Twelve swimmers from Blue Ocean Aquatics Swimming Club participated at the KwaZulu-Natal Level Two Championships in Durban this past weekend where the club placed fourth in the province.
The club came home with Nelzaan Strydom and Jethro Rolfe winning their age group category, the former crowned the 14-year-old girls age group winner and the latter winning the 12-year-old boys age group.
Nelzaan won six silver medals and two bronze medals to clock up the points for the age group winner title and Jethro won six gold, one silver and one bronze medal to win his age category.
Jethro also swam a SA junior national qualifying time in the 200m breastroke and will now be competing at SA Junior Nationals in late March.
Hannah Scott was very competitive and won three gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals in her respective events and time improvements of 11.47 seconds.
Gemma Allchin cleaned up in the 10 and under age group breaststroke events by winning gold in all three breaststroke events – 50m, 100m and 200m.
Daniel Fisher won a gold medal in the 50m breaststroke a bronze in the 200m breaststroke 11-year-old boys events and had time improvements of 32.97 seconds overall.
Ava-Mae Lilje won a gold medal in the 50m freestyle by finding her form in the sprint event and improved on that time by .41 seconds. She also won a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle.
Kayla Heydricks won a gold medal in the 200m backstroke 15 and over age group.
Ricardo Carthew found form in his events and had an amazing overall time improvement of 70.28 seconds over his nine events swum and secured him four silver medals and two bronze medals.
Wine Koekemoer won two bronze medals and was able to qualify in the higher age group for Level Two Regional Championships, which will take place in the April holidays in Sasolburg.
George Annandale won a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle in the 10 and under age group event.
Tharien Venter and Jordan Grobler were also part of the winning team and both these swimmers were able to get points for the club by placing in the 10 swimmers in their age group.
Mandy Koegelenberg, head coach of the club, said, “All in all, this was an amazing weekend for Blue Ocean Aquatics Swimming Club.
“I’m very proud of the swimmers’ achievements and look forward to the national and regional championships coming up at the end of the season in Sasolburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth.”
Photo: Blue Ocean Aquatics’ (back from left) Tharien Venter, Wine Koekemoer, Hannah Scott, Ava-Mae Lilje, Ricardo Carthew, Jethro Rolfe, Nelzaan Strydom, (front from left) coach Mandy Koegelenberg, Kayla Heydricks, Jamma Alchin, George Annandale, Jordan Grobler and Daniel Fisher, with Peter Koegelenberg supporting his mom and the swimmers.