Taliss-IST clinches national junior swimming championship silverware

10Dec 2019
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Taliss-IST clinches national junior swimming championship silverware

DAR ES SALAAM’s Taliss-IST Swimming Club has clinched silverware in the national junior championship, which took place at the International School of Tanganyika (IST) Masaki swimming pool in the city last weekend.

Bluefin Club swimmer, Natalia Ladha (C), Sydney Hardeman of Taliss-IST Club (L) and Mischa Ngoshani of FK Blue Marlins pose for picture with their medals after the completion of this year’s regional junior swimming championship, which took place in Dar es Salaam last weekend. Natalia and Sydney broke two national records. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT

Taliss-IST collected a total of 1,736 points to overshadow other nine clubs which competed in the event organized by Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA).

Taliss-IST garnered 788 in the girls’ category, the club also collected 948 points in the boys’ category of the event which featured more than 150 swimmers who are aged U-12.

The team’s manager, Hadija Shebe, pointed out fighting spirit showcased by the club’s swimmers, cooperation the team had from parents and coaches’ best training helped them lift the title.

Hadija said they had prepared well ahead of the championships and the results reflect their efforts in developing the game.

“The competition was very tough and each club targeted the silverware in the event. Our swimmers made us proud,” she said.

Bluefins Club took the second spot with 1,521 points whereby the club’s female swimmers scored 798 points and 723 points were collected by male swimmers.

The event saw the famous Dar es Salaam Swimming Club (DSC) finish third after collecting 779 points. DSC scored 385 points in girls’ category and 394 points in boys’ category.

Upcoming club FK Blue Marlins took the fourth place after collecting 778 points as the team’s female swimmers scored 597 points and boys scored 181 points.

Moshi’s swimming club, Uwcea, was placed fifth after collecting 294 points while Champion Rise finished sixth after notching 220 points.

Morogoro International School (MIS) team, nicknamed Piranhas, scored 150 points to finish seventh.

Zanzibar-based club, Wahoo, was placed eighth with 106 points while Mwanza Swim Club collected 98 points to sit in the ninth spot. Arusha Swimming Club was placed 10th with five points.

Asmah Hilal, TSA Vice Chairperson, said swimmers competed in five styles namely Freestyle, Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Individual Medley (IM).

She noted the swimmers also competed in Relay, which was very exciting and thrilling.

“We have seen many talented swimmers in the event. The national team coaches’ task is to prepare them well, nurture their skills with a view to helping them become national team swimmers,” she said.

She said that TSA is proud to complete its swimming calendar for the 2019 and the association is now preparing the next year’s calendar.

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