Jade broke several West Melton School swimming records last week, which included backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly

Swimming records broken

by Ann van Engelen

It was a busy week last week for children from West Melton School as they competed in the school’s swimming competition and also joined other children at the Christchurch Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon.

“Our year five to eight swimming sports last week saw year eight student Jade break four school records,” says Promotions and Sports administrator Rita Spadoni.

“Students competed to qualify for zones with freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. We then held the non-competitive event and introduced a fun event of a medley race of one length of each stroke.

“Jade did amazingly well and broke our 2013 freestyle record at 35.81 seconds compared to 36.4 seconds. She was on a winning streak and also broke the backstroke record from 2013 with 43.03 from 46 seconds and the breaststroke record from 2018 achieving 50.09 from 53.09, and in butterfly, she broke the 2013 record 46.69 from 53.89. Year six student Toby broke the backstroke record for year six at 49.03 seconds and year six student Taylan broke the butterfly record at 56.69. We have 38 students who have qualified for the Selwyn Central swimming zone, which will be held on March 12 at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre.

“Those who entered the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon enjoyed the new Splash and Dash event. It was a 50-metre swim and a 1,500-metre run. We had six-year-olds enter, and they loved it. They were very excited about accomplishing the swimming and running. They were super keen to show me their medals. It is certainly a great event to keep children active.”