Christin Mundell and Kate Beavon led the way as the Youth Olympics qualification shortlist continued to grow on Thursday’s fourth night of swimming action at the SA National Aquatic Championships in Port Elizabeth.
There were two qualification times in the 200m breaststroke with Mundell and Paige Brombacher both swimming under the required 2min 35.43sec.
Mundell scooped the silver in 2:29.96 and 14-year-old Brombacher the bronze in 2:31.93. Kaylene Corbett walked away with the gold in 2:29.90, while in the men’s event, Commonwealth Games swimmer Ayrton Sweeney raced past the competition with a quick 2:14.64 to Alaric Basson’s 2:17.78 and Bailey Musgrave’s 2:18.13.
Gauteng’s Beavon and Duné Coetzee (also both Team SA swimmers at the Games in Gold Coast) dominated the 400m freestyle to clock Youth Olympic qualification times of 4:14.58 and 4:14.81 respectively, while Brent Szurdoki (3:54.81), Jarryd Baxter (3:56.80) and Jacques Janse van Rensburg (3:58.86) – the first two recently back from Australia – made up the medal podium in the men’s race.
Gawie Nortje (16) confirmed his qualifying time in the 100m freestyle, claiming the silver medal in 50.81 ahead of Jacques van Wyk in 51.22 and behind Douglas Erasmus in 50.66, while Erin Gallagher was quick off the block in a golden 55.74 followed by Emma Chelius in 57.17 and Aimee Canny in 57.40.
Gallagher (pictured above) also won the gold in the 50m backstroke in 29.44, while the silver and bronze medallists, Marialla Venter and Kerryn Herbst, were more than happy with their Youth Olympic Qualification times of 29.55 and 29.81, respectively.
Venter told Team SA‘s Mark Etheridge: ‘I’m very happy with my qualifications at seniors – especially having some pressure to perform after coming back from a tough competition and a long trip back from Gold Coast, which was an awesome experience as a swimmer, being able to race some of the fastest swimmers in the world at the moment.
‘I just tried to start the meet with a positive mindset, after not swimming the times I expected to swim at Commonwealth, and wanted to see how many Youth Olympic Qualifiers I could swim.’
In the men’s 50m backstroke, Henju Duvenhage took home the silver medal in a Qualification time of 26.57, while Van Wyk went two better to win the gold in 25.78 and Martin Binedell the bronze in 26.61.
The 200m butterfly final saw three qualifying times from Ethan du Preez (14), who won the silver in 2:02.73; Tiago Cordeiro (17), who claimed the bronze in 2:03.26 and Ruan Breytenbach (15), who finished fourth in 2:03.26, while the gold medal went to Daniel Ronaldson in 2:00.47.
In the multi-disability 100m breaststroke, the gold medals went to Michaela Kretzen (SB14), Rio 2016 Paralympian Alani Ferreira (SB13), Raymond de Freitas (SB14) and Johann van Heerden (SB9) in 1:49.10, 1:26.87, 1:23.83 and 1:12.16 respectively.
The SA National Aquatic Championships continue on Friday with the heats session starting at 9:30am, while the finals will begin at 6pm 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
– Michael Houlie-100m breaststroke-1:02.57
– Christin Mundell-100m breaststroke-1:10.72
– Mundell-200m individual medley-2:18.31
– Mundell-200m breaststroke-2:29.96
– Mariella Venter-100m backstroke-1:01.86
– Venter-200m individual medley-2:18.35
– Venter-50m backstroke-29.55
– Kerryn Herbst-50m backstroke-29.81
– Henju Duvenhage – 50m backstroke-26.57
– Kate Beavon-200m freestyle-2:03.27
– Beavon-400m freestyle-4:14.58
– Duné Coetzee-200m butterfly-2:14.73
– Coetzee-400m freestyle-4:14.82
– 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
– Paige Brombacher-200m breaststroke-2:31.93
Photos: Beavon (main picture) and Gallagher in PE action, by Clinton Begley/NMB Aquatics