Athletes from Papamoa and Titahi Bay have set the bar high ahead of next month's New Zealand Pool Championships by breaking national records at the Harcourts Northern Region pool champs.
Papamoa's Jake Hales broke the Open Men's 50m Swim with Fins record with a time of 19.48, beating the existing record of 19.49 set by Piha's Neilsen Varoy at the 2012 New Zealand Pool Championships.
Titahi Bay's Steven Kent then set another New Zealand Pool competitions record in the Open Men's 100m Manikin Tow with a time of 54.53, under the record time of 54.62 set by Midway's Chris Dawson at the Lifesaving World Championships in France in 2014.
Papamoa club member Madi Kidd set a new record in the Under 19 Women's 50m Swim with Fins with a time of 22.32, breaking the current women's record of 22.35 set by Mairangi Bay's Marina McCartney at last year's New Zealand Pool Championships.
The 18 year-old also broke her own Under 19 Manikin Tow with Fins record in a time of 1.05.71. Her previous time was 1.06.44.
The 2015 Harcourts Northern Region Pool Championships was held at the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre in Mairangi Bay, Auckland last weekend and was attended by over 300 athletes from 17 Surf Life Saving Clubs including Red Beach, Orewa, Muriwai, Mairangi Bay, Piha, Kariaotahi, Bethells Beach, Raglan, Ruakaka, Mt Maunganui, Papamoa, Sumner, St Clair, Titahi Bay, Wainui, Waihi and Whangamata.
Piha finished top of the club points table, just one point ahead of Orewa in second with Mairangi Bay in third.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Sport Manager Mike Lord says it's great to see NZ pool competition records being broken at a regional pool champs level.
"The standard of racing is always high and I can't wait to see what other records are to be broken at next month's national champs," he says
The 2015 New Zealand Pool Championships will be held at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Auckland from October 2-4.
For full results from the Harcourts Northern Region Pool Championships, click here.
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