Cyprianos qualifies for Durban meet
PENGUINS Swimming Club’s Denilson Cyprianos’ 100m backstroke time of one minute 07.90 seconds in the boys’ 13-14 years age-group saw him becoming the third Matabeleland Amateur Swimming Board’s (MASB) swimmer to book a place in next year’s South Africa Junior Swimming Championships.
The qualifying time for the 100m backstroke Durban meet for the 13-14 age group is one minute 08.54 seconds.
Cyprianos, who broke two national records a fortnight ago, returned to the Bulawayo City Pool on Friday night to swim an immaculate one minute 07.90 seconds to book a place for the SA Junior Swimming Championships to be held in Durban in March.
Cyprianos joins The Falcons Swimming Club’s Liam O’Hara and Barracudas’ Cory Werret, who hit qualifying times for the SA Junior Swimming Championships in earlier races.
An ecstatic Cyprianos said he will work hard to ensure he qualifies for more events at the SA Junior Swimming Championships.
“I’m happy that I managed to swim the qualifying time for the SA Junior Swimming Championships and I will keep working hard to make sure that I participate at more races there. I’ll try some freestyle and maybe the 50m and backstroke races as well,” said Cyprianos.
The 14-year-old set national records for the boys’ 14 years and under division 800m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 50m backstroke two weeks ago.
In the 50m backstroke, Cyprianos beat the 31.85s record held by P Wetzlar to set a new one of 31.55s. He went on to beat J Kloppers’ two minutes 30.48s national backstroke record with his two minutes 30.48s.
Cyprianos, a member of the junior national teams, set an 800m freestyle record in a time of nine minutes 51.20s. The previous record stood at 10 minutes 22.26s.