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Day 01 of the SA National Junior Age Group Swimming Championships

Day 01 of the SA National Junior Age Group Swimming Championships
Durban, Wednesday, 20th March 2019 - The Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban is hosting some of SA’s top rising talent, as the South African National Junior Age Group Championships got underway today with the 400m freestyle events.

This year’s competition also doubles as the official trials for the 7th FINA Junior World Swimming Championships and 14 year old Hannah Roberson was the first to add her name to the list in a golden time of 4:23.44, to the 4:23.82 requirement, followed by Leigh McMorran in 4:27.29 and Kelly-Ann Brown in 4:27.63, while on the boy’s side Leshen Pillay clocked 4:17.37 to win the gold ahead of Reece Johnson in 4:19.95 and Thomas Forbes in 4:26.47.

Ethan du Preez (15) and Matthew Sates (15) both raced under the 4:05.53 FINA qualification requirement when they bagged the gold and silver in 4:00.73 and 4:03.27, with the bronze going to Luca Holtzhausen (15) in 4:06.05, while Aimee Canny, Sune Liebenberg and Trinity Hearne  made up the ladies’ medal podium in 4:27.63, 4:29.78 and 4:31.02, respectively.

The FINA Junior World Championships qualification times were coming in fast as Ruan Breytenbach (16) and Gavin Smith (16) added their names to the list in 4:01.37 and 4:04.20, while Dune Coetzee (16) and Rebecca Meder (16) also swam under the requirement in 4:15.02 and 4:19.48, winning the gold and silver in the process. The bronze medals went to Gina Miller (16) in 4:31.89 and Dylan Wright (16) in 4:07.53.

In the 17-18 age group races, Botswana’s James Freeman swam to a golden qualification time of 3:56.40 ahead of Calvin Coetzee in 4:02.21 and Dante Nortje in 4:06.08, while Kate Beavon (18) walked away with the ladies’ gold in 4:19.10 to Janie Coetzer’s 4:25.73 and Jordan-Jenna Rolfe’s 4:26.98.

In the U12 category, Keegan Wright (12) claimed the gold in 4:40.54 ahead of MJ Findlay (12) in 4:40.79 and Connor Reinders (12) in 4:40.83, while on the ladies’ side it was Kairah George (12) who won the top spot in 4:48.42, followed by Timara Froneman (11) in 4:52.40 and Zoe Griffiths (12) in 4:59.98.

Namibia’s Jose Canjulo, Kian Keylock and Ross Paterson made up the 13 age group medal podium in 4:19.73, 4:20.89 and 4:21.41, while Ruby Dixon, Tazmyn Robson and Samantha Lowman scooped the gold, silver and bronze medals in the ladies’ category in 4:35.05, 4:38.69 and 4:43.25, respectively.

The SA National Junior Age Group Championships will continue tomorrow with the heats starting at 08h30 and the finals beginning at 17h00.

SA Qualifying Times – FINA World Swimming Championships – Day 01:

Hannah Robertson (14) – 400m freestyle – 4:23.44

Dune Coetzee (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:15.02

Rebecca Meder (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:19.48

Ethan du Preez (15) – 400m freestyle – 4:00.73

Matthew Sates (15) – 400m freestyle – 4:03.27

Ruan Breytenbach (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:01.37

Gavin Smith (16) – 400m freestyle – 4:04.20


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