Swimmers Break Several Records At Short Course Gala

Cold weather did not dampen the spirits of the swimmers at the second short course gala at the NSA club over the weekend, when a total of nine Namibian and one NASU Short Course Age Group records were broken.

Youth Olympic qualifier, Lushano Lamprecht (NSA), continued his good form and broke the Boys 15-16 50m Butterfly record when he improved the old record of 27.34 with a new time of 27.08.

He also improved the 15-16 50m Freestyle record of 25.21, held by Nicolai Flemming, with a new record time of 24.69.

Teammate Joumlrn Diekmann (NSA) showed he is in the same class when he broke the Boys 17-18 400m Freestyle record, by improving the old record of 4:23.70 by more than 5 seconds to 4:18.36.

Antonia Roth (NSA) put the girls on the map when she improved two records at the gala, one being that of senior swimmer Daniela Lindemeier. Roth broke the Girls 15-16 200m Breaststroke record of 2:44.19 with a new record time of 2:39.13. In the 15-16 100m Backstroke, she managed a 0.01s improvement on the old record time of 1:06.61 to set a new record time of 1:06.60.

Youngster Cornegrave le Roux (Dolphins) will soon be giving the older swimmers a run for their money, as he is improving by leaps and bounds. He again broke 2 records at this meet, to bring his tally to 6 new records for the short course season.

The old record for the Boys 12 amp under 1 500m Freestyle record was smashed by more than a minute when he clocked a new record time of 20:14.25. The old record of 21:29.86 belonged to Lushano Lamprecht.

Le Roux is also becoming a great butterfly swimmer and broke his own short course 100m Butterfly record in the Boys 11-12 category with a new time of 1:11.35. This is an improvement of more than 3 seconds on the previous time of 1:14.42.

Heleni Stergiadis (Dolphins) and training partner Joanne Liebenberg (Dolphins) had a huge tussle in the Girls 12 amp Under 1 500m Freestyle. Liebenberg set a new NASU record of 19:10.95 while Stergiadis broke the Namibian record with a new time of 19:36.04.

Swimmers did exceptionally well and improved most of their times. Disabled swimmer, Caitlin Botha (Dolphins) had excellent swims and improved tremendously in the Girls 17-18 50m Freestyle when she bettered her time of 2:01.49 to a new time of 1:51.55 and in the 100m IM where she improved her time of 4:47.82 to 4:27.66.

13-year-old, Jureck Johannesson (NSA) had a great gala when he improved all of his times. The most significant was the 200m Breaststroke by almost 23 seconds, the 100m Butterfly by 13 seconds and the 100m IM by more than 10 seconds.

Swakopmund Swimming Club was able to host their own SC Gala over the weekend, as starting blocks have been fitted to their pool. This made it possible to combine all the results from Windhoek, Oranjemund and Swakopmund to get a true reflection of places in all events.

Swimmers did exceptionally well and improved most of their times. Many swimmers have already succeeded in making qualifying times for the Level 1, 2 and 3 Galas to be held in March 2015 in South Africa. Coaches were satisfied that swimmers performed well and many personal best times were recorded.

Youth swimmers Zanre Oberholzer, Nicolai Flemming and Sonja Adelaar are currently attending a training camp in Pescara, Italy.

The next NASU SC Gala will be held on the 18th and 19th July 2014 at the NSA pool in Olympia.

Source : The Namibian