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Day 04 of the 2018 SA National Junior Age Group Championships in Durban

Day 04 of the 2018 SA National Junior Age Group Championships in Durban
Durban, Saturday, 24th March 2018 - Western Cape’s Hannah Kiely and the talented youngsters of Mzansi continued to impress during the fourth day of the SA National Junior Age Group Championships, taking place at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban.

The 17 year old was fastest in the 50m freestyle, the 200m individual medley and the 50m backstroke, clocking 27.13, 2:22.49 and 30.73, respectively, to bring her total to four gold medals and one silver in four days of competition.

In the fast pace 50m freestyle, the winners in the boy’s category were Enzo Nogueira (12) in 28.00, Namibia’s Mikah Burger (13) in 26.16, Matthew Sates (14) in 24.72, Kobus Groenewald (15) in 24.22, Gawie Nortje (16) in 23.53 and Jandre Moll (17) in 23.88, while on the ladies’ side, the victors were Amy Muller (12) in 29.06, Veronique Rossouw (13) in 27.04, Aimee Canny (14) in 26.70, Olivia Nel (15) in 26.76 and Lindi Cillie (16) in 26.91.

Nogueira also won the bronze in the 200m individual medley in 2:30.51, while Sates claimed the silver in the medley race, clocking 2:10.66.

14 year old Sates ended the fourth day of competition with a second silver medal in the 50m backstroke, touching the wall in 28.71, while Nel won her backstroke race to make it two with a time of 30.03.

In the remaining 200m individual medley events, Kian Keylock (12), Pieter Coetzee (13), Ruan Breytenbach (15), Henju Duvenhage (16) and Louw Oberholzer (18) bagged the gold in 2:24.67, 2:20.10, 2:07.66, 2:06.19 and 2:08.88, respectively.

Coetzee and Duvenhage won their second gold medals of the night in the 50m backstroke in 29.00 and 26.57, respectively.

In the ladies’ medley races, Michaela Dal Medico scooped the U12 gold in 2:33.69, Emma Kuhn bagged the 13 year old category gold in 2:28.48, Sune Liebenberg topped the 14 year category in 2:22.17, Rebecca Meder (15) added another gold to her tally in 2:16.84 and Christin Mundell (16) clocked 2:18.90 in her respective age group event.

In her final event of the evening, Meder’s time of 9:00.84 won her the silver in the 800m freestyle behind her sister, Abi Meder (17) in 8:56.86 and ahead of Jordan-Jenna Rolfe in 9:08.88, while in the 12-14 age group section, Hannah Robertson (13) was fastest in 9:16.86, over 11secs ahead of Trinity Hearne (14) in 9:28.99 and Lize Coetzee (13) in 9:34.07.

In the long distance 1500m freestyle, Ethan du Preez celebrated a well deserved win in 16:19.07, just over 20secs ahead of Zander Landman in 16:39.38 and Joshua Ashley in 16:46.25, while in the 15-18 category, James Freeman, Aryan Makhija and Breytenbach made up the medal podium in 15:47.71, 15:52.06 and 16:01.00, respectively.

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


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