14 Records At First Short Course Gala

A total of 14 Namibian national short course age group and two NASU short course age group records were broken at the first NASU short course gala held at Dolphins in Windhoek last weekend.

The 11-year-old Heleni Stergiadis started the new season off with some excellent performances in the Girls 12 amp Under category.

She broke five records in the 400m Individual Medley, the 200m, 400m and 800m Freestyle events, and in the 200m Butterfly event.

The 12-year-old Corneacute le Roux was not far behind, as he established four national short course records in the Boys 12 amp Under category.

Le Roux smashed the 200m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and the 400m Individual Medley records.

The brother and sister team of Reneacute (11) and Corley (8) Viljoen also broke four Namibian national records.

Reneacute improved the Boys 11-12 year old records for the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Butterfly, while Corley broke the Girls 8 amp under 50m Breaststroke record as well as the 200m Individual Medley record.

The eight-year-old Enrik von Alvensleben broke the Namibian national record for Boys 8 amp under in the 200m Individual Medley.

Joanne Liebenberg swam exceptionally well, but as a non-Namibian citizen could not come into contention for Namibian records. She however was rewarded with two NASU records for Girls 12 amp under in the 400m and 800m Freestyle events.

All the above mentioned swimmers belong to the Dolphins Swimming Club.

A total of 120 swimmers from Dolphins, Namib Swimming Academy and Swakopmund taking part in the gala which was held over two days.

Many swimmers already succeeded in making qualifying times for the Level 1, 2 and 3 Galas to be held in March 2015 in South Africa. Club coaches were satisfied that swimmers performed well and many personal best times were recorded.

Youth swimmers Zanre Oberholzer, Lushano Lamprecht, Alexander Skinner, Antonia Roth, Nicolai Flemming, Sonja Adelaar and Kiara Schatz did not compete as they were representing Namibia at the African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana.

The next NASU Short Course Gala will be held on 20 and 21 June at the NSA pool in Olympia.

Source : The Namibian