A number of St Andrew’s College and Diocesan School for Girls swimmers qualified to participate in the Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics Championships over the weekend of 1-2 December.
The St Andrew’s swimmers to take part were Joss Hempel, Oliva Lange, Scott Ritchie, Cameron Rafferty (College) and Chase Repinz (Prep).
The swimmers came back with many accolades and Qualification times. Junior National qualification times were swum by Joss Hempel and Oliva Lange (St Andrew’s).
Lange won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke, as well as Bronze in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke. Cameron Rafferty won Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke, while Scott Ritchie won Bronze in the 50m freestyle.
Three DSG Juniors including Jenna Foster, Cara Meldrum and Wendy-Mae Turner as well as five DSG Senior swimmers, Cally Still, Emma Podesta, Toni Rafferty, Courtney Repinz and Shaelyn Walker also took part in the weekend.
Toni Rafferty (17 and over) won seven Championship titles in the 50m, 100m and 200m Freestyle; 50m and 100m Butterfly; 50m and 100m Backstroke. She swam three Senior National One Youth and Four Junior National qualification times. Emma Podesta (15-16 years) won Gold in the 50m Backstroke, silver in the 100m and 200m backstroke, and bronze in the 50m and 100m butterfly. Podesta also swam a SA Youth and Junior National Qualification time in the 100m Backstroke.
Courtney Repinz (15-16) won silver in the 50m Backstroke and bronze medals in the 100m Backstroke 100m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle, also swimming Junior Qualifying times in the 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle. Shaelyn Walker (14 years) won bronze medals in the 200m Backstroke and 1 500m Freestyle.