Swimming: Four more Otago records for Ruske

Aleisha Ruske
Aleisha Ruske
Aleisha Ruske (Neptune) cannot help herself. She just keeps breaking records.

She broke four Otago girls aged 12 and 13 records at the provincial championships and added five more in Wellington last week.

Ruske (13), a pupil at St Hilda's Collegiate, won four individual medals at the New Zealand age-group championships and broke five Otago records. Ruske, who is coached by Punch Tremaine, has broken 19 Otago age-group records in the past four years.

The new records set in Wellington were: 50m freestyle (27.91sec), 100m freestyle (1min 01.04sec), 50m butterfly (29.85sec), 100m butterfly (1min 06.63sec) and 200m butterfly (2min 31.54sec).

The most significant record was the 100m freestyle held by Olympian Anna Wilson since 1991. Wilson, a member of Duncan Laing's squad, won numerous New Zealand open women's titles and represented New Zealand at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

In the 200m butterfly Ruske beat the Stefannie Gillespie's 2-year-old record by 3sec. Ruske broke her own Otago records in the other three events.

She ended the championships with four medals: gold in the 100m butterfly, silver in the 100m freestyle and 200m butterfly, and bronze in the 50m butterfly.

The other Otago record by a Neptune club swimmer went to Kate Godfrey (17), a pupil at Otago Girls High school, in the girls aged 17 and 18 200m backstroke. Godfrey, a member of coach Gennadiy Labara's Osca squad, broke the record she set two years ago twice.

She swam the heat in 2min 20.68sec and improved on this with 2min 20.33sec in the final when she won the silver medal.

Godfrey also holds the open women's 100m backstroke record with the 1min 05.73sec she swam at the Otago championships.

 

 

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