The Zimbabwe team for the 8th annual Confederation of Africa Zone Three and Four Invitational Swimming Championships left the country for Botswana on Monday.
A total 36 swimmers will be among the 400 athletes expected from the region at the championships, which get underway at the University of Botswana on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe will join 12 other African countries including hosts Botswana, who will be hosting an international swimming tournament for the first time.
Other countries that will battle for honours at the championships are Kenya, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Mauritius, Tanzania and Swaziland.
Last year Zimbabwe came out tops with 244 points, eclipsing hosts Kenya, who managed 237,5 points.
Zimbabwe has used this tournament as a platform to expose their development team.
In an interview before departure, the head of delegation for the team Mary Kloppers said she was confident the team would carry on from where they left last year.
“We have travelled with a development squad of very promising swimmers who we are confident will come back with some medals.
“The reason why we didn’t travel with our top swimmers is because we see this as an opportunity for our upcoming athletes to get exposure at the highest level.
“The swimmers are in the 11-17-year age group. We are expecting some medals after we managed to do exceptionally well at last year’s championships in Kenya,” said Kloppers
An eleven-member Zimbabwe team reaped an impressive 24 medals at the Zone Six Youth Games in Swaziland last month.