Delany wins NZ gold in breaststroke


Local swimmer Caitlin Delany put in an outstanding effort at the New Zealand Short Course Championships which finished in Auckland on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Waimea College student and Tasman Swim Club member claimed the national title in the open women’s 200m breastroke, as well as taking home gold in the 17-18 age group for the 50m and 200m breaststroke and a silver in the 400m individual medley.

Caitlin also set new Nelson-Marlborough open records in three events and an age group record in another.

Piper Riley, 13, was another a standout competitor, winning age group gold medals in the 200m and 400m freestyle and achieving personal best times in both races. The Waimea Intermediate swimmer also had fifth and sixth place finishes in four other invents and set four new Nelson-Marlborough age group records.

Talya Harwood, 17, collected age group silver medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle and finished fifth in the open 400m free.

Bendi Kepess, 13, won bronze in the age group 200m butterfly while Sam McKenzie, 17, picked up the age group silver medal in the 50m free and a bronze in the 100m free.

A number of other swimmers from Nelson South Swimming Club and Tasman Swim Club achieved top 10 finishes and personal best times on the national swimming stage.