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Six more Youth Olympic Qualification times on the fifth day of the SA National Aquatic Championships

Six more Youth Olympic Qualification times on the fifth day of the SA National Aquatic Championships
Port Elizabeth, Friday, 27th April 2018 - There was more impressive swimming on the fifth day of the SA National Aquatic Championships in Port Elizabeth as six new Youth Olympic Games qualification times were achieved.

Gauteng’s Mariella Venter once again demonstrated her incredible speed, racing to a Youth Olympic qualification time in the 200m backstroke semi-finals tonight, brining her total to an outstanding four A standards.

Venter was fast off the block and touched the wall in 2:13.71, to the required 2:17.83, while in the men’s semi-finals; Martin Binedell finished first in 2:01.13 ahead of Jarryd Baxter in 2:04.32. The final for both events will be held tomorrow.

The Youth Olympic qualification times were coming in fast for Dune Coetzee and Henju Duvenhage, adding the 100m butterfly to their ever growing list.

Coetzee finished the semi-finals with an A standard time of 1:01.51, while Duvenhage’s time was 55.33.

Western Cape’s Aimee Canny (14) posted her first Qualification time in the 50m freestyle semi-finals, finishing second in 26.43 behind Erin Gallagher in 25.79, while Gawie Nortje added the event to his Qualification times tally, also finishing second in 23.18 behind Douglas Erasmus in 22.96.

In the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke, 14 year old Lara van Niekerk also clocked her first Qualification time in 32.27, while Michael Houlie made it two by finishing first in a Qualification time of 28.37.

In the multi-disability 50m backstroke, Ethan Paulse (S14), Franco Smit (S12), Michaela Kretzen (S14) and Katelyn Marais (S9) topped the medal podium in 32.74, 31.02, 39.87 and 43.59, while Paulse and Kretzen also bagged the 100m freestyle gold medals in 58.92 and 1:13.19, respectively.

The remaining freestyle gold medals went to Paralympian Hendri Herbst (S11) in 1:01.32 and Alani Ferreira (S13) in 1:08.55.

The SA National Aquatic Championships will conclude tomorrow with the heats session starting at 09:30, while the finals will begin at 18:00 daily.

The staging of this event has been made possible through the support provided by Swimming SA partners, Sport and Recreation South Africa, SASCOC, National Lotteries Commission, Arena and Rand Water.

A Qualifying Times – Youth Olympic Games – Day 05:

  • Michael Houlie – 100m breaststroke – 1:02.57
  • Michael Houlie – 50m breaststroke – 28.37 (SF)
  • Christin Mundell – 100m breaststroke – 1:10.72
  • Christin Mundell – 200m individual medley – 2:18.31
  • Christin Mundell – 200m breaststroke – 2:29.96
  • Mariella Venter – 100m backstroke – 1:01.86
  • Mariella Venter – 200m individual medley – 2:18.35
  • Mariella Venter – 50m backstroke – 29.55
  • Mariella Venter – 200m backstroke – 2:13.71 (SF)
  • Kerryn Herbst – 50m backstroke – 29.81
  • Henju Duvenhage – 50m backstroke – 26.57
  • Henju Duvenhage – 100m butterfly – 55.33 (SF)
  • Kate Beavon – 200m freestyle – 2:03.27
  • Kate Beavon – 400m freestyle – 4:14.58
  • Dune Coetzee – 200m butterfly – 2:14.73
  • Dune Coetzee – 400m freestyle – 4:14.82
  • Dune Coetzee – 100m butterfly – 1:01.51 (SF)
  • Ethan du Preez – 200m butterfly – 2:02.73
  • Ruan Breytenbach – 200m butterfly – 2:03.49
  • Tiago Cordeiro – 200m butterfly – 2:03.26
  • Riccardo di Domenico – 50m butterfly – 25.00 (SF)
  • Luan Grobbelaar – 200m individual medley – 2:05.82
  • Gawie Nortje – 100m freestyle – 50.81
  • Gawie Nortje – 50m freestyle – 23.18 (SF)
  • Paige Brombacher – 200m breaststroke – 2:31.93
  • Aimee Canny – 50m freestyle – 26.43 (SF)
  • Lara van Niekerk – 50m breaststroke – 32.27 (SF)

*SF – semi-final


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Its objective is to encourage the practice of aquatic disciplines for all in South Africa with the purpose of promoting swimming as a life skill through Learn To Swim programmes; providing healthy exercise to South Africans of all ages and races; recruiting recreational swimmers to compete in the various competitions; and promoting competition and athlete development to the highest level. Swimming South Africa is kindly supported by SASCOC, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Arena, Sport & Recreation SA and Rand Water.