Mat’land tar­gets Na­tional Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

MATA­BELE­LAND Am­a­teur Swim­ming Board (MASB) chair­per­son Bokani Dube is con­fi­dent that her swim­mers will ex­cel at the Na­tional Se­nior Cham­pi­onships that started at Les Brown Swim­ming Pool in Harare on Wed­nes­day.

MASB sent a “lean” 48-mem­ber squad for the five-day event that ends on Sun­day. Team Mata­bele­land are com­pet­ing against de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mashona­land, Mashona­land Coun­try District, Masvingo and Man­i­ca­land.

“We trav­elled with 48 swim­mers, which to us is a lean squad con­sid­er­ing that we had selected a 70-mem­ber squad for the na­tional cham­pi­onships at last month’s Mata­bele­land Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships. It’s a small squad, but I’m con­fi­dent that we will get the over­all tro­phy be­cause we have good swim­mers, who I be­lieve can post good times and win us medals,” said Dube.

Mata­bele­land came sec­ond in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion which was won by Mashona­land and will be hop­ing for bet­ter for­tunes in this year’s edi­tion.

Mashona­land dom­i­nated both the boys’ and girls’ events to amass a whoop­ing 2 957 points com­pared to Mata­bele­land’s 2 074. Mashona­land Coun­try Dis­tricts were a dis­tant third with 190 points.

While the team for the CANA Zone IV Cham­pi­onships to be held in Namibia in Fe­bru­ary has al­ready been selected, there are other ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions lined-up for next year in­clud­ing the World Cham­pi­onships and the Ju­nior Africa Cham­pi­onships set for Au­gust.

Swim­mers will be out to give their best and pos­si­bly qual­ify for the South African Age­Group Ju­nior Na­tion­als and ob­vi­ously the level galas, a Level Two and Level Three as well as the African Games, which will be held in Septem­ber.

Some of Mata­bele­land’s top swim­mers in­clude Liam O’Hara, De­nil­son Cypri­anos, Quintin Tay­ali, Chantel Querl, Rianna Rollo, Cory Wer­ret and Sibu­siso Sibanda among oth­ers. — @ZililoR

De­nil­son Cypri­anos

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