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Wantenaar & Stergiadis scoop gold at swimming Championships

Wantenaar & Stergiadis scoop gold at swimming Championships

Wantenaar & Stergiadis scoop gold at swimming Championships
Winners: from left to right, Mikah Burger and Ariana Naukosho  flanked by Ronan Wantenaar and Heleni Stergiadis. Photo: Contributed

Staff reporter

THE recently ended Bank Windhoek Long Course National Championships saw Ronan Wantenaar and Heleni Stergiadis crowned with the Senior Victor and Victrix Ludorum trophies, respectively, at the end of a four-day event.

The competition, which was hosted by the Namibia Swimming Union (NASU), saw 177 swimmers racing for top honours in 98 events at the Olympia Swimming Pool in Windhoek.

The Namibian Swimming Academy’s (NSA) Wantenaar recorded 3532 Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) points, while Dolphins’ Stergiadis logged 3451 FINA points.

Wantenaar also won the Single Best Performance Trophy after he recorded the highest FINA points in one single event during the championships. He received 603 FINA points for the Men’s 17 and Over 100 metre Freestyle in a time of 55.60seconds.

“I just finished swimming in another competition before this championship. The physical and mental demand in this sport is huge and one needs to train and work harder. I am happy for the reward. Thank you to Bank Windhoek, my trainer, parents and everyone that supports us,” said Wantenaar.

Stergiadis, who scooped up her second Senior Victrix Ludorum, echoed Wantenaar’s gratitude.

“I am thrilled for this and to swim for the Dolphins. I am proud of what we have achieved together. Thank you to Bank Windhoek, my parents, my team and everyone for their tremendous support,” said Stergiadis.

Below is the full list of Ludorum Winners:

José Canjulo broke the men’s under 13-14 200m Individual Medley (IM) in a time of 2:20:78, which overcame Mikah Burger’s record of 02:21:53 set in 2018. Lilia Ellis, Emma Brinkmann, Ainoa Naukosho and Vitoria de Sousa from Dolphins A team, broke the Girls 8 and Under 200m Freestyle Relay record in a time of 2:54.87. The previous record stood for three years.

Mikah Burger, Jose Canjulo, Christopher de Jager and Brave Magongo from NSA smashed the Boys under 13-14 200m Freestyle Relay record in a time of 1:49.55.  The previous record was set five years ago.

The same team also broke the Boys 13-14 200m Medley Relay record in a time of 2:01.23.  The previous record was set in 2018. Dolphins’ A team swimmers Quinn Ellis, Roche Brand, Oliver Durand and Henry Grant, broke the Boys 11-12 200m Medley Relay record in a time of 2:23.35.  The previous record was set in 2009

Another Dolphins A team, comprising André and Jurie Badenhorst, Naan Jiao and Ryan Steyn, broke the Boys 8 and Under 200m Freestyle Relay record in a time of 2:47.06.  The previous record was set in 1986.

Swimmers from seven different clubs took part: four from Windhoek, one from Oranjemund and two from Swakopmund.  The team trophy went to Dolphins Swimming club with 3858.50 points.

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