Seals Swim Club hope to build on their participation and achievements in the Kenya National Age Group and Open Championships to become a top swimming club in East Africa.
Seals captains Nuwa Senkebe (boys) and Anthea Mudanye (girls) led the 13-man team with strong perfomances as the club managed seven medals in the October 22-28 event in Mombasa. The boys finished 16th with 42 points while the girls finished 10th with 91 points, against 28 and 30 regional clubs respectively.
Ssenkebe set a new national record (18:24.40) as he won gold in the boys’ 1500M freestyle event (open category) breaking his previous record set at the October Independence Swim gala at Kampala International School by 32.53 seconds. Last year, he won bronze in the same category at the same competition.
He also won gold in the boys’ 800M freestyle event and a bronze in the boys 400M individual medley.
Mudanye won bronze in the 100M breaststroke event for 14-15 girls age group.
“It was always important for us captains to lead from the top from such a challenging competition,” Mudanye told Daily Monitor.
“Everyone tried to improve their personal best times and hopefully this can keep motivating everyone to the same for future meets,” Senkebe said.
Club coach Chisela Kanchela highlighted the importance of participating in regional championships.
“We don’t have many competitions here so it becomes hard for a junior swimmer to understand why a coach wants them to improve especially on the personal best times and as a club we want to ensure our swimmers are always competitive and attending all possible meets,” Kanchela said.
Adding “With exposure from such high profile competitions, they can always improve. And indeed everyone has improved from the last time we were in Kenya for the Nairobi Championships in May.” For Seals, eyes have been set on the November 29-30 NASA Invitational Championships in Nairobi, Kenya as the club prepares for the Level Two Club Swimming Championships in South Africa due in March next year which Senkebe has already qualified for.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor