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Seals invitational championship's hosts bask in early glory

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Added 5th July 2019 11:04 AM

Running for the fifth time, this year’s edition comes with a hefty sh50m sponsorship from title sponsors Centenary Bank.

Seals invitational championship's hosts bask in early glory

Seals' John Kafumbe in action during the first Seals League at Kampala Parents School pool, February 9 2019. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

Running for the fifth time, this year’s edition comes with a hefty sh50m sponsorship from title sponsors Centenary Bank.

Seals Invitational Swimming Championship

Thursday-Sunday

Venue: Kampala Parents School

Selected results

Day One

Top swimmers

Boys 12-13 years

John Kafumbe 4 gold

Boys 13-14 years

Joshua Lumonya 3 gold

Girls 13-14

Mpeera Yalonda 3 gold

Girls 15 &over

Anthea Mudanye 1 gold

Zara Nsubuga 1 gold

Girls 10 & Under

Amelia Mudanye 2 gold

Boys 10& Under

Austin Kituuka 1 gold

Boys 15 & over

Raphael Musoke 1 gold

Chris Musenze 1 gold

Jacob Mugisha 1 gold

KAMPALA - In different ways, the Seals Invitational Swimming Championship is a major attraction in the regional swimming fraternity.

Besides the numbers, it presents a grueling and fun challenge for swimmers as they compete across four days with a combination of heats and finals.

Running for the fifth time, this year's edition comes with a hefty sh50m sponsorship from title sponsors Centenary Bank.

That said, the action from day one Thursday at Kampala Parents School paints a fun and competitive environment.

Meanwhile, the hosts--Seals Swim Club are living as advertised, following an electric start to the contest that has attracted top teams from East Africa.
 
Sea Horses Aquatics, Brookhurst International School, Silverfin Academy Kampala Aquatic Club, and Gliders are among top sides in a running for this year's title.

Youngsters John Kafumbe and Mpeera Yalonda headline acts in the boys and girls respectively, offered valuable advantage to the Seals.

Kafumbe is already an established swimmer in the boys' 11-12 category having enjoyed fleeting success in various competitions. His presence was felt on day one, claiming five gold in the 200m freestyle (2:18.27), 100m backstroke(1:14.48), 200m breaststroke( 3:01.31)  50m butterfly (33.54) and 400m Individual Medley(5:36.05).

Conversely, Mpeera Yalonda Daya, another sensation in the girls 13-14 category shot the works on the contest claiming three first finishes in 100m backstroke, 50m breast stroke and 400m Individual Medley

Silverfin's Joshua Lumonya with three first finishes in the boys 100m backstrike,200m breaststroke and 50m butterfly put him at the fore of the club's ambition at the competition where swimmers are eager to break records.

With this remarkable start, Seals remain overwhelming favourites to clinch this year's event.

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