Blenheim swimmers show prowess

Top performers from the Blenheim Swim Club. From left: Lexi Timpson (14), Jessica Lovell (12), Kyla Thorstensen (12), Finn McNabb (12), Rhys Gjelstad (11), Joel Verran (14), Nicola Lovell (10) and Lachlan McNabb (13). Photo: Supplied.

The Blenheim Swimming Club hailed eight new champions after three tough days of competition at the Swimming Nelson Marlborough long course championships.

Competing in the 50 metre pool at Nayland, Nelson from January 31 to February 2, the Blenheim Swimming Club had a team of 23 swimmers in attendance under the guidance of head coach Jenni Gane.

BSC competitors who won championship titles were Lexi Timpson, Jessica Lovell, Kyla Thorstensen, Finn McNabb, Rhys Gjelstad, Joel Verran, Nicola Lovell and Lachlan McNabb.

Other BSC medal winners over the weekend were Jack Bugler, Eliza Glover, Andrew Hall, Matthew Hall, Chelsea Mandeno, Oliver Mandeno, Katie Marsh, Carys McNabb, Minnette Richards & Hamish Timpson.

The format for this event involved swimmers competing within their year age groups. All swimmers had to complete a specific set of events in order to qualify for the trophies, tackling races from 50m to 1500m.

Hot and windy conditions at the outdoor meet presented swimmers with a challenge they do not formally face when training and racing at the 25m indoor pool at Blenheim’s Stadium 2000, however all swimmers performed up to expectation, with most posting personal best times over the weekend.

The Blenheim Swimming Club took out the YMCA Cup for most team points per entry, a reflection of the high standard achieved across the whole team, plus the relay teams performed exceptionally well at all age levels.

Swimmers are now training hard for national-level events coming up in the next three months and the club anticipates a strong contingent to attend these meets.

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