Guest Contributor | Feb 20, 2024 | 0
Swimmers break records in long course gala
The previous record set in 2006, was held by Christine Briedenhann with a time of 21 minutes and 24.20 seconds.
Heleni has improved in leaps and bounds with each gala and she has broken several short course and long course records this season, including Briedenhann’s record in the 200m individual medley, which she first broke at the gala event held in Tsumeb, on 12 October 2013.
The best overall swim of the gala, according to FINA points, went to 14 year old Zanre Oberholzer, of Namib Swimming Academy, in the 200m Backstroke event, with a time of 2:21.31. Zanre scored 689 points. Daniela Lindemeier (21), also of Namib Swimming Academy, had the second best overall swim of the gala, for her effort in the 100m Breaststroke with 686 points in a time of 1:13.06.
She also took the 3rd place on the list in the 50m Breaststroke with 681 FINA points in a time of 33.86 seconds.
The best swim for the men overall was Quinton Delie (21), of Dolphins Swimming Club, with 621FINA points for his effort in the 100m Freestyle, while the best junior swim went to 12 year old Zune Weber, of Namib Swimming Academy, with 506 FINA points in the 50m Freestyle.
FINA points are used as qualifying criteria for Namibian swimming teams for all international galas.
A total of 133 swimmers entered for this last opportunity to qualify for the Bank Windhoek Namibian Championships which will be taking place at the end of November, at the Olympia swimming pool, in Windhoek.
This gala also served as a preparation for the team which will be participating in the African Junior Championships, in Lusaka, beginning of December. The team members are Zanre Oberholzer, Toni Roth, Sonja Adelaar, Molina Smalley, Kiara Schatz, Nicolai Flemming, Lushano Lamprecht and Alexander Skinner. The team will depart on 25 November and will return on 2 December.