The Senior National Championships for swimming got under-way this evening at Les Brown pool in Harare’s CBD.
Only two events took place today to get the Championships started and these were the seeded finals for the 400 metres freestyle for both boys and girls.
Nomvula Mjimba of Mashonaland placed first in the Girls 12 and under division with a time of 5:30,24 minutes ahead of Sancia Bravo and Wandile Banda. Jessica McAllister claimed gold in the Girls 13-14 division with a time of 5:43,39 minutes while Mellisa Watt and Hollie Stander took silver and bronze respectively. In the Girls 15-16 division Lara Peirce finished in first place 5:17,44 minutes with Courtney McAllister in second place while Cerise Dingiswayo came home in third place.
Mashonaland claimed all three medals for the Girls 17 and over division. Sarah Hawgood took gold in a time of 4:55,89 minutes ahead of Natasha Lawson who won silver and Kim Bellringer finishing third for the bronze medal.
Joash McKonie posted a time of 5:49,89 minutes to win the Boys 12 and under division. Tatenda Makova and Bryan Chiang finished second and third in that order. Matland dominated the Boys 13-14 division claiming the silver and bronze through Grant Smith and Dale Bruce but Liam Davis of Mashonaland came first with a time of 5:05,80 minutes.
Chase Onorati, Liam Burnett and Zack Langridge all of Mashonaland took the medals for the boys 15-16 division, Chase coming first with a time of 4:37,74 minutes. Gold for the senior boys went to James Lawson who posted a time of 4:32,35 ahead of Dylan Steyl and Ashby Tink.
Mashonaland and Matland filled today’s finals starting lists. Out of the 24 girl swimmers only Courtney Herring and Lorna Doorman were from outside the two big provinces, representing Manicaland and Country Districts respectively.
The Championships continue tomorrow with heats in the morning and followed by finals during the afternoon session.
It’s heartening to see major involvement of huge brands such as the Creative Group and Quest Motor Corporation in aid of Zimbabwean youth sport.