Katikati Swimming Club caused a wave or two in the pool at the New Zealand Masters National Championships held in Auckland recently.

Swimmers representing the club won 45 medals and set three national records in the 25-86 years old categories.

"Next year with the World Masters Games being held in Auckland, we've seen a real upswing of interest," Katikati Masters Swim Club president, Leon Ruttersmith said.

"Our club is made up of local Katikati swimmers, and a number of others who swim regularly at Baywave or Greerton Pools in Tauranga, who join us for nationals and other meets.

"Masters meets are a lot more relaxed than regular swim meets. We find it's a great opportunity for people to work towards their own goals and enjoy the support and camaraderie from a team environment."

Papamoa-based Matheus Ribeiro made a big impact in his first Masters swim meet winning all three of his 30-34 year-old freestyle events (100m, 200m, 400m) and smashing two national records.

A former Brazilian national swimmer, Ribeiro moved to Papamoa two years ago and has settled here with his wife, Suzanne, who coaches at the Tauranga Synchronised Swimming Club.

"It's the first time I've competed in the pool since I retired in 2010," Ribeiro said.

"I was training at Baywave and was looking to join a club to compete with at the Masters and the closest club I could find was Katikati. They were very friendly and they have a 33-metre pool so I train with them there on the weekend.

"My strength is more as a long distance swimmer, so I wasn't sure how I would go in the shorter distances, but once I was back on the blocks it all fell into place."

Trained by local swim and surf lifesaving coach Scott Bartlett, Ribeiro has set his next goals for the Round the Mount Swim and the World Masters Games in Auckland in April.

One other national record was broken by Katikati-based Dion Twiss in the 50m backstroke in the 50-54 year old category. He was first or second in all five events he competed in.

"Dion swam a lot in South Africa when he was growing up, and has got back in the pool about a year ago to get in shape again and has found some seriously good swimming form, so it was great to see him get these results," Ruttersmith said.

Two Katikati women who joined the club this winter had clean sweeps in their events. Elise Westcott (25-29) and Jackie Read (40-44) won all five events they competed in.

"While our men took out the national records, our women won the majority of our medals," Ruttersmith said.

"It's been great to see both our new and established swimmers doing so well."

At the other end of the age spectrum, Sidney Salek, 86, from Tauranga's Durham Light Club won all his six events and broke a national record for 100m breaststroke.

* Information on Katikati Masters contact Leon Ruttersmith on ruttersmith@slingshot.co.nz