Records sink at LC gala

05 February 2020 | Sports

The first Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala – the third for the season – took place at the Olympia Municipal Pool in Windhoek last weekend.
Despite a month-long break, swimmers put in great performances and broke six individual records: one from the women’s and five from the men’s events.
Cheryl Young broke the Women’s 45 and over 50 Butterfly (FL) record in a time of 38.80, which erased Zoe Mitchell’s record of 46.15 set in 2019. In the Boys 8 and under 200 Individual Medley (IM), Andre Badenhorst recorded a time of 3:21.33, which toppled Ryan Steyn’s 3:24.99 time recorded last year.
Jan Louis Mostert pushed himself to the limit as he broke the Men’s 25 to 44 years 800m Freestyle (FR) event in 12:03.94. As a result, Mostert broke the record he set in 2019, which stood at 12:19.52. He went on to break three more records in his age group: The 1 500m FR in 23:05.48, bettering Wynand Dreyer’s time of 23:51.75 set in 2018; the 200m FL in 3:14.18, breaking Adriaan Maritz’s 3:36.86 set in 2019; and the 400m IM in 6:32.54. The previous record stood at 6:52.76 and was set by Maritz last year.
Hosted by the Namibia Swimming Union (NASU), the Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala saw 134 competitors (62 male and 72 female swimmers) between 6 and 60 years old representing Aqua Swimming and Fitness Club, Dolphins Swimming Club, Marlins Swimming Club, and Phoenix Swimming Academy.
According to NASU’s executive committee member Nicky McNamara, the Long Course Gala was a huge success. “Thank you to Bank Windhoek for making this possible. To our Namibian swimmers, we wish you the best as you prepare for upcoming competitions, which we anticipate to be more competitive than before.”
The next event is the Bank Windhoek Namibian National Long Course Championships, taking place from 27 February to 1 March 2020.

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