TWO Harvest Christian School pupils made a splash at recent synchronised swimming competitions, earning themselves a place among the best in the country.
Nina Smith, 11, was awarded four gold medals at the SA level 2 synchronised swimming championships in East London in March which earned her the distinction of being ranked No1 in South Africa in her age group.
She took top honours in solo, duet, trio and figures.
Drew Anderson, 13, qualified for the u-15 national synchro squad that will travel to Spain at the end of the month.
This honour came after Drew won bronze in the combo, taking fourth place in figures and coming fifth in the solo event at the intermediate nationals in Durban in April.
In 2010, Nina was crowned the SA u-10 champion which resulted in her inclusion in the South African u-12 squad.
Last year she was ranked No1 in her age group once again.
Nina, who swims for the Aquabears under the guidance of her coach Moira Norden, began synchronised swimming in Grade 2 and earned her Eastern Province colours in 2009.
Hard work, enjoying what she does and her coach keeping her focused are Nina’s secrets to success.
“My goal is to swim in the Olympic Games when I am older. But for now I want to improve in each age group,” she said.
Drew, a member of the PE Ladies Synchro club, is excited to be travelling with the national team this month.
The young swimmer was selected for the u-12 SA squad last year but the side ended up not competing in any tournaments.
Drew started her synchro career in Grade 2 and enjoys its creativity opposed to regular swimming. She said she has achieved her goal of making the SA side.