Morogoro school excels in invitational swimming tourney

22Nov 2017
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Morogoro school excels in invitational swimming tourney

MOROGORO International School (MIS) swimming team has emerged as overall winners of an invitational swimming gala which took place at the school's pool last weekend.

Dar Swim Club

iranhas' coach Grace Sanford, who was also the event's organizer, said Blue Fins outfit took the second position with 3,803 points, whereas Dar Swim Club settled for the third position with 3,306,50 points.

 Taliss Club finished fourth with 2,999 points, Wahoo took the fifth position with 873 points, Haven of Peace Academy (HOPAC) finished sixth with 391 points while St.Constantine International School finished last with 136 points.

The coach said the hosts, who also fielded 58 swimmers in the event,  produced overall winners in seven categories, namely William Sanford (Five & Under boys), Avneet Jabbal ( Six & Under girls)Charlotte Sanford (9 and 10 years girls ), Vannesa Dickson (13 and 14 years girls ), Yuki Omori (13 and 14 boys), Denis Mhini (15 and 16 years boys ) and Joseph Sumari, who was the overall winner in 17 and 18 boys' age group.

She attributed her team's success in the tournament to good training by qualified coaches, team work and availability of experienced swimmers in the squad.

“Piranhas are blessed to have experienced swimmers like Mhini, Sumari, Vanessa, Charlotte, Yuki and Ian Lukaza who are dedicated to helping out during squad training sessions,” she said.  

Sanford said her club is extremely happy that it won the event this year as last year the outfit finished second to Dar Swim Club.

She also thanked the Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) and all swimming followers, who supported MIS to successfully host the event.

“We thank Thauriya Diriya, who came to do recording, Imani Dominick and Phillip Saliboko, who came independently to help running of the program, it was fantastic event and great success, the swimmers were happy," she revealed.

"We also take this opportunity to thank the management of Hilux Hotel, Nashera Hotel, Flomi Hotel and Dragonnairus Hotel and all who made the gala very successful.”

MIS hosted a similar event last year which was widely regarded as one of the best national swimming galas ever held in the country.

The school introduced new initiatives not previously seen at the event including  the awarding of spirit cup for the team demonstrating the best sportsmanship and team spirit.

Sanford said MIS has a long history of swimming since it first constructed its 25 meters swimming pool nearly 30 years ago, in recent years some of the pupils from the school have been awarded scholarships to the United Kingdom.

MIS has a comprehensive swimming program for nine training sessions a week which has helped the school perform well in many events.

The school fielded nine swimmers in the national team, which excelled in this year's CANA Zone 3 Championship which took place in Dar es Salaam, with the hosts recording 436 points.

The coach who has been very inspirational said MIS taught its students core values which are integrity, respect and responsibility.

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