Liebenberg, Stergiadis Break 1 500m Record

JOANNE Liebenberg and Heleni Stergiadis of Dolphins Swimming Club set the only two records at the fourth Bank Windhoek Long Course Swimming Gala at the Olympia municipal pool in Windhoek over the weekend.

Both records came in the Girls’ 12 & under 1 500m freestyle event, where both swimmers broke Stergiadis’ previous record of 20:29,02.

Liebenberg improved upon that time by 32 seconds to set a new NASU record for foreign swimmers of 19:57,64, while Stergiadis, who came second in 20:21,14, set a new Namibian record.

The gala started on Friday afternoon in pouring rain and continued on Saturday morning.

Swimmers are in training for upcoming galas in South Africa and not many records were expected, but despite the adverse weather conditions several personal best times were produced.

Jade Coury of the Namibia Swimming Academy (NSA) managed to swim Level 2 qualifying times on Friday for the 100m Breaststroke and the 50m Butterfly events. Other girls that stood out with new personal best times were Carmen Diekmann (NSA), Viktoria Elmies (Dolphins), Megan Jansen van Vuuren (Dolphins), Nanaya Joseph (NSA), Lucia Lass Drews (Dolphins), Alexandra Dauth (Dolphins) and Erne Dauth (Dolphins).

The boys also had a great gala with Lars Fischer (Dolphins), Tristan Feldmann (Dolphins), Armand Hagen (Dolphins), Mbeurora Kaumanika (NSA), Jureck Johannesson (NSA), Heinrich le Roux (Dolphins), Fiano Feris (NSA), Heinrich Burger (NSA), Jodave Cioccolanti (Dolphins) Tia Kaumanika (NSA) and Hendrik Vermeulen (Swakopmund) having excellent swims.

“The Namibia Swimming Union would like to wish all swimmers competing in South Africa during March, all the best of luck and fast waters. We would also like to thank all officials for their hard work during the season thus far,” said Angelika Diekmann, general secretary of the Namibia Swimming Union.

The fifth and final Bank Windhoek Long Course gala will be held on 28 and 29 March at the Olympia municipal swimming pool.