Swimmers Excel At SA National Champs

Namibia’s elite swimmers did their country proud when they produced the best performance of a Namibian team in recent years at the South African Swimming Championships which recently took place in Durban.

The team managed to qualify for six Open finals and eight Open semi-finals, while it won one Open bronze medal, one Youth Elite silver medal, six Youth silver medals and one Youth Bronze medal.

In the process the team of ten swimmers broke five Namibian Open and six Age group records.

Daniela Lindemeier led the way when she qualified for the final of the Women’s Open 50m breaststroke event, where she finished third to claim the bronze medal.

Lindemeier reached the 200m breaststroke final where she came seventh and shattered her own national record by more than three seconds with a new time of 2:33:83.

She also qualified for the 100m breaststroke final where she once again came seventh, in a new record time of 1:11:43.

Zanre Oberholzer qualified for three finals in the Women’s Open backstroke events,

finishing ninth in the 50m and ninth in the 100m, but she withdrew from the 200m final.

Oberholzer also won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke Elite Youth category.

Sonja Adelaar won five silver medals in the Youth category, while she also broke two Namibian Open and three Age group records.

She won Youth silver medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly, and 200m individual medley.

She set a national Age Group record in the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:05,30, and Age Group as well as Open records in the 50m butterfly (28,99) and the 200m freestyle (2:09,98).

Adelaar also reached the B qualifying time for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August in the 50m butterfly event.

Nicolai Flemming broke two national Age Group records in the 15-16 year category. In the 100m freestyle he broke his own record with a new time of 54,69 seconds and in the 200m freestyle he broke Quinton Delie’s record with a new time of 2:00,47.

Lushano Lamprecht set a new 1516 Year Age Group as well as Open record with a time of 1:00,20 in the men’s 100m backstroke event.

He also equalled his Namibian Age Group and Open record time of 2:09,03 in the 200m backstroke.

Both Lamprecht and Flemming recorded B qualifying times for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing with their swims in the Men’s 200m backstroke.

In the Men’s 100m butterfly, Nicolaas Deacon and Joumlrn Diekmann shared the event with Chad Le Clos and gave admirable performances with Deacon winning a bronze medal in the Youth Category.

Molina Smalley, who had returned from Plymouth in the United Kingdom, where she is swimming in the same team as Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte, won a Youth category bronze medal in the 400 Individual Medley and recorded a personal best time in the 50m freestyle.

Toni Roth set a personal best time in the women’s 400m IM that placed her 12th overall, while she finished 19th and 23rd overall in the 50m and 200m backstroke events respectively.

Boris Kulikowski recorded a personal best time in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley.

Coach Ryan Skinner was happy with the performances and noted that the event must be ranked as one of the most successful yet for Namibian swimming.

Source : The Namibian