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Three Records Broken


Sarah Tibazarwa of Aqua Swimming Club in action at the first long course gala of the season. Photo: Helge Schütz
Three relay records were broken at the first Bank Windhoek long course gala of the season which took place at the Olympia Swimming Pool over the weekend. In the mixed 17-18 year 400m medley relay the Dolphins Swimming Club team of Heleni Stergiadis, Arkell Wellmann, Marco Henning and Viktoria Ellmies broke the previous record of four minutes 45,84 seconds by more than six seconds with a new time of 4:39,04. 

In the mixed 9-10 400m medley relay, the Dolphins team of Ainoa Naukosho, Ernst Jansen, Naan Jiao and Milan Prinsloo also broke the previous record of 6:15,75 by a bit more than six seconds with a new time of 6:09,36. 

The best performance, however, came in the mixed 11-12 year 400m medley relay where the Dolphins team of Maya Brinkmann, Fourie Steyn, Aleka Spath and Liam Kinniard broke the previous record of 5:42,71 by more than 20 seconds with a new time of 5:22,08. A bit more than 100 swimmers from three clubs - Dolphins, Aqua Swimming Club and Marlins Aquatic Club competed in a total of 733 events at the gala. 

The Namibia Swimming Union got permission from the Namibia Sports Commission to host the gala under Covid-19 rules and regulations. No spectators were allowed (only under 9 parents and newly registered swimmers), while all swimmers were registered at the entrance and sanitised throughout the event.   The scarcity of records could be ascribed to the cold water, with the temperature at 20 degrees, while the Olympia 50m pool only opened last week. 

The swimmers are not used to the 50m pool as they have been training in a 25m pool. Jose Canjulo of Aqua Swimming Club produced the best performances in terms of international Fina points. In the boys 15-16 category he obtained 609 points for winning the 50m backstroke in a time of 28,31 seconds, and 600 Fina points for winning the 100m freestyle in 55,61 seconds. 

In the girls 17-18 year category, Heleni Stergiadis of Dolphins obtained 597 Fina points for her time of 2:29,73 in the 200m individual medley, and 574 Fina points for her time of 4:44,47 in the 400m freestyle. 

In the women's open category, Molina Smalley of Dolphins obtained 580 Fina points for her time of 2:31,20 in the 200m individual medley, and 574 Fina points for her time of 1:02,22 in the 100m freestyle. Viktoria Ellmies of Dolphins obtained 563 Fina points for her time of 1:02,62 in the girls 17-18 year 100m freestyle. The next long course gala is scheduled to take place on 6 and 7 November.
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