By Oscar Pilipili and Ernest Ndunda
Coast swimmers grabbed five medals in South Africa Level Two Gala in Durban as Safaricom made its entry into the sport by sponsoring Nairobi Swimming Association (NASA) Junior Championships in Nairobi.
Maria who holds several national records won gold in girls 100m breast after she clocked one minute 25.09 seconds with Burhanuddin Chandabhai winning silver with a time of 1:25.10.
In girlsâ 200m freestyle, Maria added a bronze medal after she posted a time of 2:31. 94.
Shaan Vora won silver in100m butterfly in 1:16.63 while Chandabhai won bronze 1:19.65.
Nobby Obuya was the only boy with outstanding performance after he managed fourth position in 50m backstroke in 37.53.
In Nairobi, junior and masters swimmers converged at Aga Khan High School to compete in Safaricom-sponsored Nasa Junior Championships that attracted a bumper entry.
Manuel Karanja of Makini School starred in boysâ under7 25m backstroke after she won the event in 21.94. Jay Jasani of Braeside was second in 25.08 while Karl Murugu of Aga Khan Nairobi clocked 25.35 to finish third.
Karanja said: "I was well prepared for the race because my coach (Paul Oduor) trained me well. Iâll continue to train hard and win more competitions in future."
Girls honours went to Victoria Okumu of Braeside who clocked 21.62 to relegate Neema Kariuki of Makini to runner-up position with 24.47.