South Africa continued their dominance in the second day of swimming at the AUSC Region 5 Games, leading the medal table by a wide margin. Team Zimbabwe are currently in third on the swimming combined team score charts narrowly behind neighbouring Namibia. At the end of the morning session, South Africa boasted 222 points to Namibia’s 104 and Zimbabwe’s 95.
Zimbabwe’s notable athletes in the session were 18 year olds Andresious Cyprianos and Peter Wetzlar who came in 4th and 5th respectively in the 100 meter Butterfly. Bronze medalist James Lawson failed to match yesterday’s bronze performance, finishing 5th in the Men’s 100 meter breaststroke heat.
In an interview after the morning session Zimbabwe Coach Debbie Wetzlar who is in charge of the girls’ team and Masi Takaedza who is coaching the boys, said they were happy with their representation in the finals where they had an athlete in every race: “We are happy with the times because most of our athletes are still acclimatizing, and the fact that we are represented in every category going into the finals pleases us. Of course everyone wants medals, but we must also be careful not to put unnecessary pressure on them,” the two echoed.
Neighbours South Africa are expected to claim gold in all final races later this evening, as all their athletes earned the best qualification figures going to the finals.
Beyond medals, some Team Zimbabwe swimmers scored personal best times in today’s races. Lebogang Ngwenya of St George’s College earned two personal bests, with a 105 seconds in the 100m butterfly and 57 seconds in the 100m freestyle races. Ratidzo Mutangadura of Chisipite Senior earned a personal best in the 100m backstroke with a time of 110.98 seconds.
This evening, Team Zimbabwe earned a silver medal in the 400 freestyle mixed relay.