The Nation (Nairobi)

21 March 2001

Kenya: 40 Swimmers to Compete in Zambia

Forty swimmers from the Nairobi Amateur Swimming Association (NASA) leave for Lusaka, Zambia on Friday at the invitation of the Zambia Amateur Swimming Union.

Two coaches, Lydia Kisio and Job Kanya, will accompany the swimmers with Pallavi Gudka as the team manager.

The NASA team to the Telkom Africa Swimming Challenge in Newcastle, South Africa won two silver medals and a bronze and finished 25th out of 101 teams.

Other countries represented at the competition were Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia and Mozambique.

Debbie Donde, aged 12 years, won a silver in the girls' 100m butterfly and Charlene Ngoka, 12, the second silver in the girls' 50m back-stroke.

The bronze was won by Victoria Chepkonga in the girls' 100m freestyle.

Kanyali Ilako, 10, reached the final in the girls' 50m and 100m breaststroke.

Khan Key also reached the boys' 50m and 100m butterfly finals while Naman Shah was in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke finals.

Five swimmers - Carmen Thompson, Jinal Shah, Whitney Pragassa, Chan Key and Shivani Patel - improved their personal best times.

Squad: Sonja Schroeder, David Francis Seifert (German School), Deep Rohit Shah, Ritesh Shah (Otters), Yuma Yamashita (Japanese School), Hinal Shah (Oshwal Jain Primary School), Sagar Shah (Imani), Dai Kawabe (Japanese School), Hema Bid, Drupa Bid , Sheel Patel (Premier Academy), Nilima Shah (Visa Oshwal Girls), Chris Jones, Ruchir Bhatt (Premier Academy), Kavita Shah (Visa Oshwal Girls), Sawan Shah (Imani), Afshin Ghaffir (Premier Academy), Angela Ambunya, Zembi Odera, Adelaide Onyango, Immaculate Magadi, Judy Achieng, Risper Gacheru, Sharon Mwakungu (Loreto Convent Valley Road), Rishul Shah (Oshwal Jain Primary), Frederick Leslie Dawes, Georgine Louise Taylor, Natasha Amy Dawes (Peponi), Kush Shah, Kavit Shah (Oshwal Jain Primary), Naieem Manji (Aga Khan Junior Academy), Hanika Patel (Imani), Sonam Shantilal (Oshwal Jain Primary), Yatri K. Shah (Imani), Winfred Magadi, Rosehilda Kamanga (LCVR), Nikisha Chandaran (Premier Academy) and T. Karstad (Hillcrest).

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