Traditionally the end of the swimming season at the coast is
marked by arguably the most enjoyable and competitive gala
showcasing the coast clubs, coaches and swimmers – the annual
CASA Inter Clubs Swimming Championships.
Only the teams from
swimming clubs compete in this event and the Top Overall Club
trophy is the most desirable of them all.
This year the CASA
Executive Committee decided to give it a new twist and made this
gala an invitational event, the decision which added an extra
edge to what was already expected to be a very exciting
A total of 8 clubs
participated in the Inter Clubs Championships which took place
over three days – from 29th of June to 1st
of July 2018 at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, swimming pool.
In addition to 4
clubs from the coast – Bandari Swim Club (60 swimmers), Blue
Ocean Swim Club (7), Mombasa Aquatic Club (31) and Octopus Swim
Club (1), there were 3 visiting clubs from Nairobi – Kenya
School of Swimming (5 swimmers), Otters Swim Club (28) and USIU
Dolphins Swim Club (21), as well as Bluefins Swim Club (11
swimmers) from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
The competition was
also open for individual swimmers, and 2 swimmers from Nairobi
used the opportunity to compete at the coast, even though they
swam to register their time only and could not earn points or
take any place on the podium as they did not represent any
There were over a
thousand entries with a total of 166 swimmers participating in
this end of the season event.
The atmosphere of
the competition was electric from the first to the last race.
Top Overall Team - Bandari Swim Club with Coach Fakhry
times introduced throughout the age groups made this event event
more competitive than before.
In the true spirit
of sportsmanship and in support to their clubs a number of
swimmers came out to swim in relays even if they did not qualify
for individual races.
It was heartwarming
to see older swimmers mentoring their younger teammates, and
athletes from different clubs displaying great degree of
sportsmanship keeping rivalry to the waters only.
No amount of rain
made the spectators following the races move an inch; swimmers
took rain in their stride laughing it off with water being their
ally both from the sky and in the pool.
Tradition has always
had it that National Records are broken at the Inter Clubs, and
this latest gala did not disappoint !
In three days the
spectators and swimmers alike were treated to a total of 17 new
National Records: 8 in individual and 9 in relay events.
While some records
fell gently, most were smashed by the swimmers despite the
weather and the gruelling competition schedule.
In individual events
Ivan Hart, 11, of Mombasa Aquatic Club, showed his swimming
prowess by setting all 8 individual National Records in 10/11
Ivan broke 3 of his
own previous records and added 5 new ones to his haul of 16
individual National Records held before the competition started.
When asked about the
rain Ivan said: “the worst that can happen is that I get wet”,
and true to his words he set a new record in 200 m backstroke in
The new records are
as follows: 200 m freestyle – 2:19.67 (previous record of
2:27.84 set by Kunaal Khagram on 07/11/2015), 400m freestyle –
4:55.97 (previous own record of 5:08.25 set on 09/12/2017), 200
m backstroke – 2:38.48 (previous record of 2:43.19 set by Karan
Khagram on 19/04/2013), 100 m butterfly – 1:12.87 (previous
record of 1:13.62 set by Thomas Tabuka on 30/05/2015), 200 m
butterfly – 2:41.25 (previous own record of 2:46.87 set on
10/12/2017), 100 m Individual Medley – 1:16.88 (previous record
of 1:17.12 set by Nobby Obuya on 03/06/2012), 200 m Individual
Medley – 2:45.03 (previous record of 2:49.81 set by Thomas
Tabuka on 30/05/2015) and 400 m Individual Medley – 5:41.39
(previous own record of 5:54.42 set on 10/12/2017).
What an incredible
performance by this young swimmer who has been smashing his age
group National Records since December 2017 in both short and
long course !
go to Ivan, his coach Abdulmalik Abubakar, his parents and his
teammates from Mombasa Aquatic Club.
Coach Abdulmalik was
very brief when we caught up with him: “I am happy about Ivan’s
performance but we have a lot of work ahead of us”.
The rain kept
pouring so did the National Records !
Boys and girls of
Bandari Swim Club under the guidance of their coach Fakhry
Mansoor had set their eyes on a few relay records and did not
disappoint the crowd !
practically boiled when relays were swum and 9 relay National
Records got broken by Bandari Swim Club athletes.
There was no
stopping the 16+ boys team of Ridhwan Abubakar, Nobby Obuya,
Danilo Rosafio and Swaleh Talib setting three records in 800 m
freestyle relay with the new time of 8:05.26 - Allcomers, Open
and 16+ categories, improving the previous record of 8:07.45
held by Bandari Swim Club since 05/11/2017.
The same strong
relay team went on and broke another record in 400 m freestyle
relay with the new time of 3:35.70 in Allcomers category
smashing the previous time of 3:46.39 held by their own club
Another All comers
record in 400m Medley Relay fell to this powerful relay team
setting a new time of 4:14.63 against previous time of 4:20.60
held by their own club since 31/05/2015.
Bandari Swim Club
girls were not about to let the boys take all the glory, and the
relay team of Riva Karia, Justine Nelson, Samira Oberson and
Alisha Varia swam their hearts out to smash the previous 200 m
Medley Relay record of 2:33.70 in 16+ category held by Imani
School since 21/11/1982, setting a new time of 2:26.65.
As if this was not
enough, the same girls set another record of 2:07.87 in 200 m
Freestyle Relay in 16+ category breaking the ISK record of
2:10.63 held since 29/04/2001.
The girls did not
stop there and went on to set yet another record in 16+ category
in 400 m Medley Relay with the new time of 5:22.23 improving the
previous record of 5:35.27 held by Aga Khan Kensec since
The younger swimmers
of Bandari Swim Club also tried their hand in records and the
girls set a new record of 5:43.31 in 14/15 category in 400 m
Medley Relay breaking the previous time of 5:44.90 held by their
own club since 03/06/2012, the new record holders are Lanisha
Salim Kitendo, Josette Njeri, Kimberly Nyawira and Saloni Patel.
That was a fantastic
team effort from the boys and girls of Bandari Swim Club !
Kudos to the
swimmers, their coach Fakhry Mansoor, parents and teammates.
Top spots in overall
boys and girls categories were claimed by Ivan Hart, 11, and his
younger sister Alexandra Hart, 9, both with maximum possible 63
points each and both representing Mombasa Aquatic Club.
Gakenia Mwige, 12,
also of Mombasa Aquatic Club took the second spot amongst girls
with 61 points, while the boys second spot was claimed by Aryen
Muravvej, 13, of Bandari Swim Club with 57 points.
Riva Karia, 16, of
Bandari Swim Club scored 59 points, which placed her third
amongst girls, with Hakeem Salim Kitendo, 11, taking the third
place amongst boys with 55 points.
Emma Wappler, 11, of
Otters Swim Club emerged fourth amongst girls with 54 points
with her teammate Lucia Ruchti, 15, coming fifth with 52 points.
Maria Bianchi, 12,
of Blue Ocean Swim Club, Justine Nelson, 16, and Alisha Varia,
16, both of Bandari Swim Club, Jasmin Kimani, 14, of Kenya
School of Swimming, Tugi Mwige, 11, and Juhaina Islam Ali, 15,
both of Mombasa Aquatic Club, and Kario Karani, 11, of Otters
Swim Club scored between 41 and 49 points.
In boys’ category
Danilo Rosafio, 16, of Bandari Swim Club and Isaac Mukani, 9, of
Bluefins Swim Club shared the fourth position with 50 points
Sathyam Gohil, 11,
of Mombasa Aquatic Club, Trevor Mwamisi, 13, Aheer Chatterjee,
14, Ridhwan Abubakar, 17, Mohammed Iqbal Khandwalla, 15, Scott
Kithikii, 14, and Siegfred Katumwa, 14, all from Bandari Swim
Club scored between 41 and 46 points.
The same two clubs
whose swimmers emerged in the top three positions in individual
scores also claimed the top two positions in all clubs’
categories, with Bandari Swim Club claiming all top spots
followed by Mombasa Aquatic Club in the second.
In the girls
category Bandari Swim Club led the way with 645 points followed
by Mombasa Aquatic Club with 442 points in the second place
taking the Top Girls and Girls First Runner Up trophies
Two visiting clubs
claimed the third and fourth spots – Otters Swim Club with 303
points taking home the Girls Second Runner Up trophy, and
Bluefins Swim Club with 74 points claiming the fourth position.
The girls of Blue
Ocean Swim Club emerged fifth with 66 points followed in the
sixth place by Kenya School of Swimming with 45 points and USIU
Dolphins Swim Club in the seventh place with 11 points.
In the boys’
category the first four places were taken by the same clubs as
in girls’ category, with Bandari Swim Club scoring 938.5 points
to claim the Top Boys trophy, followed by Mombasa Aquatic Club
with 351.5 points taking home the Boys First Runner Up trophy.
Otters Swim Club
with 204 points went home with the Boys Second Runner Up trophy,
and Bluefins Swim Club with 127 points emerging fourth.
Kenya School of
Swimming boys brought 87 points taking the Club to the fifth
position followed by the boys of USIU Dolphins Swim Club with 33
points and Blue Ocean Swim Club with 15 points in sixth and
seventh positions respectively.
A strong team of
Bandari Swim Club took the prestigious Top Overall Club trophy
with a massive combined score of 1,802.50 points followed by
Mombasa Aquatic Club with 938.5 points and Otters Swim Club with
597 points in the second and third overall position
Bluefins Swim Club
team returned to Dar-es-Salaam with 257 points and fourth
overall, while Kenya School of Swimming team emerged fifth
overall with 132 points.
Blue Ocean Swim Club
came sixth overall with 81 points and USIU Dolphins Swim Club
went back with 64 points and the seventh team overall.
It was encouraging
to see visiting clubs coming to compete in what was
traditionally a coast only event.
Committee of Coast Amateur Swimming Association got a positive
feedback about the competition from the participating clubs with
visiting clubs asking to be invited to other CASA hosted events
in the new swimming season, thus giving a vote of confidence to
As expected, the
competition did not disappoint the spectators who came to
support their clubs and to witness the high level of Kenya
A total of 17
National Records is a testimony to the improving standards of
swimming, and with all National Records set by home boys and
girls it is the recognition of the swimming might of the coast
With the 2017/18
swimming season coming to an end we are looking forward to the
new 2018/19 season and will be closely following our home grown