Blue Ocean Aquatics’ Samantha Labuschagné came of age while clubmate Michelle Kretzschmar made her presence felt in her maiden South African National Level Three Championships in Port Elizabeth recently.
Bigger and better than last year’s event, this year national championships saw over 600 of the country’s top junior swimmers (aged 18 and under) in action.
The top 30 swimmers in each age-group qualified for the prestigious event and shared the common goal of achieving national glory.
Labuschagné, who bagged three bronze medals last year, stepped up her performance and won a total of five medals this year.
She clinched gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle, silver in the 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke as well as a bronze in the 50m backstroke event.
She also swam personal best times in five events.
Kretzschmar rose to the occasion in her debut and swam personal best times in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
She was also able to improve on her overall rankings.
Their efforts saw Blue Ocean Aquatics place 30th out of the 78 clubs at the event.