Records shattered at swimming gala
Heleni broke her own under 12 record, when she improved her old record of 10:45.36 with more than 24 seconds with a new record time of 10:20.75. She went on to improve the last event of the day, Girls 12 and under 400m Individual Medley, with a new time of 5:41.00. The old record of 5:51.54 also belonged to Heleni.
Corné le Roux showed that he is an excellent butterfly swimmer when he broke the long standing Boys 11/12 100m Butterfly record of Ricardo Eerenstein of 1:11.77 with a new record of 1:11.48. Corné also started off the gala with a good swim in the 800m Freestyle when he broke the record of 19:35.16, with a new time of 19:29.53.
Joanne Liebenberg, who is a South African citizen, broke her own Namibia Swimming Union (NASU) record of 10:31.08 for the 800m Freestyle, with a new time of 10:20.46.
Philip Seidler (16) of Dolphins had the best swim of the day when he scored 590 Fina Points for his effort in the 400m Freestyle, with a time of 4:22.26. Nicolai Flemming (NSA) also 16, runner up for the men, swam a time of 56.75 for the 100m Freestyle, which earned him 564 points.
Third on the Fina list was 15 year old Kiara Schatz (NSA) with her 100m Freestyle time of 1:03.01. This also earned her 564 points. Fourth on the list was Nicolai Flemming for the 50m Backstroke with 563 points. Thirteen year old Zuné Weber (NSA) swam a time of 1:03.20 (just 0.19 seconds behind Kiara Schatz) for a well-earned fifth place on the Fina list with 559 points, for her effort in the 100m Freestyle. Ronan Wantenaar (NSA), Tiana Esslinger (Dolphins), Mikah Burger (Dolphins) and Corley Viljoen (Dolphins) also produced impressive swims.
Rentia Meyer, Press Secretary of NASU said, “NASU would once again like to thank our sponsor, Bank Windhoek for their continued support. We would also like to thank all officials for their part in making a success of all galas in 2014. Good luck to all our swimmers at FINA World SC Championships and to the swimmers of the African Region 5 competition.”