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Swimmers splash their stuff at national championship

Swimmers splash their stuff at national championship

Namibia’s best swimmers showed their mettle over the previouis weekend when no less than five new national records were set in long-course age group events and four new records in age group relay races. A total of 545 new personal best event times were improved by the 135 participating swimmers at the Namibian National Swimming Championship.

After the national championship, the Single Best Performance Trophy went to Philip Seidler for his outstanding performance in the 400 meter freestyle event.

New Records:

Bernard van der Walt broke the boys aged 11/12 100m backstroke record in a time of 1:12.57 50.
Mikah Burger broke the boys aged 11/12 50m backstroke record in a time of 33.61,the 200m freestyle record in a time of 2:16.70 and the 50m butterfly record in a time of 29.93
Ronan Wantenaar broke the boys aged 15/16 100m breaststroke record in a time of 1:09.24.

All four new relay records were set by swimmers from Dolphins Swimming Club – Bernard van der Walt, Enrik Von Alvensleben, Jose Canjulo, Mikah Burger, Martin Oosthuizen, Cameron-Jon Delie, Johann Serfontein and Corne Le Roux.

The highest total score was achieved by Philip Seidler with 3607 FINA points. The highest ranking girl was Molina Smalley with 3537 FINA points.

Dolphins was the top performing club, leading with 4682 points at the end of the championship. Second was Namib Swim Academy with a paltry 630 points and Aqua Swimming and Fitness Club with 284 points. All the other clubs scored less than 200 points.

The Junior Victrix Ludorum is Heleni Stergiadis, the Junior Victor Ludorum is Mikah Burger, the Senior Victrix Ludorum is Molina Smalley, and the Senior Victor Ludorum, Philip Seidler.

Pictured are in the No 1 position on the podium, Corne Le Roux, Lars Borg and Arthur Loftie-Eaton, on the No 2 position, Martin Oosthuizen, Ashraf Hishamudin, Matthias Lichtenberg and Heinrich Burger, on the No 3 position, Tia Kaumunika, Mbeurora Kaumunika, Joshua Cleghorn and Dumilde Pambo.

The Namibian National Swimming Championship is sponsored by Bank Windhoek.

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