Joll’s National Record Highlights Final Day of New Zealand World Champ Trials

By Jason Marsteller

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, December 16. NAPIER's Callum Joll eclipsed the New Zealand national record in the 50 backstroke to put the cherry on top of the New Zealand World Championships Long Course Trials held in Auckland. Joll clocked in at 26.20 to surpass the previous record of 26.23 originally set by Cameron Gibson on April 16, 2003 and later equaled by Scott Talbot-Cameron on July 30, 2005.

Meanwhile, Kane Radford set the 16-year-old national age group record in the 1500 free with a second-place time of 15:46.54. That time broke the previous standard of 15:46.99 set by Danyon Loader on Dec. 13, 1991.

Overall, North Shore Aquatics won 20 individual titles to demonstrate its dominance of the sport in New Zealand, while hosting West Auckland finished a distant second with three event triumphs.

Women's 50 Freestyle Finals
North Shore started off the final night of competition like it has been throughout the meet, by claiming a 1-2 finish in the sprint free. Hannah McLean hit the wall in 26.33 for the title, while Alison Fitch placed second in 26.65. Fiji's Caroline Puamau finished third in 26.65.

Men's 100 Freestyle Finals
West Auckland Aquatics swept the two-top in the men's 100 free as Mark Herring matched his 50 free win earlier in the meet with a two-lap win in 51.05. Teammate Michael Jack took silver in 51.50, while North Shore's William Benson placed third in 52.10.

Men's 50 Backstroke Finals
Napier Aquahawk Callum Joll set a New Zealand national record in the sprint back with a time of 26.20. That performance nipped the 26.23 originally set by Cameron Gibson on April 16, 2003 and later equaled by Scott Talbot-Cameron on July 30, 2005.

Meanwhile, Central City's Lewis Williams took second in 26.56, while John Zulch finished third in 27.17.

Women's 100 Butterfly Finals
North Shore's Emma Banks won the two-lap fly with a time of 1:03.29 to hold off 17-year-old challenger Antoinette Murray of Howick Pakuranga, who took second in 1:04.00. 17-year-old Sally Green of Watties Swim City closed out the top three in 1:04.14.

Men's 100 Breaststroke Finals
North Shore dominated the 100 breast with a 1-2-3 performance. Glenn Snyders swept the breaststroke titles with a time of 1:03.39, while Dean Kent touched second in 1:04.46. Oliver Young completed the North Shore trifecta in 1:06.31.

Women's 50 Backstroke Finals
North Shore went 1-2 as Elizabeth Coster touched out teammate Hannah McLean, 29.10 to 29.19, to win the sprint back title. 16-year-old Emily Thomas of Comet Swimming Club finished third in 29.97.

Men's 1500 Freestyle Finals
After suffering a close loss last year, Waves Swimming's Bryn Murphy came through triumphant in the metric mile with a time of 15:42.43. A pair of 16-year-olds took the second and third-place spots. Russell Athletic Eagles' Kane Radford, the Oceania 10K open water champion, finished second in 15:46.54, while Raumati Swimming Club's Shane Patience placed third in 15:47.17.

Notably, Radford's time edged the national age group record for 16-year-olds previously held by Danyon Loader. Loader posted a 15:46.99 on Dec. 13, 1991.

Women's 200 Breaststroke Finals
17-year-old New Zealand breaststroke sensation Annabelle Carey chopped nearly six seconds off her personal best time to win the 200 breast in 2:32.35. That performance gave her a pair of breaststroke golds after winning the 100 breast last night.

In other action, 17-year-old Kelly Bentley of Capital Swim Club took second in 2:36.30, while North Shore's Katie Bone placed third in 2:37.16.

Men's 200 Butterfly Finals
North Shore's Moss Burmester continued his solid meet by winning the 200 fly in 1:56.89. The closet competitor, Neptune's Andrew McMillan, claimed second place in 2:01.87, while 15-year-old Cameron Burrows from Howick Pakuranga took third in 2:05.55.

Women's 200 Freestyle Finals
North Shore closed the meet with a top-two sweep. Helen Norfolk took the 200 free title in 2:00.93, while teammate Melissa Ingram finished second in 2:02.94. 17-year-old Tash Hind of Capital Swim Club touched third in 2:05.53.