Copa da Natal 2008

On Saturday Dec 6th and Sunday Dec 7th I participated at the Copa da Natal hosted by the Flippers Team Locarno at the Centro Sportivo di Tenero.

For once we saw a rather crowded pool for a Finswimming meet with a new record participation for the Copa da Natal of 108 athletes from 7 different teams. There were of course the usual suspects from Switzerland but the highlight of the meet was without a doubt the participation of Stefano Figini (World Champion in the 400NP, 800NP and 1500NP) from Italy.

I did have a good meet but unfortunately got disqualified once for going over the 15m mark. My best efforts probably came from the 50m AP where I did get a 4th place finish and from my leg on the 4x100m NP relay where I split a 48.6 to help my team to a 2nd place finish. We also got a 2nd place on the 4c50m NP relay, behind the Nord Padania Team from Italy.

Next time I will return to Tenero, it will be for the 2009 Finswimming World Cup Stop. To finish up, here’s a picture of the wonderful Dauphins Genève Team.

Dauphins Geneve

More pictures from the event are available over at the FTL Gallery or on Ralph Hecksch website.

Full results can be downloaded as a pdf-file from this link.