Port Elizabeth sensation Jessica Liss has her sights set on┬árepresenting SA at the FINA World Championships this year┬áand will be looking to post a qualifying time in the 200m┬ábreaststroke when the Telkom SA National Championships, take place at the┬áKings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban from April 14-19.┬á
Liss, 13, from Collegiate High School, who narrowly missed out on qualifying┬á
for the SA team for last year’s Beijing Olympics, has a 200m┬ábreaststroke best of 2 min 28.55 and will need to swim close to this time in┬áorder to dip under the World Championship qualifying mark of 2:28.71.┬á
ÔÇ£Liss has enormous respect for the SA team swimmers,ÔÇØ said her coach Garreth┬á
KwaZulu-Natal’s Kathryn Meaklim is also expected to take part in the 200m breaststroke, and her presence could well help Liss towards a┬áqualifying time. She (Liss) isn’t often challenged in the 200m┬ábreaststroke, so it will be interesting to see how she will do when she is┬ápushed by top swimmers like Meaklim.┬á
Liss recently won 6 gold medals at the Telkom SA Level 03 (under 18) Age┬áGroup Championships held in Sasolburg.┬á
With the likes of the highly experienced Mandy Loots set to be challenging┬áfor further medals in the butterfly and individual medley events where she┬áwill be tested by African 200m butterfly record-holder Meaklim,┬áswimming enthusiasts are in for a week of high quality aquatics.┬á
Add in Western Province’s 200m individual medley record-holder Jessica┬áPengelly and backstroke star Chanelle van Wyk and the Kings Park Aquatics┬áCentre is the place to be next week.