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Grahamstown schools in outstanding performance at NMB Aquatics Competition

By Lauren Jonas - Dec 7, 2018
Grahamstown schools in outstanding performance at NMB Aquatics Competition

Several swimmers from St Andrew’s College and Diocesan School for Girls qualified to participate in last weekend’s Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics Championships.

Swimmers achieved outstanding accolades including a Junior National qualifier swum by Joss Hempel and Oliva Lange from St Andrew’s. Oliva earned Gold in the 200m breaststroke as well as Bronze in both the 50 and 100m breaststroke.

In addition, Cameron Rafferty won Bronze in the 50m breaststroke and Scott Ritchie won Bronze in the 50m freestyle representing St Andrews College.

DSG Juniors, Jenna Foster, Cara Meldrum and Wendy-Mae Turner and DSG Senior swimmers, Cally Still, Emma Podesta, Toni Rafferty, Courtney Repinz and Shaelyn Walker collected Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

 How DSG students faired at NMB Aquatics Competition

Toni Rafferty (17 and over) won seven championship titles in the 50,100 and 200m freestyle, 50 and 100m butterfly and 50 and 100m backstroke of which 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 100 and 200m backstroke, and Bronze in the 50 and 100m butterfly. Emma also swam a SA Youth and Junior National qualifying time in 100m backstroke.

Courtney Repinz (15-16) earned Silver and Bronze medals in the 50 and 100m backstroke and 100 and 200m freestyle. Courtney also swam two junior qualifying times in backstroke and freestyle.

Shaelyn Walker (14 years) achieved bronze medals in the 200m backstroke and 1 500m freestyle.