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Swim club quartet excel at short course national champs

Ryan Marsh picked up a silver and a bronze medal in Auckland. Photo: Supplied.

Four Marlborough swimmers made the most of their trip to the 2019 Swimming NZ short course age and open championships which finished on Saturday in Auckland.

Six Blenheim Swim Club swimmers qualified for the event, staged at the National Aquatic Centre. They were Luci Maara, Jack Bugler, Ollie Mandeno, George Glover, Minnette Richards and Ryan Marsh but only Glover, Marsh, Richards and Mandeno made the journey north.

It was well worth it though, with the BSC quartet excelling across a variety of strokes and races.

Marsh, who swam the 50 and 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m butterfly plus the 100m IM, picked up two medals – a silver medal in the 13 years 200 and a bronze in the 13 years 100m fly. Along the way he set three unofficial Swimming Nelson Marlborough records as well as registering three top 10 finishes in the 13-year division. He set personal bests in the 100 back, 200 free, 100 IM, 100 and 200m butterfly.

Glover also had a tough schedule, swimming 100 and 200 IM, 200 free, 1500 free, 50 back plus 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke. He also medalled, winning silver in the 16 years 1500m freestyle. He also claimed five top 10 finishes in the 16-year-old division and set unofficial Swimming Nelson Marlborough records for 16 years in the 100 IM and 200 breaststroke events. Glover recorded PBs in his 100 and 200 IM, plus 50 and 200 breaststroke races.

Richards competed in breaststroke, swimming 50, 100 and 200m races. She set as PB in the 100m and matched her best over 50 and 200m.

Mandeno competed in the 400 IM and 200 butterfly, setting a new PB in the 200 fly.

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