Nine records splashed


Nine records were smashed at Waimate High School’s annual swimming sports last week.
Year 11 pupil Tandia Gooch broke no fewer than six senior girls’ records.
Eight of the records to fall were broken on Wednesday, the first day of competition, while the ninth came on Thursday.
Tandia was the stand-out performer at the event, breaking the three-length freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke records in emphatic fashion.
Her freestyle time of 1min 8.19sec smashed the previous record of 1min 14.30sec set in 1994, while her backstroke record of 1min 22.5sec shaved close to four seconds off the previous mark of 1min 26sec, set in 1992.
Tandia’s breaststroke swim of 1min 33.78sec also took nearly four seconds off the old record of 1min 37.22sec, clocked in 2011.
She also set a one-length freestyle record of 19.96sec, just under the 20.16sec mark set in 1994, and broke her own 200m freestyle record of 2min 25.84sec which she set last year.
The final record she claimed was in the one-length butterfly, in a time of 21.06sec, ahead of the 2013 mark of 22.93sec.
Tandia, who equalled her 2015 medley record, now holds all but five of the school’s senior and intermediate records across all events.
Rhys Charles had a good day at the pool in the junior boys’ section, breaking two records.
The year 8 pupil swan the one-length backstroke in a time of 24.43sec and destroyed his own one-length butterfly mark of 28.87sec by more than four seconds.
Year 13 pupil Briana Butcher added her name to the record books with a one-length breaststroke time of 26.06sec. The previous best was 26.12sec, set in 2013.
She now holds both the intermediate and senior girls’ records for the event.

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