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SA stars off to Casablanca

A squad of 22 swimmers will represent the country at the Senior African Championships in Casablanca, Morocco  from 13-19 September 2010.

Included in the women’s team are the likes of Mandy Loots, a three-time Olympian, Kathryn Meaklim and fast improving backstroker Chanelle Van Wyk.┬á Loots is no stranger to international competition (three Olympic Games) and won four gold medals and a silver in the previous African Championships.

Meaklim has proven in the past she has the ability to deliver at big events when she set a world record in the 400m Individual Medley short course at the 2009 World Cup in Singapore. Meaklim also won a silver medal in the 400m IM at the Mare Nostrum Series in Canet, France in 2009.

On the men’s side, William Diering has returned to full time swimming after taking a sabbatical for 18 months to concentrate on his studies. Other swimmers taking to the water include Darren Murray, Wesley Gilchrist, Garth Tune and Jay-Cee Thompson.

Diering is the defending Africa 200m breaststroke champion and also won silver in 2008. Youngster Darren Murray, who gave notice of his potential with a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in India in 2008, picked up three silvers and gold at the African Championships, whilst Garth Tune waded in with the same medal tally, three silvers and gold 2008.

The team is clearly a mixture of experience and youth and should once again be the dominant force at the Championships.

Full team list:
Jessica Ashley-Cooper, Amanda Loots, Kathryn Meaklim, Bianca Meyer, Vanessa Mohr, Karin Prinsloo, Ronwyn Roper, Chanelle van Wyk, Leone Vorster, Rene Warnes, Jessica Roux – Open Water

Men: Lyle Aloile, Werner Bosman, Devon Myles Brown, William Diering, Wesley Gilchrist, Daniel Marais ÔÇô Open Water, Darren Murray, Abdul-Malick Railoun ÔÇô Open Water, Jay-Cee Thomson, Garth Tune, Neil Watson


Team Manager: Anton Jordaan, Assist Team Manager: Thanesh Marimuthu, Coaches: Igor Omeltchenko, Bianca Marais, Delon Dannhauser, Param Naidoo