Kiwis break more records at German Cup

Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Kiwis backed up an impressive first day in the pool at day two of the 2013 International German Cup overnight (NZ time) setting yet another World Record and two more New Zealand Records.

Day One saw Wainui Surf Life Saving Club's Laura Quilter set a new World Record, smashing out the 50m Manikin Carry in 34.74 seconds, setting a new New Zealand Record at the same time.

This time the World Record came from Lyall Bay's Samantha Lee as she raced the 100m Rescue Medley in a time of 1.09.59. Laura came in a close second in a time of 1.11.79.

Samantha continued her winning streak taking out gold in the 200m Super Life Saver in a time of 2.30.43. In the men's event, Titahi Bay's Steve Kent finished fourth in a time of 2.11.17 and Midway's Chris Dawson came in eighth in a time of 2.14.67.

Samantha and Steve set a New Zealand Record each in the 100m Manikin Carry with Fins. Samantha came in second in the women's event in a time of 56.63 and Steve, also coming in second in the men's event, finished in a time of 47.13.

Overall, Steve and Samantha took away top male and female for the German Cup, backing up their wins as top male and female at last weekend's BeNe Cup (also a pool rescue competition). Laura took out second place for the females.

Team Coach and Manager Scott Bartlett says the German Cup has been an outstanding event. "For Samantha and Steve to back up their top individual wins from the BeNe Cup as top overall for the German Cup as well was magic."

Between Samantha and Laura, they won five out of the six individual events. "That's powerful and demonstrates real strength," he says.

The European tour is giving the athletes a valuable taste of international competition ahead of next year's Lifesaving World Champs (Rescue 2014) which will be held in France. Last year, New Zealand won back the title of World Champions at Rescue 2012 in Adelaide.

Mr Bartlett says the team out-performed expectation at the German Cup and they're tracking very well for Rescue 2014. "The number of new New Zealand Records and the two World Records set this weekend is just brilliant," he says.

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Editor's note:

The German Cup was held in Warendorf, Germany and kicked off at 9pm on Friday night New Zealand time.

The New Zealand team consists of Steve Kent (Titahi Bay), Samantha Lee (Lyall Bay), Laura Quilter (Wainui), and Chris Dawson (Midway).

Day Two Results:

100m Manikin Carry with Fins:

Women: Samantha Lee 2nd (56.63- NZ Record), Laura Quilter 8th (59.82)
Men: Steve Kent 2nd (47.13- NZ Record), Chris Dawson (49.47)

100m Rescue Medley:

Women: Samantha Lee 1st (1.09.59- World Record), Laura Quilter 2nd (1.11.79)

200m Super Life Saver:

Women: Samantha Lee 1st (2.30.43)
Men: Steve Kent 4th (2.11.17), Chris Dawson 8th (2.14.67)

Day One Results:

200m Obstacles:

Women: Samantha Lee 1st (2.07.99), Laura Quilter 3rd (2.13.19)
Men: Steve Kent 1st (1.54.65), Chris Dawson 9th (2.00.21)

50m Manikin Carry:

Women: Laura Quilter 1st (34.74- world/NZ record), Samantha Lee 3rd (35.50)
Men: Steve Kent 8th (30.13- NZ Record)

100m Manikin Tow with Fins:

Women: Laura Quilter 1st (1.02.67- NZ Record)
Men: Chris Dawson 10th (56.22)

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