Gala season off to a great start

03 February 2019 | Sports

The fourth session in the Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala for 2018/2019 began in the capital last weekend, with most of the swimmers managing to improve their seed times.

The most significant improvement was from Heleni Stergiadis of Dolphins Swimming Club who improved in the girls 800m in the u.15 - 16 year category by approximately 15 seconds. She also received the most FINA points (589) for the girls 200m freestyle event in the same age group.

Swimmers who achieved four or more first place results were Jessica Humphrey (4), Eliphas Nakaleke (5), Oliver Durand (4), Brave Magongo (5), Ariana Naukosho (10), Jose Canjulo (4), Trisha Mutumbulua (8), Matthew Gertze (4), Heleni Stergiadis (7), Vicky Botha (7) and Bjorn Prollius (5).

In addition, 11 swimmers over the age of 25 (six ladies and five men) competed.

“The Namibian Swimming Union (NASU) encourages adult swimmers to compete in future galas. The aim is to encourage swimming as a sport well beyond school years and to promote it as part of a healthy adult lifestyle,” said NASU spokesperson, Nicky McNamara.

“The gala was a huge success and we look forward to the National Long Course Championships taking place from 21 to 24 February in Windhoek.”

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