The final night of action saw three more SA Age group records at the last session of the Telkom SA Level 3 Championships in Durban.
That brought the total number of South African Age group records set at the record-breaking championships to 13. If anything, the future of South African swimming seems to be in good hands.
Le Clos, already an established swimmer at international level with his gold medal winning performances at the Commonwealth Games and FINA world Short course championships last year, won eight titles in his swansong in age group swimming at this championships.
Vanessa Mohr, 16, set a record in the 100m butterfly. Her time of 59.44 seconds bettered Keri Shaw’s 2006 record from the first FINA World championships by 0.79 of a second. This was Mohr’s second record of the championship after bettering Lize-Marie Retief’s 50m butterfly record earlier in the competition.
Mohr had the best times at the competition compared to the world rankings. In the 50m butterfly her time from the championships sees her ranked eighth in the world rankings, and in the 100m she sits at 14th. There’s no doubt sports fans can look forward to seeing some true international class in the near future from this Pretoria youngster coming through the South African age group ranks.
Sydney Olympics silver medalist, Terence Parkin, set the 100m and 200m breaststroke SA age group records in January 1995. For more than 16 years those records stood unscathed until the weekend when Brenden Crawford, 14 of Bishop Bavin Seals reset both those records this week.
He lowered the 200m breaststroke record by 0.78 seconds to add to his 100m from Sunday evening. He swam in a close race against Mark Hunter from Seals recording 2m26.43 to Hunters 2m26.69, both stopping the clock under the previous record of 2min 27.31sec.
Fresh-faced Mathys Goosen from Waterborn set the third record of the final evening. He lowered the 100m butterfly record for 13-year olds set by Kristopher Matulovich in 2005 to 57.83.
Going into the final session of relays the tension was tangible as only four points separated the top two Clubs, Waterborn and Tuks, for the Club honors. Waterborn gave a tremendous effort through the relays ending victorious with 1229 points to Tuks’s 1199.