Comet festival lives up to tradition

Numbers swimming at such a high standard was a club record.

Numbers swimming at such a high standard was a club record.

SHINING STARS: Comet Swimming Club standout performers include (from left) Max Phillips, Chloe Moore, Lily Hulley, Jodiesha Kirkpatrick and Zita Szoke. Kirkpatrick was in record-setting form at the club championships and the others won their age groups at the up-and-comers meet. Picture by Paul Rickard

ABOUT 300 Comet swimmers took part in the three sessions of the annual Comet club champs that started last month.

The club festival — which had 50-metre and 100m events split over three separate dates — goes back 50 years. Commonwealth and Olympic swimmers and athletes, All Blacks and local celebrities are among those to have competed in the festival at some time.

This year’s first session had an unprecedented turnout of 112 athletes and 80 officials and supporters.

Of those who took part, 47 were national competitors or qualifiers.

To have so many Comet members swimming at such a high standard was a club record.

Ten-year-old Jodiesha Kirkpatrick epitomised the high calibre of racing. She set a Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay 100m butterfly record with a time of 1 minute 15.14 seconds, taking one and a half seconds off the previous mark.

Notable battles for age-group honours were those between 10-year-old Max Phillips and William Matthews — separated by one point overall — and 11-year-old Tamsyn Brown and Imogen Amor-Bendall.

Fourteen-year-old females Holly Fisher and Samantha Durston had a monster of a battle coming down to the 200m events taken from the summer season.

The final event was the family relay, the Blumfield family finishing ahead of the Phillips family.

Final results will be announced at the club prize-giving on Sunday, May 14.

This event led into an excellent showing at the up-and-comers meet, with seven-and-under female Zita Szoke, eight-year-old Chloe Moore, nine-year-old Lily Hulley and 10-year-old Max Phillips winning their age groups.

Up-and-comers Comet results

Chloe Atkins-Wells: 3sec pb 100m freestyle.

Reiln Atkins-Wells: 3sec pb 25 breaststroke.

Angus Baker: 1 gold, 1 silver.

Asia Braithwaite: 10sec pb 100m freestyle.

Mahia Braithwaite: silver 50m breaststroke.

Bailey Chaffey: 13sec pb 100m backstroke.

Obe Chaffey: First-time competitor.

Bobbi Atawhai-Crawford: 1 gold, 2 bronze.

Kalea Daly: 1 gold, 1 silver.

Hayley Durston: 1 gold, 1 silver.

Stevie Durston: 1sec pb 50m freestyle.

Helen Evans: first-time competitor.

Shea Fergusson: 1 gold, 1 silver.

Riria Ferris-Reynolds: 2 silver, 1 bronze.

Fletcher Haar: 5sec pb 50m butterfly.

Aria Harrison: 2sec pb 100m freestyle.

Kimberley Hayes: silver 50m butterfly.

Harry Hayward: bronze 50m breaststroke.

Lily Hulley: 2 gold, 1 bronze.

Natalie Johnson: 16sec pb 100m individual medley.

Jacqueline Kennedy: first-time competitor.

Aj Kinsella: silver 25m freestyle.

Eva Kinsella: 2sec pb 50m backstroke.

Jaiah Kora: gold 50m butterfly.

Gus Logan: 1 silver, 1 bronze.

Holli MacDonald: 6sec pb 50m breaststroke.

Sam Matthews: silver 25m backstroke.

William Matthews: 1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze.

Celine McNabb: 14sec pb 100m backstroke.

Jack McNaught: 10sec pb 50m backstroke.

Zoe McNaught: first-time competitor.

Chloe Moore: 3 gold.

Sophia O’Hara: 4sec pb 50m freestyle.

Katelyn Paulson: 3sec pb 100m freestyle.

Max Phillips: 3 gold, 3 silver.

Tyler Rolls: first-time competitor.

Keeley Rose-Smiler: 2sec pb 50m backstroke.

Felix Sparks: 2sec pb 100m freestyle.

Jasmine Sparks: 1sec pb 50m freestyle.

Zita Szoke: 2 gold, 2 silver.

Michael Taniora: first-time competitor.

Kobe Teka-Kururangi: 1 silver, 2 bronze.

Amy Thomas: 3sec pb 100m breaststroke.

Tamara Tulia-Levy: 4sec pb 50m freestyle.

Flynn Watts: 1 bronze 50m breaststroke.

Zoe Watts: 3sec pb 50m freestyle.

Elijah Wright: 1 bronze.

Noah Wright: 1sec pb 50m freestyle.

Shade Wynyard: first-time competitor.

ABOUT 300 Comet swimmers took part in the three sessions of the annual Comet club champs that started last month.

The club festival — which had 50-metre and 100m events split over three separate dates — goes back 50 years. Commonwealth and Olympic swimmers and athletes, All Blacks and local celebrities are among those to have competed in the festival at some time.

This year’s first session had an unprecedented turnout of 112 athletes and 80 officials and supporters.

Of those who took part, 47 were national competitors or qualifiers.

To have so many Comet members swimming at such a high standard was a club record.

Ten-year-old Jodiesha Kirkpatrick epitomised the high calibre of racing. She set a Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay 100m butterfly record with a time of 1 minute 15.14 seconds, taking one and a half seconds off the previous mark.

Notable battles for age-group honours were those between 10-year-old Max Phillips and William Matthews — separated by one point overall — and 11-year-old Tamsyn Brown and Imogen Amor-Bendall.

Fourteen-year-old females Holly Fisher and Samantha Durston had a monster of a battle coming down to the 200m events taken from the summer season.

The final event was the family relay, the Blumfield family finishing ahead of the Phillips family.

Final results will be announced at the club prize-giving on Sunday, May 14.

This event led into an excellent showing at the up-and-comers meet, with seven-and-under female Zita Szoke, eight-year-old Chloe Moore, nine-year-old Lily Hulley and 10-year-old Max Phillips winning their age groups.

Up-and-comers Comet results

Chloe Atkins-Wells: 3sec pb 100m freestyle.

Reiln Atkins-Wells: 3sec pb 25 breaststroke.

Angus Baker: 1 gold, 1 silver.

Asia Braithwaite: 10sec pb 100m freestyle.

Mahia Braithwaite: silver 50m breaststroke.

Bailey Chaffey: 13sec pb 100m backstroke.

Obe Chaffey: First-time competitor.

Bobbi Atawhai-Crawford: 1 gold, 2 bronze.

Kalea Daly: 1 gold, 1 silver.

Hayley Durston: 1 gold, 1 silver.

Stevie Durston: 1sec pb 50m freestyle.

Helen Evans: first-time competitor.

Shea Fergusson: 1 gold, 1 silver.

Riria Ferris-Reynolds: 2 silver, 1 bronze.

Fletcher Haar: 5sec pb 50m butterfly.

Aria Harrison: 2sec pb 100m freestyle.

Kimberley Hayes: silver 50m butterfly.

Harry Hayward: bronze 50m breaststroke.

Lily Hulley: 2 gold, 1 bronze.

Natalie Johnson: 16sec pb 100m individual medley.

Jacqueline Kennedy: first-time competitor.

Aj Kinsella: silver 25m freestyle.

Eva Kinsella: 2sec pb 50m backstroke.

Jaiah Kora: gold 50m butterfly.

Gus Logan: 1 silver, 1 bronze.

Holli MacDonald: 6sec pb 50m breaststroke.

Sam Matthews: silver 25m backstroke.

William Matthews: 1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze.

Celine McNabb: 14sec pb 100m backstroke.

Jack McNaught: 10sec pb 50m backstroke.

Zoe McNaught: first-time competitor.

Chloe Moore: 3 gold.

Sophia O’Hara: 4sec pb 50m freestyle.

Katelyn Paulson: 3sec pb 100m freestyle.

Max Phillips: 3 gold, 3 silver.

Tyler Rolls: first-time competitor.

Keeley Rose-Smiler: 2sec pb 50m backstroke.

Felix Sparks: 2sec pb 100m freestyle.

Jasmine Sparks: 1sec pb 50m freestyle.

Zita Szoke: 2 gold, 2 silver.

Michael Taniora: first-time competitor.

Kobe Teka-Kururangi: 1 silver, 2 bronze.

Amy Thomas: 3sec pb 100m breaststroke.

Tamara Tulia-Levy: 4sec pb 50m freestyle.

Flynn Watts: 1 bronze 50m breaststroke.

Zoe Watts: 3sec pb 50m freestyle.

Elijah Wright: 1 bronze.

Noah Wright: 1sec pb 50m freestyle.

Shade Wynyard: first-time competitor.

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