NAMIBIAN swimmers gave a good account of themselves at the Zone VI Under-20 Youth Games in Lusaka, finishing second overall with an impressive haul of 21 medals.
South Africa dominated the swimming competition, winning 56 medals in total, consisting of 30 gold, 23 silver and two bronze medals.
Namibia came second with five silver and 16 bronze medals, while Zimbabwe were third overall with two silver and six bronze medals.
Namibia’s medal haul was a huge improvement on their performance at the previous Zone VI Youth Games in Swaziland in 2010 when they only won one silver and five bronze medals.
Namibian swimmers also set a total of 13 new national records in Lusaka, consisting of nine age group and four Open records.
Christine Briedenhann led the way with one silver and two bronze medals.
The 16-year-old Briedenhann won silver in the women’s 50m breaststroke in a new 15/16 year age group record of 34,53 seconds.
She won bronze in the women’s 50m butterfly in a new 15/16 year as well as Open record of 29,00 seconds, while she won another bronze medal in the women’s 100m freestyle in 1:00,00.
Zanre Oberholzer won one silver and one bronze medal. The 14-year-old Oberholzer came second in the women’s 200m backstroke in 2:22,68 which was more than three seconds faster than her own 13/14 year as well as Open records of 2:25,85.
Oberholzer also set a 13/14 year and Open record in the women’s 100m backstroke when she came third in 1:06,69, which broke her own age group record of 1:08,32 and Monica Dahl’s Open record of 1:07,87.
Micaela Cloete won a silver medal in the women’s 50m freestyle in 27,35 seconds.
Namibia’s women’s 400m Medley Relay team of Zanre Oberholzer, Kiah Borg, Godiva Beukes and Micaela Cloete won a silver medal in a time of 4:42,46, which was a new 15/16 year record while it also broke the former Open record of 4:45,14.
Namibia’s 400m freestyle relay team of Godiva Beukes, Kiah Borg, Kiara Schatz and Micaela Cloete also won a silver medal in the 400m freestyle relay in a new Namibian 15/16 year age group record of 4:17,05.
Boris Kulikowski won three bronze medals in the men’s breaststroke events. In the 50m breaststroke he came third in 30,89; in the 100m breaststroke he came third in 1:08,53, and in the 200m breaststroke he came third in 2:36,01.
Sonja Adelaar won two bronze medals in the women’s 200m Individual medley in 2:34,57 and the women’s 400m freestyle in 4:47,24.
The Lamprecht brothers, 17-year-old Christiaan and 15-year-old Lushano each won one bronze medal. Christiaan came third in the men’s 100m backstroke in 1:02,13, while Lushano came third in the 200m backstroke in 2:17,62.
The 13-year-old Kiara Schatz came third in the women’s 200m freestyle in a new 13/14 Namibian age group record of 2:14,56, while Godiva Beukes won a bronze medal in the women’s 100m butterfly in a time of 1:10,03.
The Namibian men’s 400m medley relay team won a bronze medal in 4:19,11, while the Namibian men’s 400m freestyle relay team won a bronze medal in 3:51,67.