Andrew Trembath (Neptune) wins his heat of the 1500m
freestyle at the Otago swimming championships at Moana
Pool. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A rejuvenated Matthew Glassford (Neptune) pulled out all
stops over the last two laps to win the Otago senior men's
1500m freestyle at Moana Pool last night.
Glassford (22) won in 16min 43.35sec from Jeremy Tasker
(Oamaru), 16min 47.52sec, and Jake O'Grady (Ashburton), 17min
The Otago and Canterbury championships are both being held at
Moana Pool this week because the Christchurch earthquakes
wrecked the QE2 pool.
Andrew Trembath (Neptune) was third in the Otago
championships in 17min 19.75sec and O'Grady took the
It was a solid performance by Glassford, who was still tired
after a busy two weeks at a training camp with his coach,
Glassford impressed with his ability to sustain his technique
even though he was under pressure from Tasker and the
gruelling 30-lap course.
Glassford always held a slight margin over Tasker (18), who
was fourth in the event at the New Zealand short-course
championships at Wellington in September.
With two laps to go, Glassford held a body length over
Tasker. He then increased the margin to three body lengths at
Tasker trained with Shane Jones when he was a pupil at
Waitaki Boys' High School, and was still feeling the effects
of a training camp that the Oamaru club held at Wanaka over
the last two weeks.
His time was 15sec slower than his best.
''I got into a groove and was not able to lift my pace,''
''I knew he [Glassford] would push the pace at the end.''
Tasker will study marketing and commerce at the University of
Otago this year and intends to join one of the Dunedin
Trembath (16) lowered his 1500m time by 56sec despite feeling
the pain after just 500m.
''My muscles ached,'' he said.
''I am not used to racing this distance. It was hard work.''
Thomas Heaton (Waves) was a convincing winner of the boys
aged 14 and under title in 17min 04.73sec. He was followed
home by three Canterbury swimmers who took the medals at the
The Canterbury champion was Satori Dobbie (QE2), who won in
17min 45.76sec from North Canterbury swimmers Angus Syme,
17min 54sec, and Bryn Atkin, 17min 54.43sec.
It was a huge long-course personal best time for Dobbie by
1min 13sec and a best of 35sec when converted from his
Angus Macauley (Oamaru), a pupil at St Kevin's College,
finished fifth in the race but was second in the Otago
championships. His time was 18min 33.51sec.
He is coached by Shane Jones and his best events are the 200m
and 400m freestyle that will be held later in the
The senior women's 800m was won easily by Sarah Cutler
(Waves) in 9min 25.52sec, from Stef Gillespie (Zenith), 9min
33.24sec, and Jessica Schneiders (Neptune), 9min 35.68sec.
Cutler has continued her steady improvement and is now the
best female distance swimmer in Otago.
Brittany Tucker (QE2) was fifth in the race in 9min 51.46sec
and was the Canterbury champion.
Lucy Clough (Ashburton) won the girls aged 14 and under 800m
in 9min 43.56sec and was the Canterbury champion.
She was followed home by Caitlin Deans (Waves) in 9min
51.63sec and Zara McLellan (Timaru), 10min 05.94sec.
Deans (13), a pupil at Columba College, is the Otago
champion. She won a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle at the
New Zealand junior championships last year.