Allen Khumalo, Sports Reporter
MASHONALAND Province were crowned champions of the 2017 National Junior Swimming Championships held at Petra Primary School at the weekend.
Mashonaland dominated both the boys’ and girls’ swimming events to amass 1 162.50 points, while hosts Matabeleland were second with 752 points.
Mashonaland Country Districts were a distant third with 298.50 points followed by Manicaland with 119 points. Masvingo and Midlands provinces came fifth and sixth with a paltry 39 and 16 points respectively.
Zimbabwe Aquatic Union (ZAU) president Mary Kloppers said a couple of records were broken at the gala.
“Some records were broken in the competition, but we have not yet completed the ratification process, so we cannot release them yet,” said Kloppers.
This year’s competition also witnessed some individual brilliance from various age groups, with Mashonaland’s Loyiso Mahobele amassing the most points in the girls’ nine years and under category.
Mahobele amassed a total of 33 points, while her teammate Sean Reilly had 30 points in the boys’ nine and under age group.
In the girls’ 10-year-old age group, Matabeleland’s Onovo Onye scored 50 points, while Gabriel Mnaba from Mashonaland had 48 points in the boys’ group.
Mashonaland’s duo of Charlotte Martelle and Vhenekai Dhemba had 38 points in the girls’ 11-year category and Paul Mwipikeni (Mashonaland) had 46 points in the boys’ category.
Kiara Goodinson (Mashonaland) came top in the girls’ 12 years races, amassing 44 points, with teammate Tawanda Chisungo making 37 points in the boys’ events.
Mashonaland 1 162.50, Matabeleland 752, Mashonaland Country Districts 298.50, Manicaland 119, Masvingo 39, Midlands 16.