WARENDORF, Germany, November 24. QUEENSLAND’s pool rescue swimming queen Pamela Hendry is the toast of the Australian Life Saving Team today after her world record breaking swim in the 100m Manikin Carry as the Aussies were crowned German Cup Pool Rescue Champions for the first time in Warendorf.
Hendry, 21, inspired her team to a six medal haul on day two, including two gold, two silver and two bronze for an overall meet tally of three gold, five silver and three bronze medals and to a history-making first ever win in the prestigious international pool rescue competition.
After commanding victories at the recent Commonwealth Championships and the Sanyo Bussan International Surf Rescue Challenge in Japan, Australia has now created history with its inaugural German Cup pointscore.
It was a double celebration for Australia’s girls team which wrapped up the women’s pointscore to continue Australia’s recent domination on the international sporting stage.
Hendry’s Maroochydore SLSC/ Port Hacking Lifeguard Club team mate Sam Bell won Australia’s second gold in the gruelling Super Lifesaver event *, while Rachelle King (Terrigal SLSC/ Hills Lifesaving Club) claimed silver, Hendry bronze and Christina Ruiz (Northcliffe SLSC) fourth in the women’s Superlifesaver which also saw Mariah Jones (Tweed Heads-Coolangatta SLSC) smash her personal best to claim eighth.
The Australians also continued to make their presence felt in the relays taking silver in an Australian record time for the women’s 4x50m medley relay while the Australian men won bronze, also in an Australian record time in their 4x50m medley relay, re-inforcing Short’s philosophy to build his World Championship campaign around team work.
But the day belonged to Hendry, who swims at the Brisbane Grammar School program, where she has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting pool rescue swimmers as National Head Coach Danny Short moulds his team for next year’s ILS World Championships “Rescue 2014″ in France.
Hendry certainly showed all of her speed, strength and skills to set her new world record in the 100m Manikin Carry with Fins in a time of 55.72secs to beat outstanding New Zealand FINA World Championship butterflyer Samantha Lee (56.63) with Anneloes Peulen (Netherlands) third in 57.01.
In a stunning performance, Hendry took 0.66secs off Italian Marta Mozzanica’s 2011 world time of 56.38.
After adding bronze in the Super Lifesaver, Hendry then combined with King, Ruiz and Jones to spearhead Australia to silver behind Italy in an Australian record time of 1:44.55s for the women’s 4x50m medley relay.
Bell, who also trains out of the Brisbane Grammar School Swimming program, showed why he is the ironman of the pool with his Australian record time to win gold in the 200m Super Lifesaver event in an extraordinary time of 2:09.07 to beat Italian pool rescue swimming legend Federico Pinotti (2:09.95) with Germany’s Adrian Flugel (2:11.01) taking bronze.
He later combined with London Olympian Ryan Napoleon, Andrew Bowden and Tim Schofield to smash the Australian record, clocking a time of 1:31.09s for the men’s 4x50m medley relay behind Germany (who nudged the French team’s world record) with The Netherlands claiming the bronze.
In a night that saw Australian records fall in almost every event, Christina Ruiz was not going to be denied a new National mark of 1:13.63s in her pet event, the 100m medley which saw Kiwi swimming star Samantha Lee smash her own world record with an amazing swim of 1:09.59 ahead of fellow New Zealand dual swimming and surf lifesaving international Laura Quilter (1:11.79).
In other events Schofield (Terrigal SLSC/ Hills Lifesaving Club) continued his amazing meet when he set a new Australian record of 49.17 in the 100m Manikin Carry to finish 12th in one of the most competitive events on the program won by Flugel (46.32) ahead of Kiwi London Olympian Steven Kent (47.13) and Germany’s Anil Sezen (47.30).
There were also outstanding personal bests from Bell (49.40s) and Bowden (49.92s) who joined Schofield as the only Aussies in the Sub 50secs club.
Not to be outdone, Matt Davis clocked 50.75 and Napoleon 51.17s which were also big personal bests.
* The Super Lifesaver: Is a pool rescue event which requires the competitor to swim 75 m freestyle before diving to recover a submerged manikin. The competitor surfaces the manikin within 5 m of the pick-up line and carries it to the turning edge. After touching the wall the competitor releases the manikin. In the water, the competitor dons fins and rescue tube within 5 m of the turning edge and swims 50 m freestyle. After touching the wall the competitor fixes the rescue tube around a floating manikin within 5 m of the turning edge and tows it to touch the finish edge of the pool.
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