All in place for Mat’land swim­ming cham­pi­onships

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

LO­CAL swim­mers will bat­tle it out at the Mata­bele­land Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships which start to­day and end on Sun­day at the Bu­l­awayo City Pool, with the best ath­letes earn­ing rights to rep­re­sent Mata­bele­land at na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

The cham­pi­onships are or­gan­ised by the Mata­bele­land Am­a­teur Swim­ming Board (MASB) and will also be used for rank­ing pur­poses, with swim­mers that post best times en­hanc­ing their chances of mak­ing it into the Mata­bele­land team.

The com­pe­ti­tion is also a qual­i­fy­ing event for next year’s In­ter­na­tional Swim­ming Fed­er­a­tion (FINA) Youth Games and the March 2017 South African Ju­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships to be held in Dur­ban.

Nokuthula Cypri­anos, chair­per­son of the MASB, said they were ex­pect­ing a com­pet­i­tive pool.

“Com­pe­ti­tion has been tight and young swim­mers have been post­ing im­pres­sive times. The stage is set for the Mata­bele­land Cham­pi­onships and out­stand­ing swim­mers will be con­sid­ered for the Mata­bele­land team, which will com­pete at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships to be held early next year in Harare,” said Cypri­anos.

She said the quest to break records is likely to mo­ti­vate swim­mers.

“The train­ers have been do­ing a good job and their swim­mers are al­ways rac­ing to post bet­ter times. That de­sire to break lo­cal and na­tional records can mo­ti­vate swim­mers,” she said.

Among other races swim­mers will com­pete in are 50m but­ter­fly, 100m back­stroke, 100m freestyle, 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley, 50m breast­stroke and 800m freestyle.

Some of the swim­mers to watch at the cham­pi­onships are Cru­saders’ duo Markye Koen and Rianna Rollo, The Fal­cons’ Liam O’Hara, Han­nah Evans from Bar­racu­das and the Pen­guins trio of Bren­dan Cypri­anos, Den­nil­son Cypri­anos and No­rah Tag­wireyi. — @ZililoR

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