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MBABANE – She is sensational. That is shining 11-year-old Swim Lab swimmer Hayley Hoy, who has broken a 19-year-old national record in the girls’ 11-12 400m freestyle. She clocked 05:27:35 minutes to set the new national record. She smashed Spence’s record of 5:45:07 minutes in the year 2000.

Hoy, who bagged eight gold medals in the Mpumalanga Championships that ended on Sunday, also set a new record in the championships in the 50m butterfly stroke where she finished first with a time of 33:90 seconds. In second place was Cathrijn Davel on 38:74 seconds.

Swim Lab Coach Welcome Nhlabatsi, who led the 15 swimmers to the three-day competition, said Hoy’s performance was of high standard and she was improving in every competition she was competing in.


“We are happy for her and she is really doing well. She was a joy to watch during the competitions and winning eight gold medals from one event was not a joke,” he said.
Swim Lab brought home 17 medals from the championships.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor VIVA water for keeping us hydrated during the hot weekend in Nelspruit. As a coach, I am so proud of these youngsters. Indeed there is light at the end of the tunnel.

All swimmers made it to the finals in their events even though some did not get a podium finish. I am so proud of all of them. I would also like to thank all the parents who drove to Mpumalanga and supported us during the competitions,” he said.

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