Twenty medals at SA Champs

Rudi Bowe

Top junior Namibian swimmers won five gold, nine silver, six bronze and set 16 new Namibian records at the South African Junior National Championships held in Durban.

The Namibian team of 12 swimmers were tenth overall from 126 swimmers from Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and clubs in South Africa.
Jose Canjulo won four gold and five silver medals in the boy’s 13-14 age group category, while he set four new Namibian records in the 400m freestyle in a time 4:19, 73, 200m backstroke with a time of 2:14,74. 50m freestyle with a time of 25,73 seconds, 100m butterfly in 1:00,85, 100m backstroke in a time of 1:03,18,50m breaststroke in 31,78, 400m individual medley in 4:54,35,50m butterfly in 27,73 and 200m individual medley in 2:14,67. Mi-kah Burger competed in the boys 13-14 year age group and won one gold, three silver and two bronze medals. He also set four new Namibian records. He won gold in the 100m butterfly in a new Namibian record time of 1:00,11. He also won silver in the 50m backstroke in 28,82 seconds and 200m individual medley in 2:16,72, with the last two also new Namibian records. He further won the 200m butterfly in 2:17,01, and the 100m backstroke (1:03,12) as well as the 50m butterfly (27,77). His fourth Namibian record was in the 400m individual medley as he came forth in a time of 4:59,95.
Ronan Wantenaar won one silver and four bronze medals in the Boys 17-18 year category, and broke six Namibian records the 50m backstroke in 27,03 seconds, bronze in the 200m individual medley in 2:08,04 and the 200m breaststroke in 2:21,85, two bronze medals in the 50m breaststroke in 29,52 and the 100m breaststroke in 1:05,23. Martin Oosthuizen set a new Namibian record in the boys 15-16 year 400m individual medley in a time of 4:55,26. , Heleni Stergiadis reached the finals of all her events and narrowly missed out on bronze medals in the 200m individual medley and 100m butterfly events in the girls 16 year category with first-time qualifier Quinn Ellis reached seven finals and narrowly missed out on bronze in the 50m freestyle in the boys 12 and under age group, Corne le Roux (16) and Tiana Esslinger (15) qualified for the FINA Junior World Championships, with Le Roux setting a time of 2:00,83 in the 200m freestyle and Esslinger a personal best time of 2:25,93 in the 200m backstroke.
All 12 swimmers qualifying for finals, with some just missing bronze medals by split seconds. The final gala of the Namibian long course season as well as the Aqua pentathlon will be held at the Olympia Swimming Pool on 5 and 6 April.

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