On 26th of September 2015 swimmers aged 9 to 12 met from 32 Slovak swimming clubs in Slovak city Trencin. Here is a quick run down of the youngsters at the 4th round of the Slovak Cup.
Sabina Kupcova took part in this competition. She is 12 and swims for the club Aquasport Levice. Five years ago Sabina couldn’t even swim. She started with swimming because of parent’s suggestion – she was very tall for her age and swimming should have helped her to prevent problems with spine.
Her swimming career is quite short but despite of that, she has already become Slovak Champion 27 times and has achieved 40 Slovak records. On different competitions she has won 226 medals altogether. Butterfly, free, style and backstroke suit her the best from swimming styles.
Sabina considers a big achievement also her participation on International Swimming Meeting (ISM) in Berlin on the beginning of 2015. In tough international competition she managed to succeed and she was leaving with seven gold and one silver medals.
But not just medals make her happy. For twenty seven years Slovak Olympian Martina Moravcova has been holding the record of 28,92s in 50m freestyle in category of 11 years old girls. This record from January 1987 Sabina managed to break on Slovak Championships in December 2014. She improved Martina’s record by 44 hundredths of a second in time of 28,48s.
To the swimming competition in Trencin she arrived not just with other swimmers from her club but also with her parents, Anna and Peter. They support her in swimming in every way possible.
And what can be said about the result?
She broke two new records in category of 12 years old girls. In the 100m backstroke she swam one record in time of 1:07.65. The second record was in the 200m freestyle in time of 2:11.87.
And similarly to the record of Martina Moravcova this was 14 years old record, which Sabina managed to overcome. It was hold by Denisa Smolenova in time of 2:12.73.
Sabina is a big talent and we believe that we will definitely hear more about her in the future.
SwimSwam’s Peter Sukenik contributed to this report.