Long course year comes to a close

19 November 2019 | Sports

Last weekend, the last Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala for the year took place at the Western Suburbs Municipal Pool in Windhoek.
Hosted by Dolphins Swimming Club, the competition between clubs or groups of swimmers, especially the youth, saw contestants from Aqua Swimming Club, Dolphins Swimming Club, Marlins Aquatic Club and Phoenix Swimming Academy, compete in 839 events.
Swakopmund and Oranjemund held their events in their respective towns, with results from all three events combined to determine the final outcomes.
The Namibia Swimming Union’s executive committee member Nicky McNamara said that Windhoek had 127, while Swakopmund and Oranjemund recorded 17 and 23 swimmers respectively who battled it out for top honours over the two-day event. “We also saw five records broken – four of these were in the 25 years and older category.”
She said that despite the swimmers being tired due to a tough season and exams, swimmers were focused on the task at hand as they gave it their all throughout the events. “We wish all our swimmers and their families a restive festive season. Thank you Bank Windhoek for making the 2019 season a remarkable one,” McNamara said.
The Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala resumes at the end of January 2020.

Individual records:
Women 25 years and older 200m breaststroke
Dolphin’s Lena Brinkmann set a new record of 3:37.16 seconds, which overtook Sunel Badenhorst’s 3:41.88 record achieved at the Confédération Africaine de Natation’s (CANA) Zone IV record set earlier this year.

Women 25 years and older 400m individual medley
Dolphins’ Sunel Badenhorst broke her own 7:28.95 record which she set in 2018. The record now stands at 7:24.72.

Men 13 to 14 years 50m breaststroke
Marlins Aquatic Club’s Jose Canjulo broke his 31.78 record that was set at the South African Junior Championships in a time of 30.91 seconds.

Men 25 years and older 400m freestyle
Dolphins’ Jan Louis Mostert surpassed Marlin’s Wynand Dreyer’s 5:57.86 record with 5:41.86.

Men 25 years and older 100m backstroke
Dolphins’ Adriaan Maritz registered a new record of 1:19.76. The previous record was held by Dentie Louw who set a CANA Zone IV record of 1:20.44.

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