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The SA Level 3 National Age Group Swimming Championship gets underway in Port Elizabeth

The SA Level 3 National Age Group Swimming Championship gets underway in Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth, Friday, 18th March 2016 - The SA Level 3 National Age Group Swimming Championship got off to a flying start tonight as the rising talent of Mzansi raced to fast times at Port Elizabeth’s Newton Park Swimming Pool.

The first session of the competition comprised of the 400m freestyle events and the first title went to 12 year old Luca Holtzhausen from KZN in 4:31.41 ahead of Zander Landman (12) in 4:33.37 and Joshua Ashley (12) in 4:40.08.

Western Cape’s Dylan Wright (13) scooped the gold in his category with a time of 4:13.93, while Ruan Breytenbach finished second in 4:15.45 and Joaquin Gonzalez third in 4:30.04.

The 14 age group race was won by Cape Town’s Luan Grobbelaar in 4:14.99 with Herne Louw coming in second in 4:19.03 and James Freeman third in a close 4:19.48.

15 year old Tiago Cordeiro from KZN was victorious in his event in 4:12.69, as the silver medal went to Riccardo di Domenico in 4:12.80 and the bronze to Lukas van der Merwe in 4:14.41, while the 16 year age category gold was claimed by Gauteng’s Roberto Gomes in 4:04.59 ahead of Rance Gower-Winter in 4:11.99 and Christopher Aubin in 4:12.97.

The 17-18 age group category saw some fast times from KZN’s Josh Dannhauser, who grabbed the gold medal in 3:57.89 ahead of Brendan Levy in 4:04.15 and Eben Vorster in 4:04.91.

On the ladies side, Tuks’ Sune Liebenberg (12) was quick off the block to win her category race in 4:43.75, while the 13 age group event title went to Cape Town’s up and coming Rebecca Meder in 4:24.59.

The silver in the 12 & U race was claimed by Kelly Crous in 4:46.77 and the bronze by Kirsten de Goede in 4:46.84, while the 13 age group second place went to Dune Coetzee in 4:29.63, with Gina Miller taking the third position in 4:39.51.

Stellenbosch’s Kiara Noades (14) made her way to the top of the medal podium in 4:29.14, while Jordan-Jenna Rolfe finished second in 4:30.57 and Becky Wallis third in 4:33.61.

Fresh from the SA Swimming Grand Prix, Kate Beavon (15) was in top form, winning her age group race in 4:20.53 ahead of Abi Meder in 4:32.03 and Lize-Mari de Beer in 4:34.36, while the Free State’s Dane Steyn was top of the 16 age group event in 4:31.33, with Kiyana Bartleson coming in second in 4:35.32 and Amber Smith third in 4:38.96.

Tuks’ Samantha Randle finished off the evening session by winning the gold in the 17-18 age group category in 4:28.29 ahead of Sule van der Merwe in 4:31.19 and Marne Frylinck in 4:31.72.

The SA Level 3 National Age Group Swimming Championship continue tomorrow with the heats session starting at 08h30 and the finals at 17h00.

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Swimming South Africa Marketing Manager
Godfrey Monei
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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.