Records fall at BW Gala

February 2, 2016, 9:13am

Three age group records were broken at the Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala 4 which took place at the Olympia pool this weekend.

Alexander Skinner (Dolphins) broke the longstanding record of Heiko Horn in the 200m Freestyle in the age group 17-18. The previous record time as 1:59.10 and was improved to a time of 1:58.63. This performance also earned Alexander a first place on the weekend’s FINA list with 635 points. He also had the second best performance on the FINA points list 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 old record time as 33.05s and the new record time 33.00s.

Daniela Lindemeier (NSA) earned herself a third place on the FINA list for her 50m Breaststroke with 613 points and Armin Oberholster (Dolphins)

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 improvers were Curtis Slinger, Tristan Feldman, Lars Fischer, Corne le Roux (all Dolphins) and Leandro Roux (NSA).

A total of 113 swimmers participated on Friday and 102 on Saturday. This was the last gala that swimmers were able to qualify for the Namibia National Championships which will be held from the 25-28 February and the Level galas in South Africa.