MASB gala to be held tonight

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Senior Sports Re­porter

THE 50m but­ter­fly, 100m back­stroke, 100m freestyle, 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 50m breast­stroke and 800m freestyle are lined up for this evening’s Mata­bele­land Am­a­teur Swim­ming Board (MASB) Gala at the Bu­l­awayo City Pool.

Swim­mers will use to­day’s gala to pre­pare for the Mata­bele­land Senior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships set for De­cem­ber 1-4 in the city.

To­day’s competition will also be used for rank­ing pur­poses and or­gan­is­ers will be on the look­out for swim­mers that post the best times to en­able them to make the Mata­bele­land team.

At last week’s event, Pen­guins Swim­ming Club’s De­nil­son Cypri­anos’ 100m back­stroke time of one minute 07.90 sec­onds in the boys’ 13-14 years age­group saw him be­com­ing the third MASB swim­mer to book a place at 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 last Fri­day to swim an im­mac­u­late one minute 07.90 sec­onds to book a place in the SA Ju­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships to be held in Dur­ban in March 2017.

He 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.

Nokuthula Cypri­anos, chair­per­son of the MASB, said they ex­pect a com­pet­i­tive pool with swim­mers try­ing to se­cure spots for the SA Ju­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships.

“The SA Ju­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships are set for March and swim­mers will want to book their places now to avoid last minute at­tempts, mean­ing it won’t be sur­pris­ing to see some of our swim­mers at­tempt­ing to break records and qual­ify.

“We’re ex­cited with the level of competition we’re wit­ness­ing of late and we urge aquatic sport lovers to come and cheer these young swim­mers whom we be­lieve will one day make the coun­try proud at re­gional and in­ter­na­tional events,” said Cypri­anos — @ZililoR.

De­nil­son Cypri­anos

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