Records shattered at Swimming Gala
The Bank Windhoek long course gala has canned new record improvements despite it being the first gala for the year.
The gala took place last week at the Olympia Municipal Swimming pool, with a total of 113 swimmers participating on Friday, while 102 participated on Saturday. This was also the last competition at which swimmers were able to qualify for the Namibian National Championships, set to take place from 25 to 28 this month and the Level galas in South Africa.
Young talented swimmer, Alexander Skinner (Dolphins), broke the longstanding record of Heiko Horn in the 200m Freestyle in the age group 17-18. The previous record time was1:59.10 and was improved to a time of 1:58.63. Skinner’s performance earned him first place on the weekend’s International Swimming Federation (FINA) list, with 635 points. He also had the second best performance on the FINA points of 632 in the 50m Freestyle with a time of 24.36s.
Philip Seidler (Dolphins) improved the 800m Freestyle record of Quinton Delie, also in the age group 17-18. The old record time was 9:11.10 and the new time of Philip 9:00.19. Philip earned a 5th place on the FINA list with 586 points.
Junior swimmer Ronan Wantenaar from the Namib Swimming Academy (NSA) impressed when he broke the 50m Breaststroke record of Abraham Louw, established in 2007, in the age group 13-14. The previous record time is recoded as 33.05s while the new record time is set to 33.00s
Also, from the Namib swimming academy, Daniela Lindemeier, earned herself a third place on the FINA list for her 50m Breaststroke with 613 points.
This gala delivered some good swims and many swimmers improved on their personal best times. Caitlin Botha (Dolphins) swam 6 events with a great improvement of 15.96s in the 200m Individual Medley event. Some of the other huge performers were Leandro Roux, from the swimming academy, while those from the Dolphins included Curtis Slinger, Tristan Feldman, Lars Fischer, and Corne le Roux.