Swimmers excel at gala

2015-09-10 06:00
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Blue Ocean Aquatics ‘team’ (back, from left) Carla Kretzschmar, Janine Oosthuizen, Michelle Kretzschmar, Emma Kuhn, Keyton Vorster, and (front, from left) Ricardo Carthew, Nelzaan Strydom, Mbali Burnett, André Steyn, Mandy Koegelenbe

Photo: supplied Blue Ocean Aquatics ‘team’ (back, from left) Carla Kretzschmar, Janine Oosthuizen, Michelle Kretzschmar, Emma Kuhn, Keyton Vorster, and (front, from left) Ricardo Carthew, Nelzaan Strydom, Mbali Burnett, André Steyn, Mandy Koegelenbe

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ELEVEN Blue Ocean Aquatics swimmers participated in the annual Beavers gala in Durban recently and came home with two gold, four silver and six bronze medals. This was a gala-first for club participants­ Nelzaan Strydom, Tayne Rudling and Keytin Vorster who faired extremely well and clocked great times.

Mbali Burnett swam a level one qualifying time in the 100m backstroke, with Carla Kretzschmar taking 28.79 seconds off her 400m freestyle time. Emma Kuhn won two gold medals­ in 50m and 100m breaststroke, four bronze medals in 50m back, 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly in her age group. Michelle Kretzschmar won two silver and one bronze medal for 50m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke. The other medal was won by Janine Oosthuizen in the 50m backstroke where she won a bronze.

André Steyn took a total of 28.3 seconds off his six swims and won two silver medals in the 200m IM and 50m freestyle, with Ricardo Carthew improving by 44.84 seconds on his overall events.

As this is the beginning of the summer season, the swimmers are now in racing mode anticipating the many meets coming up.

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