Muscat International Swimming Championships enjoys busy weekend

Simon Collings 17:28 03/03/2014
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Diving in: Over 50 records were broken at this year's Championships.

The Muscat International Swimming Championships enjoyed another successful weekend as 500 swimmers and 27 teams took part at the event in Oman.

Held at the Qaboos Sports Complex, the national stadium, over a thousand spectators turned out to watch the high quality swimming on February 21 and 22.

Hosted by the British School Marlins Swimming Academy, the Championships are now in their fifth year and such high standards of competition have become accustom with the international event.

Over the course of the two days, 27 teams were represented; with swimmers from South Africa, Greece, the UK and Serbia all competing.

The Championships also saw all GCC countries take part, with competitors from Oman, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE descending on the Qaboos Sports Complex.

For many of the international swimmers, the Oman event acts as vital preparation as the prepare for their own national championships.

In a packed schedule of 94 events, boys and girls from the under-8 age group, all the way up to the under-17 and over category, helped created an exciting championships.

There were a total of 44 Individual and 10 Relay Championship Records broken by a total of 25 different swimmers in the various age groups.

The top individual performace awards were presented to Michael Dawson (Hamilton Aquatics Dubai) for his 100 Breaststroke swim (1:05.42) and to Edith Lingmann (Elite Swim Team, Kuwait) for her 200 Individual Medley swim (2:09.50).

Overall ‘Highpoint’ award winners, in their respective age groups, were as follows:

Vasiliki Stergiou (Elite Swim Team, Kuwait), Adam Kandil (Hamilton Aquatics, Dubai), Isabelle Darling (Hamiloton Aquatics, Abu Dhabi), Brendan Fitzpatrick (Speedo Swim Squads, Dubai), Emma Botha (H2O Swim Club, Qatar), Sean McNicholl (Hamilton Aquatics, Dubai), Lucy Agnew (Hamilton Aquatics, Dubai), Max Tambling (Hamilton Aquatics, Dubai), Destiny Hoffman (Hamilton Aquatics, Dubai), Christian Bezuidenhout (BSM Marlins, Oman), Faith Newkirk (H2O Swim Club, Qatar) and Cameron Oliver (Hamillton Aquatics, Abu Dhabi)

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