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Long Course Swimming Gala event this weekend

Lourencia Samakoupa, one of the young swimmers who will take part in the Bank Windhoek Long Course Swimming Gala on Saturday in Tsumeb.

Lourencia Samakoupa, one of the young swimmers who will take part in the Bank Windhoek Long Course Swimming Gala on Saturday in Tsumeb.

The Bank Windhoek Long Course Swimming season starts this weekend when seventy-four (74) Namibian swimmers will compete in the first Bank Windhoek Long Course Swimming Gala event in Tsumeb.
The long course swimming season is divided into five long course gala events as well as the Namibia Long Course National Championships end of November.
On Saturday, twenty six events will take place during two sessions in the eight lane pool at Kupferquelle. The first session will start at 08h30 with 14 events, while the second session will start at 15h00 with 12 events.
The events will vary from long distance (800m freestyle) swimming to 50m sprints.
This includes, 800m freestyle, 400m freestyle and individual medley, 200m individual medley, 200m freestyle and backstroke, 100m breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, 50m butterfly, freestyle and breaststroke.
Three swimming clubs will participate in this event, namely Tsumeb Swimming Club with nine swimmers, Dolphins Swimming Club with 46 swimmers and Namib Swimming Academy (NSA) with 19 swimmers. Overall, 103 heats will be swum with 718 individual entries.
Saturday’s gala will also give swimmers the opportunity to prepare for the CANA African Junior Swimming Championships to be held at the end of November 2013 in Lusaka, Zambia.
This event also serves as a qualifying event for the Youth Olympic Games to be held in August 2014 in Nanjing, China.
Sixteen year old Caitlin Botha will participate under the Multi-disability category, where she is categorised as S-6 for the freestyle, backstroke and butterfly and as SB-5 for the breaststroke.
Caitlin has been swimming for the last year in various swimming competitions in Namibia and South-Africa.
Other swimmers to look out for are Zanrè Oberholzer from NSA who participated in the 15th FINA World Championships that was held in Barcelona in July 2013, Molina Smalley from Dolphins Swimming Club and Lushano Lamprecht from NSA who participated in the 4th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in August 2013.

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