It was another day of spectacular performances from South Africa’s raising talent in East London, Kimberley and Germiston as the Telkom SA Level 1 Age Group Swimming Championships ended on Sunday.
The regional events, in partnership with Sport and Recreation SA, have seen three days of fast times and great potential from both schools and swimming clubs.
At the Joan Harrison Swimming Pool in East London, 15-year-old Wijnand Otto from Western Province added a gold and silver to his medal tally. Otto finished over six seconds ahead of the pack in the 200-metre backstroke with a time of 2:37.79, with Suhail Faruk claiming the silver in 2:43.93.
Later in the evening, Otto finished with the silver in the 50m freestyle (28.27) behind Eastern Province’s Jason Woodley who clocked 27.44. Woodley followed that performance by claiming another gold medal in the 50m breaststroke when he touched the wall in 35.21.
On the girls side, 16-year-old Jordan Bartlett won gold in the 50m freestyle with a time of 29.89. Liza Bahlmann took the silver in 30.57 and Chante Jarvis ended with the bronze in 30.79. In the 50m breaststroke, Bahlmann went one better when she bagged the gold with a fast 39.84.
Nine-year-old Joshua Hamilton from Bloemfontein was the star of the final day in Kimberley, when he won two gold and two silver medals. In the 200m backstroke and the 50m breaststroke he touched the wall in a golden 2:58.11 and 40.50 respectively while in the 100m butterfly and the 50m freestyle, he claimed silver in 1:27.76 and 32.63.
The Van Niekerk brothers from Upington again finished in first and second position, with Neil being finishing with a time of 36:24 in the 50m breaststroke and James taking the silver in 36.35.
Ludwig van Jaarsveld had a fast time of 1:12.69 in the 100m butterfly, adding a gold to his three medals from the first two days of competition.
Despite the challenge of the wet weather conditions in Gauteng, at the Delville Swimming Pool in Germiston, Lize-Marie de Beer walked away with two gold medals and silver. The 10-year-old won the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:24.09 while Claudia Kindervater came second in 1:26.62. Kindervater however sped to the gold ahead of De Beer in the 200m backstroke when she touched the wall in 2:47.07 with De Beer on 3:02.62.
Lize-Marie’s second gold came in the 50m freestyle in 32.28, with Anina Koekemoer finishing with the silver in 33.08. Koekemoer also swam to a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke in 42.03.
Swimming South Africa’s CEO, Shaun Adriaanse congratulated all the winners and participants for outstanding performances and a display of great talent.