Nelson swimmers record fast times


Swimming is attracting more young athletes in the region and they are improving their times. That was the take-home message from the Winter Splash Meet at the Richmond Aquatic Centre on Saturday.
“The number of young swimmers in the region is definitely increasing,” commented Mark Lile, Club Captain from Nelson South Swimming Club, which hosted the meet.
“There were 82 regional swimmers at the meet, most of them under the age of 12. It was fantastic to see so many young swimmers, well supported by parents and friends”.
“The meet was an opportunity for these swimmers to put their training into practice – and their hard work obviously paid off with three-quarters of all swimmers posting at least one personal best time”.
Tasman Swim Club was a big presence at the pool with 44 swimmers. Fergus Drummond, 11, had an outstanding day with a clean sweep of six personal bests from six swims, including knocking 15.53 seconds from his 200m back time. Madeline Shallcrass (12) also had a perfect day with five personal bests from five swims, whilst 14-year-old Benjamin Munro recorded the biggest personal best of the meet. He took a massive 69.97 seconds from his previous best in the 1500m free, and posted three personal bests from four swims.
Nelson South’s Hannah Martin (13), a relative newcomer to competitive swimming, had a great meet with three bests from four swims which included taking 21.56 seconds off her 400m free time. Alexandra Grenfell (10) also swam well with five personal bests from six swims, with some big gains in several events. Nic Hall (11) had a good day at the pool with three personal bests from three swims.
Waimea Swim Club’s team of 14 swimmers were all 12 years or under. Jessie Brown and Kate Sturm, both 11, had successful days at the pool. Jessie recorded five PB times from eight swims in what was a busy day for her, whilst team-mate Kate posted three PB times from six swims.
Blenheim will host the next meet on the regional calendar at Stadium 2000 this Saturday.