, 17, powered home in the 200 breaststroke to gain bronze with a 5-second per- sonal best, also gaining bronze in her 50 breaststroke race, with sil- ver in the 100 breaststroke. And Kaine Ransby, 17, won sil- ver in the 1500freestyle. Sally McMath, 15, of Blenheim Swimming Club claimed silver in the 200 backstroke and two bronzes, in the 50 and 100 butter- fly, setting a regional age-group record with her 100m time. During the meet, three Canter- bury athletes swam times that were fast enough to beat New Zea- land records, but these cannot be recognised because the pool does not have automatic timing gear with touch-pads. That was the only disappoint- ment of the entire meet,'' Swim- ming Nelson Marlborough board member and local organising com- mittee chairman Phil McMath said. The coaches and swimmers loved the pool complex but we've been told we won't get more big meets here until we get touch pads. So we are determined to get that rectified.'' Buff bodies The 2013 Top of the South Classic Body Building competition attracted 34 contestants from around New Zealand. Photographer Alden Williams caught some of the action, on stage and off. Winner: Lynette Chamber, winner of the Miss Athletic over 50 class. Posture: Vanessa Coburn holds a pose. Pumped: David Lowe prepares backstage. Backstage: Nelson's Josh Henery has his tan applied.
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