Swimming: National Open Championships 2020 | 23 December 2020
Felicity Passon, Hayden Ah-Wan win highest Fina points
Reigning female swimmer and Sportswoman of the Year Felicity Passon and male swimmer Hayden Ah-Wan both produced the highlights of the National Open Swimming Championships which took place at Roche Caiman Swimming Pool last week to claim the highest International Swimming Federation cup.
A member of the Mahé Skimmers Sports Club, Passon won 722 International Swimming Federation (Fina) points after completing the 100m freestyle race in 57.64 seconds, while Ah-Wan won the highest Fina points – 665 – for his new record in the 50m butterfly in 25.51 seconds, erasing the old record of Mathieu Bachmann set at the Cana Zone IV this year.
Passon also finished as the competition’s best female swimmer, accumulating a total of 110 points.
She won the 50m backstroke (30.31 seconds), 200m individual medley (2:23.62), 400m freestyle (4:26.63), 50m butterfly (27.78 seconds), 100m freestyle (57.64 seconds), 200m backstroke (2:21.25), 50m breaststroke (37.09 seconds), 200m freestyle (2:06.57), 100m backstroke (1:04.21), 100m butterfly (1:03.8) and 50m freestyle (26.85 seconds).
Passon also broke her 200m freestyle record by stopping the clock at 2:06.57 to erase from the record books her previous best time of 2:07.53 set in April 2017 during the South Africa National Championship.
Despite not winning the highest Fina points, Tyler Fred finished as the best male swimmer, accumulating 64 points overall.
He won the 50m backstroke (28.97 seconds), 200m freestyle (2:04.34), 400m freestyle (4:32.55), while finishing second in the 50m butterfly (26.22 seconds) and third in the 50m freestyle (25..03 seconds).
In the handi-sports category, female swimmer Stephanie Mondon, gold medallist at the last two Indian Ocean Islands Games (IOIG) in Reunion (2015) and in Mauritius (2019), came out as the best swimmer with 20 points, while in the male category, Frederick Gappy emerged as the best with 40 points.
Mahé Skimmers Sports Club was the competition’s best team with 35 medals – 18 gold, 10 silver and seven bronze – finishing ahead of Aquafins who won three gold, one silver and seven bronze medals.
The top 11 female swimmers
- Felicity Passon – 110 points
- Isabelle Labuschagne – 58 points
- Therese Soukup – 42 points
- Lylie Mason – 40m points
- Tamera Apassamy – 22 points
- Khema Elizabeth – 20 points
- Tesjavi Kerai – 18 points
- Tiya Patel – 16 points
- Alina Muslun – 14 points
10. Emma Labuschagne ‒ 12 points
11. Nael Barreau ‒ 12 points
The top 11 male swimmers
- Tyler Fred – 64 points
- Hayden Ah-Wan – 52 points
- Lenel Ah-Wan – 44 points
- Alain Vidot – 38 points
- Joshua Miller – 36 points
- Yves Fock-Heng – 30 points
- Luca Soleil-Arnephy – 18 points
- Aiden Labrosse – 14 points
- Alexander Payet – 14 points
10. Thierry Payet – 14 points
11. Iwan Chang Lai Seng ‒ 12 points
Handi-sports – Female
- Stephanie Mondon – 20 points
Handi-sports – Male
- Frederick Gappy – 40 points
- Greham Jacques – 32 points
- Daniel Accouche – 6 points
1. Mahé Skimmers Sports Club – 18 gold, 10 silver, seven bronze
- Aquafins – eight gold, one silver, six bronze
- Toto Sports Club – six gold, five silver, one bronze
- Adventure Sports Club – four gold, three silver, five bronze
- Independent Swimmers – three gold , seven silver, six bronze
- Praslin Aquatic Sports Club – five silver, five bronze
- Veuve Swimming Club – four silver