Five records broken at CSW Individual Swimming Championships

There were five records broken by two individual swimmers at the CSW Swimming Championships last week. Chelsey Edwards broke three and Max Drummond two. We caught up with Max this week.

A recent move to the Capital Swim Club to train with friends and a group of older elite swimmers is paying dividends for Hutt International Boys School year 11 swimmer Max Drummond.

Max was the outstanding junior swimmer at the College Sport Wellington meet, winning three races and setting two records.   “At the moment I am training under Gary Hollywood at Capital Swim Club in town.  I train with Lewis Clareburt [College Sport Wellington’s Athlete of the Year last year and Commonwealth Games medallist] and others such as Wellington College swimmers Atakura Julian and Tom Watkins,” he said. “Everything is a competition and we get on well, and that and the high performance environment is helping me.”

The two events he won and set records in last week were in his two main strokes, the U15 Boys 100m Freestyle and the U15 100m Backstroke.   He also won the 50m backstroke and finished second in the 100m IM, 200m Freestyle races in his age-group.   In total, there were five records broken at the CSW meet at Naenae Pool, with Chilton St James swimmer Chelsea Edwards setting the other three. Edwards set new marks in the Girls 15 and Over 50m Butterfly and 100m and 200m Freestyle races.   In the two events that Max broke records in, he won the 100m Freestyle in 55.94s, with William Lambie of Scots College recording the second fastest time and HIBS teammate Ashley Boag the third. He won the 100m Backstroke ahead of Alex Esposito of St Pat’s Town and Maxwell Sheppard-Morrison of Wellington College.

His winning times would have placed him third just behind senior winner Atakura Julian in the 100m Freestyle and second a nose behind senior winner Tom Watkins in the 100m Backstroke.   Max’s winning times in these two events weren’t personal bests, but they were close to previous best marks. “Everyone in Wellington is quick, so this meet last week is a good competition and a good way to put my training into practice,” Max said.  The College Sport Wellington meet only lasts a day, so there is just one race per swimmer per event. “I did five races that day. Usually at a normal meet like that you just do two or three, so it is very tiring at the end.”

What is coming up?
“The next meet is the Wellington Championships in September and then the New Zealand Short Course Championships in early October in Auckland, and that is the main one I am going for.”  He also hopes to compete in the New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships, which are in Wellington this year in mid-September. He won a handful of medals at the schools meet last year, which is primarily a team’s event not an individual one.   As it suggests, the short course championships are in a 25m pool, which means more turns – something that Max is working on in training.

 How often is Max training?
“When I am in hard-core training mode I do seven pool and two gym sessions a week.” Each pool session is two hour, so that’s 15 hours in the pool week and about 20 hours overall.”  He also thanks his parents for driving him into town daily to train, while his younger sister [year 8] also swims and trains in Porirua under Ben Walsh, where Max used to swim before his move to the Capital Swimming squad.  Competitive swimming is Max’s sole focus, but up until this year he played underwater hockey and rugby. He used to play flanker for the Upper Hutt Junior Club and for HIBS when he started secondary school.   He has been swimming all his life. “It was about seven or eight when we had our primary school swimming and I won everything. So I joined a club and started from there.”

 

CSW SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
RECORD HOLDERS
Name School Time Year
Events
U15 Girls 100 Individual Medley Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 1.06.11 2016
U15 Girls 100 Breaststroke Julia Borlase Wellington Girls’ 1.17.20 2017
U15 Girls 50 Butterfly Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 29.07 2016
U15 Girls 100 Freestyle Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 58.31 2016
U15 Girls 50 Backstroke Stevie Shipman Kapiti College 30.85 2017
U15 Girls 200 Freestyle Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 2.08.01 2016
U15 Girls 50 Breaststroke Scarlett Tacon Wellington East 35.99 2012
U15 Girls 100 Butterfly Georgia More Sacred Heart 1.06.52 2017
U15 Girls 100 Backstroke Macy Burns Wellington East 1.06.38 2014
U15 Girls 50 Freestyle Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 26.25 2016
15&O Girls 100 Individual Medley Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 1.05.56 2017
15&O Girls 100 Breaststroke Bryony Thorne Chilton St James 1.15.26 2013
15&O Girls 50 Butterfly Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 28.98 2018
15&O Girls 100 Freestyle Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 56.70 2018
15&O Girls 50 Backstroke Sarah O’Connor Wellington Girls’ 30.69 2016
15&O Girls 200 Freestyle Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 2.04.03 2018
15&O Girls 50 Breaststroke Maggie Burns Samuel Marsden 34.97 2014
15&O Girls 100 Butterfly Scarlett Tacon Wellington East 1.04.21 2014
15&O Girls 100 Backstroke Sarah O’Connor Wellington Girls’ 1.05.06 2016
15&O Girls 50 Freestyle Chelsey Edwards Chilton St James 26.24 2017
U15 Boys 100 Individual Medley Ben Walsh Tawa College 1.00.37 2012
U15 Boys 100 Breaststroke Ben Walsh Tawa College 1.06.50 2012
U15 Boys 50 Butterfly Cameron Jones Wellington College 26.45 2011
U15 Boys 100 Freestyle Max Drummond Hutt International 55.94 2018
U15 Boys 50 Backstroke Ben Walsh Tawa College 27.79 2012
U15 Boys 200 Freestyle Devlin Forsythe Wellington College 2.00.50 2013
U15 Boys 50 Breaststroke Ben Walsh Tawa College 30.83 2012
U15 Boys 100 Butterfly Cameron Jones Wellington College 58.64 2011
U15 Boys 100 Backstroke Max Drummond Hutt International 1.01.23 2018
U15 Boys 50 Freestyle Cameron Jones Wellington College 24.18 2011
15&O Boys 100 Individual Medley Ben Walsh Tawa College 58.31 2013
15&O Boys 100 Breaststroke Ben Walsh Tawa College 1.03.09 2014
15&O Boys 50 Butterfly Ben Walsh Tawa College 26.18 2013
15&O Boys 100 Freestyle Kyle Barnes Tawa College 53.17 2012
15&O Boys 50 Backstroke Oliver Wyeth Wellington College 27.35 2012
15&O Boys 200 Freestyle Ted Taylor Wellington College 1.54.52 2012
15&O Boys 50 Breaststroke Ben Walsh Tawa College 29.43 2014
15&O Boys 100 Butterfly Ted Taylor Wellington College 58.64 2012
15&O Boys 100 Backstroke Oliver Wyeth Wellington College 58.47 2012
15&O Boys 50 Freestyle Ben Walsh Tawa College 24.02 2014

 

Article courtesy of College Sport Media