Eight gold, five silver and four bronze medals came the way of the South African swimming team as the second last day of the CANA Zone IV Swimming Championships came to a close in Malawi on Friday.
There was no stopping 16-year-old JP Seyffert as he bagged two more gold medals, winning the 400-metre freestyle in 4min 15.88sec ahead of Mauritius’ Ryan Kok Shun in 4:17.32 and Botswana’s Andile Bekker in 4:17.44 and the 200m backstroke in 2:11.36, followed by Kok Shun in 2:16.13 and Bekker in 2:16.90.
Seyffert also scooped the bronze in the 100m butterfly in 59.00, behind team-mate Rogan Shepherd, who won the silver in 58.24, as well as the silver in the 100m breaststroke in 1:05.36.
Fourteen-year-old Keagon Mnyaka continued to showcase his skills in the pool, claiming gold in the 100m butterfly and 100m breaststroke races in 1:00.95 and 1:11.56, respectively, while in the 200m backstroke, 14-year-old Faiyaz Adams finished with the silver medal in 2:19.77.
In the U14 400m freestyle, Lize-Marie Davidson (14) and Hannah Cromhout (14) added the silver and bronze medals to their tally, clocking 4:40.65 and 4:51.36, respectively, while in the 15 and over age group, Chenay Date Line (16) managed a third place finish with a time of 4:51.39.
Davidson went one better in the 200m backstroke, winning the event in 2:26.42
Later on in the day finals, Date Line celebrated a well deserved gold in the 100m butterfly, clocking a fast 1:10.49, over 6secs ahead of Botswana’s Ruvarashe Gondo in 1:17.88 and Swaziland’s Nadia Volschank in 1:19.48.
Ashton Volkwyn (15) walked away with the top spot in the 100m breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:19.28.
In the U14 4 x 100m mixed medley relay, Adams, Mnyaka, Cromhout and Candice Clifton-Smith celebrated their first place finish in 4:30.16, while in the 15 and over mixed relay, Seyffert, Volkwyn, Shepherd and Date Line took home the silver in 4:16.96.
In the 4 x 100m freestyle relay event, Adams, Mnyaka, Seyffert and Shepherd won the bronze in 3:46.49.
South Africa are now second on the medals table with a total of 43 medals (19 of them gold) while Zambia are top with 64 (20 gold).
– Meanwhile the fast times continued on the third day of the SA National Junior Age Group Championships at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban on Friday.
Kaylene Corbett (18) was in top Commonwealth Games form as she sped past the opposition to take home the title in the 100m breaststroke, clocking 1:11.51 to Jade Neser’s 1:12.94 and Tatum Peyerl’s 1:14.23.
In the tightly contested 50m butterfly, Duné Coetzee (15) also continued her Commonwealth Games preparation with a silver medal, touching the wall in 28.61 ahead of Kerryn Herbst in 28.65 and behind winner Olivia Nel in 28.49.
In the U12 100m freestyle, Elijah Dredge, Enzo Nogueira and Kian Keylock made up the medal podium in 1:00.42, 1:00.99 and 1:02.01, respectively, while in the 13-year-old category, the winners were Ryan Zasas in 56.89, Namibia’s Mikah Burger in 57.74 and Pieter Coetze in 58.15.
Keylock also went on to win the 100m breaststroke in 1:13.60 as well as claim a silver in the 50m butterfly in 29.52, while Zasas managed a silver in the breaststroke event with a time of 1:10.75.
Luca Holtzhausen (54.15), Matthew Sates (54.41) and Ethan du Preez (54.94) were victorious in the 14-year-old age group breaststroke, with the medalists in the 15 year old event going to Ethan Spieker in 53.06, Chad Mayer in 53.52 and Kobus Groenewald in 53.67.
Sates claimed his second silver of the evening in the 100m breaststroke in 1:07.40 and followed that performance with a gold in the 50m butterfly in 25.89, ahead of Holtzhausen in 26.89, while Du Preez walked away with the silver in the 400m individual medley in 4:45.20 ahead of Zander Landman in 4:45.75 and behind Matthew Randle in 4:40.19.
In the remaining 400m individual medley events, the men’s 15-18 gold went to Ruan Breytenbach (15) in 4:30.20 to Henju Duvenhage’s 4:35.15 and Dante Nortje’s 4:38.80, while on the ladies’ side, Sune Liebenberg’s time of 5:09.69 saw her win the gold, over 7secs ahead of Jana Botha’s 5:17.42.
Duvenhage also won the gold in the 50m butterfly in 25.43.
Matthew Bosch claimed the gold in the 100m freestyle (16 year old category) in 52.20, ahead of Gawie Nortje in 52.32 and James Freeman in 52.58, while Calvin Coetzee was the winner in the 17-18 section in 52.08, followed by Luke Cillie in 52.41 and Jandre Moll in 52.47.
In the girls’ 100m freestyle races, the U12 title went to Amy Muller in 1:03.03 with Dieu Dene van Jaarsveld claimed the silver in 1:03.50 and Abigail Rululu the bronze in 1:03.72, while in the 13 age group category, it was Veronique Rossouw who finished first in 58.54 ahead of Hannah Robertson in 58.89 and Chloe le Roux in 1:00.98.
Muller also went on to finish second in the 50m butterfly in 30.74, while Rossouw won her second gold in the same event with a time of 28.50.
Aimee Canny, Kirsten de Goede and Brooklyn Croxon won the 14 year old category freestyle race in 57.31, 59.15 and 59.55, while golden girl Rebecca Meder (15) scooped the gold in her respective age group event in 57.80, followed by Georgia Nel in 58.78 and Herbst and Nel, who both ended in 58.88.
Meder was not done for the day, as she also won the 400m individual medley in 4:53.55, while De Goede added another silver in the 50m butterfly in 29.20.
The gold, silver and bronze in the 16 year old freestyle went to Ally Chrislett in 58.88, Lindi Cillie in 59.59 and Janie Coetzee in 59.79, while Marine Nortje bagged the 17-18 title in 58.65 ahead of Hannah Kiely in 58.81 and Taneal Baptiste in 59.92.
The gold medals in the 100m breaststroke various age groups went to Imke Koch (12) in 1:17.46, Emma Kuhn (13) in 1:15.48, Paige Brombacher (14) in 1:11.94, Tailyn Seyffert (15) in 1:12.71 and Christin Mundell (16) in 1:10.21.
The SA National Junior Age Group Championships will continue Saturday with finals beginning at 5pm.
Picture of Danielle Ontong, bronze medallist in the CANA 14 Under event, supplied