Dolphins come out on top in Nairobi

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 3rd March 2016 10:12 AM

Swimming in the 10-11 years category Namutebi emerged the best performer among the girls

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Kirabo Namutebi in action. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Team Scores (Top 3) –Women

Dolphins Swim Club K'la 211pts

Loreto Convent Valley 201

Dolphins Mombasa 177

Team Scores – Men

Bandari Swim Club 587pts

Dolphins (Uganda) 397.50

Nyali Primary School 169

Kirabo Namutebi won 9 gold medals to inspire the Dolphins Swim Club Kampala girls' team to a first place finish at the Kenya Swimming Federation National Age Group Long Course Swimming Championship in Nairobi over the weekend.

Swimming in the 10-11 years category Namutebi emerged the best performer among the girls amassing 35 points to help the Dolphins finish top in the annual championship at the Kasarani pool.

The national swimmer and 2013 USPA Swimmer of the Year, bagged gold in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:34.89, the 100m freestyle (1:14.40), 50m back (38.55) and the 50m breaststroke (41.58) before claiming the 200m IM (3:13.22) and the 50m butterfly and freestyle races in a time of 37.22 and 31.85 respectively to set her team on a winning path in the championship that attracted 25 swim clubs and schools in Kenya.

Her efforts were supplemented by Adnan Kabuye who collected 33 points after winning several races that included the 100m breast, back and freestyle races in 1:25.27, 1:15.00 and 1:04.91 respectively as well as the 200m IM and the 50m free, breast and backstroke races.

Kirabo and Kabuye were also on the relay teams that included Tamara Mpiima, Swagia Mubiru, Gloria Nakafu, Ben Kaganda, Tendo Mukalazi and Darren Ssamula respectively that won gold in the 200m freestyle relay events.

Raphael Sine (200m IM+100m back, freestyle), Mikka Kiggundu (100m breast) also produced gold laden performances alongside Tendo Mukalazi,  Tendo Kaumi, Byansi Samora, Mubiru Swagia and Ben Kaganda who also picked silver and bronze medals in several races.

"This time we took a bigger team that's how we managed to win the championship," Dolphins coach Muzafar Muwanguzi whom led the team said on return.

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