Namibian swimmers set a total of 13 national age group records at the South Africa Level 3 Gala which took place in Port Elizabeth from March 16 to 20.
Competing against South Africa’s top age group swimmers, the Namibian team of 11 swimmers set 13 records and achieved two medals.
The 13-year-old Zanre Oberholzer was Namibia’s only medallist, winning two bronze medals in the Women’s 13-14 age group category.
She set a total of six records in the heats and the finals.
Her best performance came in the 200m backstroke where she set a new age group as well as Open record of 2:28,67. The previous Namibian Open record of 2:29,90 was set by Jonay Briedenhann in 2005.
In the 50m backstroke she set a new Namibian age group record of 32,33 seconds and in the 100m backstroke she set an age group record of 1:09,78.
Kiara Schatz established three record in the Women’s 12 and Under category.
In the 100m backstroke she came fifth in a record of 1:13,03 and in the 200m freestyle she came fourth in 2:18,25.
JP Engelbrecht broke two Namibian records in the Men’s 17-18 year age group category.
He set a new 100m freestyle record of 53,68 as well as a new 50m freestyle record of 24,55 seconds.
Toni Roth set a new record of 1:10,77 in the Women’s 13-14 year 100m backstroke category, while Kari van der Vaart set a new 200m backstroke record of 2:28,81 in the Women’s 17-18 year age group category.
JP Engelbrecht was Namibia’s top performer according to FINA points, as he obtained 667 FINA points for his 100m freestyle time of 53,68.
Engelbrecht also obtained 617 FINA points with his 50m freestyle time of 24,55 seconds.
Kari van der Vaart obtained 615 FINA points for her 100m freestyle time of 1:01,22 and 613 FINA points for her 200m freestyle time of 2:12,96.
Namibia’s results and FINA points are attached.
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