KAMPALA- Ugandan club Dolphins believe that with a larger and stronger team, they could have finished better than second at the Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF) Long Course Nationals held at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi last weekend.
Dolphins felt they had got the trick of dominating this championship after the 19 swimmers they sent last year claimed the top gong – at a time when the meet dropped the straight finals to adopt the heats and finals format.
The team this time was deprived of the services of Darren Ssamula, Daryl Kyabayinze, Shane Birungi and Kirabo Namutebi, among others who are engaged with the national team at the Cana Zone IV Championships in Windhoek, Namibia.
“Some of the swimmers we had this time were doing long course for the very first time but they managed to hold out for second place,” club administrator Isaac Bwire, who led the team with coach Paul Bampata as Muzafaru Muwanguzi coached the national team, said.
Dolphins had 26 swimmers led by Jordan Ssamula, Paulsen Settumba, brothers Tyaba and Mikka Kigundu, Pendo and Tendo Kaumi and sisters Freda Nakafu and Swagia Mubiru among others managed an impressive 42 medals (eight gold, 18 silver and 26 bronzes) and 1,485 points.
That was 667.5 points behind the champions Bandari Swim Club. Meanwhile Seals, another Ugandan side at the championship accumulated 1,095 points.
Their impressive girls’ line-up of Alexis Kituuka, sisters Anthea and Amelia Mudanye plus Daya Yalonda Mpeera and Neema Kangi amassed 862 points while the boys got 161. They also had 14 gold medals from the event.
HOW THEY FINISHED - POINTS TABLE
1. Bandari (KE) – 2,152.5 points
2. Dolphins (UG) – 1,485
3. Seals (UG) – 1,095