The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Sharks Bite At Les Brown

SHARKS swimming club won this year's edition of the Mashonaland Senior Championships held at Les Brown pool in Harare over the weekend. The team won in both the men and women categories to beat seven other contesting clubs.

The six-day event had 219 participants and a team from Malawi also taking part but it was Sharks, who triumphed, after amassing 1 549 points.

The men's' team had 867 points while the women's team got 642 points.

Pirates Zimbabwe came second after their women's team put up a brave fight which saw them begging 602 points.

Spartans were third and Dorado Swimming Club came fourth while Harare Otters finished fifth and Highlands came sixth.

In the individual events, Adams Amy Leigh of Spartans won the Under-10 girl's category with Nomvula Mjimba coming second.

Makova Tatenda won gold in the boy's Under-10 category while Stoole Evan was second.

In the Under-12 age group, Mellissa Watt narrowly beat Stander Hollie to the gold medal as the boys event was won by Davis Liam and Chiang Bruce was the runner-up.

Highlands' upcoming swimmer Ratidza Mutangadura continued with her dominance in the Under-14 age group with Lorna Doorman playing second fiddle.

Onorati Aidan of Pirates Zimbabwe walked away with the championships Under-14 boys title, winning his event ahead of Burnett Liam.

The Under-16 women's age group was won by Highlands' Batchelor Mist with Sarah Hawgood of Pirates coming second.

Sharks also dominated in the Under-16 Boys category, providing the winner and runner-up in Aiden Burnett and Dylan Stely respectively.

The Under-17 and above age group saw Kaitlin Harthoorn walking away with the gold medal, upstaging Samantha Welch, who settled for second place.

Mashonaland Swimming chairman Tim Hawgood said the event went on well and was also happy with the talent on show.

"We are happy that the event went on well and it is good that there was a good turnout with a team from Malawi giving us a good challenge.

"There is a lot of promising young talent coming up which is good for us," Hawgood said.

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