Barracudas Swimming Club were over the weekend crowned the Matabeleland swimming combined champions at Bulawayo municipal pools after a dominant display, especially in the women’s category.

This year’s action saw about 150 participants drawn from 9 teams taking part, with Barracudas scooping the top position after amassing 1 226.50 points ahead of Stingrays Swimming Academy and Affiliated Crusaders Swimmers who came out second and third respectively.

Barracudas were tops in the women’s category followed by Stingrays and School of Swimming, while in the men’s category, it was Stingrays who took pole position followed by the Falcons Swimming Club and Barracudas respectively.

Matabeleland Swimming Board chairperson Morren Nyamutsamba revealed that the quality of swimming had increased owing to the availability of private heated swimming pools in the city that ensured training took place the whole year round.

Some of the swimmers that spoke to this news crew also concurred, indicating that the level of competition was higher than the previous years.

With Zimbabwe nationals set for February in Bulawayo around the corner, expectations of a good performance by the province will be high judging by a number of long standing records broken by various individual swimmers.

Affiliated Crusaders’ Bruce Dale was the toast of the swimmers after accumulating 168 points in the 17 and over men’s age group, followed by Falcon Swimming Club’s world championships participant Liam O’hara who got 158 points in the 15 to 16 years age group and Riana Rollo of Affiliated Crusaders who managed 148 points in the 13 to 14 years age group.