Mount Maunganui surf lifesavers have again created history, successfully defending their title at the national pool rescue championships in Auckland over the weekend.
The Bay of Plenty club again holds both the pool-based Paul Kent Memorial Trophy and beach-based Alan Gardner Trophy, after becoming the first New Zealand club to hold both crowns last season.
Their record-breaking performance in Auckland saw them amass 162 points over the three-day competition, pulling 51 points clear of second-placed Orewa, with Mairangi Bay a distant third on 79 points.
Included in their 28 gold medals were an incredible 13 relay wins, setting 14 nationals records along the way including the event-ending open mega relay. Lochlainn O’Connor lead the individual charge in the under-16 boys’ division, winning five finals, while Tarquin Magner (under-13) and Daniel Shanahan (under-14) were close behind with four and three golds respectively.
“We had some exceptional individual performances but I was just so proud at how the entire team stepped up,” Mount coach John Bryant said. “Pretty much every swimmer we took up set a PB and we just couldn’t seem to miss. To have those two trophies sitting side-by-side in the clubroom again is something all our athletes can cherish.”
Libby Bradley and Daniel Barron both won gold in the under-19 division too, with Bradley setting a new national record in the 50m manikin carry.
Final points: Mount Maunganui 162, Orewa 111, Mairangi Bay 79, St Clair 71, Red Beach 56, Lyall Bay 51, Piha 47, Sumner 36, Fitzroy 33, Omanu 32.