14 year old Ben Kaganda registered a total of 157 points in the 13-14 boys category
USF DSTV National Swimming Gala
There is only one Aga Khan School. The star studded side dominated proceedings in the 16th edition of the USF DStv Independence National Swimming Gala, claiming the overall trophy with a total of 3,240 points.
The two day event that ended Sunday at Kampala International School brought together a strong cast of swimmers from 13 schools, an increment of three from the previous edition.
Aga Khan’s ever green swimmers Ben Kaganda, Adnan Kabuye and Selina Katumba once again applied their decisive abilities as Tony Kasujja’s side claimed back-to-back champions’ trophies.
14 year old Ben Kaganda registered a total of 157 points in the 13-14 boys category, coming up big against teammate Samora Lumonya and Green Hill’s Ampaire Namanya.
Kaganda clocked 29.68 in 50m butterfly, which was one of his great finishes. He also won gold in the 100m freestyle, clocking 1:01.93, 100m backstroke (1:10.52), 200m Individual Medley (2:34.47) 100m butterfly (1:13.14) among others.
Meanwhile the lanky Adnan Kabuye owned the show in the 15 and over boys’ category. He has since superseded British School of Kampala’s Tendo Mukalazi.
Kabuye clocked 59.85 to win the 100m freestyle, which was one of the six gold medals he took home, with Mukalazi playing second best in a number of them.
Selina Katumba beat British School of Kampala’s duo Mpeera Yalonda and Ssinzi Nabatanzi to the best swimmer in 13-14 girls’ category registering 164 points. Mpeera and Nabatanzi had 147 and 144 respectively.
Green Hill’s Jude Kivumbi, Ampaire Namanya and Tinisha Birungi inspired their school to a second best finish. The former came third in 10 and under boys (52 points), Ampaire was second in the 13-14 boys (136 points) as 15 year old Tinisha (116 points) came second in the 15 and over girls’ category.
Gayaza High School received the David Walakira award as the most spirited team in an event that was well oiled courtesy of DSTV.
The late Walakira was a former managing director of Excel Insurance Company, who supported the gala for a long time.
Combined team scores
Aga Khan School 3240 pts
Green Hill Academy 2155
The British School Kampala 1562
Seeta High Mukono 1515
Seeta Green Campus 1193
Ndejje University 940
Makerere University 740
Kampala Junior Academy 406
Gayaza High School 318
Kabojja International School 315
Kampala International School 285
Word of Life International School 175
Train Up a Child 27