Le Roux breaks national recordBy: HELGE SCHUTZ
CORNÉ le Roux of Dolphins Swimming Club broke the only record at the Namibia Swimming Union’s Long Course Gala 3 that took place at the Olympia Swimming Pool over the weekend.
The 10-year-old Le Roux set a new record time of 1:28,02 in the boys’ 10-and-under 100m butterfly event, beating the previous record of 1:28,93 that was established by Sascha Rapp in 2009.
A total of 109 swimmers from Windhoek and Swakopmund participated in the gala, which was the first of 2013.
As such, the swimmers were not at top fitness levels and the results on the whole did not come close to existing age group record times.
Besides Le Roux’s exceptional performance, other swimmers who did well were Nicolai Fleming, JP Engelbrecht and Kiah Borg, all from the Namib Swimming Academy.
Fleming won the boys’ 13-14 50m freestyle in 27,26, which was just over a second outside Quinton Delie’s age group record of 26,14 seconds, while JP Engelbrecht came close to his own record of 24,20 in the boys’ 17-and-over 50m freestyle, with a winning time of 25,03.
In the girls’ 13-14 50m butterfly, Kiah Borg was just over a second off Christine Briedenhann’s record of 29,57 with a winning time of 30,96.
Dolphins Swimming Club had the most swimmers at 66, who entered 445 events and established 109 personal best times.
NSA had 41 swimmers who entered 272 events and established 54 personal best times, while Swakopmund Swimming Club had two swimmers who entered 14 events and established three personal best times.
With water temperatures of 20 to 21 degrees Celsius, sunny skies and no wind, the weather conditions were far better than those experienced at the Long Course Namibian Championships held last November.
The PRO of NASU, Agata Mason, however said the gala was a challenge to most of the swimmers.
“Being the first competition after the Christmas break, the gala was a challenge to most swimmers who are working extra hard to get back into shape in time for the upcoming major South African meets, as well as the CANA Zone 3 and 4 Championships,” she said.
“The demands of intensive training do not allow for the usual tapering period precluding swimmers’ participation in a competition,” she added.