Swimming Night League Kicks Off

The first Namibia Night League Swimming Gala on 20 May was a resounding success with a total of five individual and two relay short course records being established.

Bernard van der Walt of Dolphins set two new NASU records in the Boys 10-year-old category.

In the 50m freestyle, he smashed the old record of 32,16 with a new time of 30,32 seconds, while he also equalled the 50m breaststroke record of 42,37.

Sonja Adelaar of Namib Swimming Academy set a new Namibian 50m breaststroke record for Girls 16 and under with a time of 34,46 seconds, which just pipped the old mark of 34,60.

In the Boys 16-year-old 50m freestyle, Ruhan Boshoff of Swakopmund broke the old Namibian record of 24,47 with a new mark of 24,69.

In the Boys 9-year-old 50m breaststroke, Enrik von Alvensleben of Dolphins broke the old Namibian record of 43,14 seconds with a new time of 43,09.

In the Girls 12-years-and-under 200m Medley Relay, the Dolphins A team of Heleni Stergiadis, Viktoria Ellmies, Joanne Liebenberg and Tiana Esslinger broke the old NASU record of 2:39,27 with a new mark of 2:26,07.

In the Girls 13 and over 200m Medley Relay, the NSA A team of Zanre Oberholzer, Kiara Schatz, Daniela Lindemeier and Sonja Adelaar broke the old Namibian record of 2:08,44 with a new mark of 2:02,27.

The Night League Series was initiated and sponsored by Alex and Sonja Skinner as well as the Namibian High Performance Centre (NHPC) with the aim of providing more competition for Namibia’s swimmers.

“We want to breathe some fresh air into swimming Namibia and the aim of the league is to reinvestment in short course swimming for our junior swimmers. We’d like to create a fun and relaxed yet competitive environment for both the swimmers and the spectators. This gives the junior swimmers the opportunity to stay fit throughout the winter while also having fun,” Ciske Smith of the NHPC said.

The next Namibia Night League Gala will take place at the NSA indoor pool on 17 June.

Source : The Namibian