Riverview Prep hosted the second gala of the season and swimmers from Laerskool Malelane, White River, Komatipoort Akademie and Riverview Preparatory School competed in the various strokes, individual medley and relay items to better their personal times.
As part of the drive to develop swimming in the province, the league was put in place for local schools by Mpumalanga Swimming last year. The schools were positioned in a league according to their size and individual performances at the top schools gala in 2016.
Swimmers’ times are recorded at each league gala and the best are chosen to compete in prestige galas, be part of the provincial team or receive other honours. Thus, swimmers are essentially competing against themselves to achieve the best possible time. As such, no winners are announced at these galas.
Onderberg swimmers count among the best in the province, and the league galas give the developing swimmers more exposure to the sport and competitive atmosphere.
Two of Laerskool Malelane’s swimmers, Rossouw Janson and Henning Radley, competed in the Golfinhos Sprint Gala in Maputo on 21 and 22 October.
They were part of the Mpumalanga team, which was named overall best performing team. Swimmers faced competitors from Mozambique, Uganda and Botswana.
Rossouw competed in six items and won a bronze medal for the 4 x 50m relay. He also achieved personal best times in 50m free and 50m and 100m butterfly stroke.
Henning participated in nine items and won silver medals in the 100m freestyle and relay. He won a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke, so qualified for Level 2 National Championships.
Henning achieved a personal best in 50m butterfly stroke and qualified for the Level 1 Championships and achieved a personal best time in the 200m individual medley.