International School Seychelles swim series-Slight changes at halfway stage


As expected, Adam Viktora extended his winning run to 12 in as many races in the boys’ 12-13 division after last Friday’s fourth round at the Roche Caïman Olympic-size pool.

ISS student Viktora won the 50m backstroke in 36.63 seconds, 100m breaststroke in 1:30.72 and 200m freestyle in 2:28.34 for a maximum 240 points.

Dean Hoffman (182 points) and Ashen Tennege (176 points) are second and third.
Aurelie Fanchette is the female swimmer with the highest number of points – 236 – and leads the chase for the best swimmer title.

In last Friday’s fourth round, Fanchette won the girls’ 12-13 years 50m backstroke in 40.62 seconds, 100m breaststroke in 1:37.92 and 200m freestyle in 2:51.20.

The only swimmer to stop Fanchette from winning all 12 races so far is Clara Omath. With victories in the 50m and 200m breaststroke, she is second on 184 points, while Melissa Jeanne stays third with 146.

In the boys’ 14 years and over category, Shane Mangroo has consolidated first place with 212 points after winning the 50m backstroke in 32.84 seconds and 200m freestyle in 2:22.43, though finishing sixth in the 100m breaststroke in 1:36.25.
Ryan Govinden remains second with 184 points, while Ron Roucou, winner of the 100m breaststroke in 1:20.64, has climbed up the standings into third place with 168 points.

Roucou went into round four with 114 points and in fifth place after he lost all the points he collected in the 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke after failing to register before the deadline but competed after his name was added to the start list at the last minute.

Shrone Austin stays in command in the girls’ 14 years and over category with 230 points after wins in the 100m breaststroke in 1:24.33 and 200m freestyle in 2:15.40. Her sister Shannon, winner of the 50m backstroke in 35.27 seconds, is second overall with 226 points, while Amina Ward-Horner is third with 148.

In the boys’ 10-11 division, Adam Moncherry won the 50m backstroke in 44.52 seconds for his first victory in 12 races to stay ahead of the lot with 190 points.

Luke Bonnelame, who also practises taekwondo and is a green belt holder, is second with two points less – 188 – than Moncherry’s total. Determined to win the category despite not competing in the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley in the earlier rounds, Bonnelame triumphed in the 100m breaststroke in 1:59.88 and 200m freestyle in 3:11.38. In third position is Malik Govinden with 161 points.

The points difference between girls’ 10-11 category leader Anisha Payet and runner-up Magdalena Kment-Flynn stays at two.
Payet brought her tally to 224 with wins in the 50m backstroke in 44.33 seconds and 200m freestyle in 3:14.90. Kment-Flynn was first in the 100m breaststroke in 1:48.52. Third place is occupied by Maria Marzocchi with 178 points.

It could prove to be hard for the rest of the swimmers to catch up with Hayden Ah-Wan in the boys’ 7-9 division after he brought his points total to 216. But his only win last Friday came in the 200m freestyle in 3:34.08.

Currently second with 156 points, Hayden’s twin brother Lenel won the 50m backstroke in 56.30 seconds, while Shaun Andriamaro, who is ranked fifth with 59 points, took victory in the 100m breaststroke in 2:18.63. Third in this age category is Samuel Rossi with 126 points.

Martina Ceccato triumphed in the 50m backstroke in 57.63 seconds and 200m freestyle in 4:02.35 to continue to lead the girls’ 7-9 division with 206 points.

Fourth overall with 90 points, Emily Barnes won the 100m breaststroke in 2:19.95.
Second and third places are occupied by Nicole Grasselli Barni (163 points) and Sascha Flynn (138 points).

All 96 winning times clocked in the first four rounds of the series have gone down as new series records, and it is very likely that some could fall in the second half. All record breakers will get an extra two points.

At the end of the eight series, the points will be added up and the top-three finishers in each age category will receive prizes. There will also be a prize for the swimmer who has most points overall.

G. G.

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