Gala attracts scores

15 April 2019 | Sports

A total of 180 swimmers participated in the fifth Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala and the Aqua Pentathlon that took place at the Olympia pool in Windhoek last weekend.

Hosted by the Namibia Swimming Union (NASU), the gala saw 81 swimmers participate in 285 events, while the Aqua Pentathlon had 99 swimmers in 406 events. Although there were no records broken, many swimmers improved their personal best times.

Despite the cold both in and out of the water, swimmers were ready and prepared to compete. Top swimmers for the day were Ryan Steyn, Ariana Naukosho, Oliver Durand, Maya Stange, Mikah Burger, Joanne Liebenberg, Martin Oosthuizen and Matthew Gertze.

Steyn won the boys 8 and under age groups in 50 metre (m) breaststroke, freestyle and backstroke, while Naukosho dominated the girls’ 11 to 12 age group as she comfortably won the 50m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 50m backstroke. Durand put in outstanding swims, which saw him win the boys’ 11 to 12 age group’s 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 50m backstroke.

Stange won the girls’ 13 to 14 age group’s 50m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, while Burger won the boys age group’s 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Liebenberg won the firls’ 15 to 16 age group’s 50m breaststroke, 200m butterfly and 50m backstroke. Oosthuizen dominated the boys’ categories’ 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Gertze also put in great swims as he won the boys’ 17 to 18 age group’s 50m breaststroke, 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke.


For the Aqua Pentathlon, swimmers are required to swim all five strokes: 100 m each of backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and a 200 individual medley. The fastest accumulated times for the five events per swimmer determined the winner of each age group.

Ronan Wantenaar was announced as Senior Victor Ludorum ahead of Jose Canjulo and Mikah Burger in second and third place, while Hannah Murphy was Senior Victrix Ludorum, followed by Viktoria Ellmies and Tiana Esslinger coming in second and third place.

Ryan Steyn won the title of Junior Victor Ludorum ahead ofEliphas Nakalele and Quinn Ellis, while Jessica Humphrey won the Junior Victrix Ludorum title followed by Lilia Ellis and Ariana Naukosho and Alexandra Kapapa who shared the third spot.

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