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Sunday, 10 February 2013 14:37

Swimming: Glenwood's Reuben wins Midmar Mile

Local swimmers dominated the podium on the Sunday morning races at the aQuellé Midmar Mile in warm, windless overcast conditions that made for ideal fast racing, while iconic 80 year old Mike "Buthy" Arbuthnot completed his cleansweep of 80 swims in the races 40th anniversary celebrations.

ReubenSchoemanWins1Durban star schoolgirl Tasmin-Lee Tennant won the day’s first race in the 13-and-under age category, leading the older women home. Tennant, an 800m freestyle specialist, hit the front early on and maintained her pace to record a very convincing victory in 21 minutes and 52 seconds, over 50 seconds ahead of second placed Robyn Kinghorn, with Charlise Oberholzser finished third, all from Action Swim Academy.

“I struggled a little bit with my line, but I figured it out in the end,” Tennant said after the victory, which came in her very first attempt at the Midmar Mile. “I tried to hold the same speed the whole way,” she added, revealing the key to her win.

The boys and men's age groups echoed their female counterparts, with local athletes dominating, 2012D2TennentSwims1despite the fact that the majority of entrants at this year's event hailed from Gauteng.

Glenwood’s Reuben Schoeman added another KZN scalp by winning the Boys 13-and-under title, from Luke Erwee in second and Cameron Pennell third with a time of 12 mins and 19 seconds.

Schoeman said he was surprised to win, but he used the element of surprise to drop his nearest challengers by sprinting away from the start. “I didn’t plan to sprint,” he said, “but I just decided to go all out. I’m very proud of myself.”

Like the girls’ winner Tasmin Lee Tennant, Schoeman trains under top coach Alistair Hatfield.

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