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Aga Khan tops Independence swimming gala

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Added 10th October 2017 12:00 AM

14 year old Ben Kaganda registered a total of 157 points in the 13-14 boys category

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USF president Don Rukare (L) and NCS assistant general secretary David Katende (R) present the overall winners’ trophy to Aga Khan's captain Shafique Abdullateef (3rd R) with the captains of the first and second runners up teams; Greenhill (L) and British School (2nd R). Photo by Michael Nsubuga

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.

ilverfins hite euben in action during the 200m individual medley hoto by ichael subugaSilverfin's White Reuben in action during the 200m individual medley. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

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 He has since superseded British School of Kampala’s Tendo Mukalazi.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.

ga hans en aganda in action hoto by ichael subugaAga Khan’s Ben Kaganda in action. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

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

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