NAMIBIA’S top swimmers will be in action this weekend when the national swimming championships take place from tomorrow till Sunday at the Olympia pool.
The national championships normally took place at the end of January, but the Namibia Swimming Union has brought it forward due to several reasons according to spokesman Riaan Lamprecht.
“In the past we struggled to get some of our top swimmers from South Africa to compete here due to their studies, but at this time of the year they have normally completed their studies. Our swimmers’ fitness levels are also higher at this time of the year than after the festive season,” he said.
Two of Namibia’s top swimmers in South Africa, Quinton Delie and Daniela Lindemeier, who are both attached to the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, will be in action as they prepare for the FINA short-course swimming world championships next month.
They will represent Namibia along with Christine Briedenhann and JP Engelbrecht at the championships which take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from December 12 to 16.
The senior men’s category should see some exciting duels, where other top swimmers like Boris Kulikowski and Nic Deacon – also from the Pretoria High Performance Centre, Florian Hentzen, Christiaan Lamprecht and Macquelin Winkler will be in action.
The women’s 13/14 year age group is a particularly strong category and should see some strong competition. Swimmers like Kiara Schatz, Kiah Borg, Zanri Oberholzer, Molley Smalley and Sonja Adelaar have all excelled over the past year.
The national championships will also serve as final preparation for a 15-member Namibian team that will compete in the Zone 6 Youth Championships in Zambia next month.
The team consists of:
Men - JP Engelbrecht, Florian Hentzen, Christiaan Lamprecht, Macquelin Winkler, JP Burger, Lushano Lamprecht and Boris Kulikowski.
Women - Christine Briedenhann, Godiva Beukes, Kiah Borg, Kiara Schatz, Zandre Oberholzer, Toni Roth, Sonja Adelaar and Micaela Cloete.
Lamprecht said he did not expect any records to be broken.
“The conditions are not very conducive to records. The water is still cold, while the chances of rain are good,” he said.
The national championships start at 17h00 tomorrow evening and will continue with the second session at 15h00 on Friday.
The third and fourth sessions take place at 09h00 and 15h00 on Saturday, while the fifth and final session starts at 09h00 on Sunday morning.