Manawatu Secondary School Swimming Championships

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Manawatu Secondary School Swimming Championships
by Sally Wenham - Thursday, 27 May 2021, 3:25 PM

On Saturday the swimming team competed at the Manawatu Secondary School Championships held at the PNBHS pool. It was an outstanding afternoon of swimming from the team. Swimmers from PNBHS won 29 of the 32 events that were entered by the team. In the process, a number of school and Manawatu Secondary School records were broken

Alex Odom broke four School Records;
Open 200m, Individual Medley, in a time of 2:11.28
Open 100m, Individual Medley, in a time of 59.95
15 Year Old 50m Freestyle in a time of 24.66
15 Year Old 50m Backstroke in a time of 27.19
He also broke the Manawatu Secondary School Records in the 15-year-old 50m Fly, 100m and 200m Individual Medley events
Alex Willis broke the school 14 Year Old 100m Breaststroke record in a time of 1:08.42.
Alex also broke Manawatu Secondary School records in the 50m, 100m and 200m Breast. Notably, the 50m Breaststroke had stood since 1999.

Cole Phillips broke the Manawatu Secondary School Record in the 15-Year-Old 50m Breaststroke, another record that has stood since 1999. Cole also went under the previous records in both the 50m Free and 100m Individual Medley events but was beaten by other swimmers.

All four boy's relays were comfortably won by PNBHS and all in Manawatu Secondary School Record times. The 14 and Under 200m Medley Relay team of Josh Carroll, Alex Willis, Ryan Stott and Ian Tsui smashed the previous record by almost 10 seconds. With a slight personal change, Tariq Billinghurst swapping with Ryan Stott, they broke the 200m Freestyle Relay Record by almost 11 seconds. The 15 and Over relay team of Alex Odom, Cole Phillips, Ethan Limmer and Blake Chase broke the records in both the 200m Free and Medley relays by a more modest 3 seconds.