Junior swimming championships set for today

07Dec 2019
Renatha Msungu
The Guardian
Junior swimming championships set for today

MORE than 150 swimmers in U-12 category are today expected to start their campaign to win various titles in the Tanzania Junior Swimming Championships at the International School of Tanganyika (IST), Upanga in Dar es Salaam.

The championships take place under supervision of Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA).

Inviolata Itatiro, TSA secretary general, said the event will have four age categories, namely U-7, eight and nine years, 10 and 11 years, and 12 years old.

Inviolata said TSA has organised the junior event to promote the sport, besides giving international experience to budding swimmers.

Inviolata said they expect to see swimmers fight for their club status as well as s well as improve their personal best time (PBs).
She said the competition is a continuation of TSA’s mission to raise awareness and promote swimming in Tanzania.

According to her, trophies will be awarded to the top three swimmers in each age group while medals will be given for the top three swimmers.

The medals are gold, silver and bronze for the first, second and third winners respectively.

“Points will be allocated for the first to 10th places. The top swimmer will get 20 points, second (16), third (14) points, fourth (12 points), fifth (10 points), sixth (8 points), seventh (6 points), eighth (4 points), ninth (2 points) and 10th will get one point,” she said.

Inviolata said in order to spice up the event, TSA has included open age events to enable younger swimmers of different ages to show their ability by competing against older ones.

There will also, be open 400m and 200m freestyle for both girls and boys and 200m individual medley.

She said that they were in preparations ahead of the competition, which has been categorized according to age. The age groups include less than seven years old, eight and nine years, 10 and 11 years, and 12 years old.

The age groups are seven years olds and under eight and nine, ten and eleven and 12. She said swimmers under seven years will contest in 25m freestyle, 25m breaststroke, 25 meters backstroke, 25 meters butterfly), 50 meters freestyle, 50 meters backstroke and 100 meters Individual Medley (IM).

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