South African Swimming Championships 

2008 - Durban

SA's lead swimmers race to thrilling Olympic times

1 April 2008

Melissa Corfe OlympicsDay3SwimmingfjVNE2ylCvZx

Melissa Corfe


South Africa’s leading swimmers failed to disappoint as they raced to 11 Olympic qualifying times on the opening day of the Telkom National Swimming Championships that got underway at the Kings Park Pool in Durban yesterday.

Only two individual finals were contested last night, the women and men 400m freestyle where Melissa Corfe and Wendy Trott produced the swim of the night and Jean Basson followed with an outstanding performance completely out on his own as they secured their Olympic spots.

But it was the opening race where Lize-Mari Retief set the tone after coming within 0,07sec of the OQT in the women’s 50m freestyle, Clocking a sizzling 25,50sec – Retief at least broke the SA and Africa mark of 25,64sec. She will have another opportunity tonight in the final to get under the 25,43sec QT.

Then the men’s 50m freestyle saw no less than five QT’s as Roland Schoeman retained his top spot with a 22,12sec sprint, but a flying Gideon Louw certainly put the pressure on with a brilliant swim to steal the second position in his first OQT with a 22,24sec.

Lyndon Ferns squeezed in at third spot in 22,28sec and an encouraging 22,29sec personal best from Ryk Neethling argues well for the remainder of the championships. Gerhard Zandberg completed the list of qualifiers in 22,30sec – so tonight's final is a race not to be missed.

It was the 400m freestyle that followed and a fired-up Corfe raced ahead of her arch-rival Trott in the first half. As expected, Trott began to make her presence felt as she closed in on the final metres, but this time Corfe was not going to ease up and she went on to one of her best performances ever to clock 4:08,70 to shatter her SA and Africa record of 4:11,66 set in December.

Trott was so close as she achieved her OQT as well in 4:08,88 – both hugging each other afterward.

“I am so happy I have achieved this time early on in the championships,” said Corfe. “It is a huge relief after so many years of hard work.”

Trott supported this. “We have worked really hard and coming second in an Olympic QT certainly makes up for not winning.”

Not to be outdone, Arizona based Jean Basson gave mentor and coach Peter Williams plenty to smile about as he swam the second half of the 400m freestyle faster than the first half to clock up his first OQT in an amazing time of 3:49,68. Basson has been quietly prepared during his age group years by Williams who as a former world record holder, knows what it takes at this level.

Suzaan van Biljon managed to produce OQT’s in both the heats and semi-final to show it was no fluke that her form is back. She went a 1:08,98 in the morning before slicing a further 0,43sec off the time – and she still has another attempt to go faster in the final tonight.

Cameron van der Burgh was confident in achieving the QT in the semi-final too. He took it out in 28,40sec to end on an outstanding 1:01,25 – also under the QT of 1:01,57. His SA record is 1:01,12 and that should fall tonight.

17-year-old Sebastien Rousseau may well have missed the QT in the 200m butterfly, but he broke his own Africa and SA record by a second to clock a magnificent 1:58,73 - and just needs another 1,06sec faster tonight to get that QT. Out on his own may be tough but he did look as though he could improve a little more.

Other finals tonight that will continue with the standards already set will be the women’s 200m butterfly where veteran Mandy Loots still enjoys the top berth. But she will have her work cut out with Kathryn Meaklim and Keri Shaw breathing down her neck. They are chasing a 2:10,84 and need to improve a fair bit if they want to keep their Beijing hopes alive.

Corfe was content to cruise a little when she took to the water for the 200m backstroke, but a great dual developed between Jessica Pengelly and Clare Archibald in the second semi-final. So with Archibald also improving substantially, achieving the 2:12,73 QT looks more of a reality.

25-year-old George du Rand looked set to achieve his QT of 1:59,72 in the men's 200m backstroke as he stroked well ahead in the first semi-final. The SA record holder at 1:58,81 was marginally slower with a 2:00,73 and he must now pull out all the stops to ensure he uses his best chance for a QT to his best advantage.

For City fans, Olympic gold medallist Darian Townsend arrived safely in Durban yesterday after missing his flight due to security delays in the USA. He tackles the 200m freestyle heats and semi-final today.

The only other event on the programme this morning is the women’s 800m freestyle.

https://www.news24.com/Archives/Witness/SAs-lead-swimmers-race-to-thrilling-Olympic-times-20150430


South African Championships: Roland Schoeman, Lize-Mari Retief Win Sprints on Second Day

 

DURBAN, South Africa, April 2.

ROLAND Schoeman and Lize-Mari Retief each scored victories in their respective 50 freestyle events during the second night of swimming at the South African Championships.

Schoeman clocked a time of 21.90 to win the 50, while Gideon Louw (22.06), Lyndon Ferns (22.22) and Ryk Neethling (22.96) all clocked Olympic qualifying marks.

Retief earned a legit shot to be selected for Beijing as well when she clocked a 25.24 to win the 50 free.

Cameron van der Burgh won the men's 100 breaststroke with an African record time of 1:01.04, while Suzaan van Biljon won the women's 100 breast in 1:08.61.

Melissa Corfe, who set the South African record in the 400 free last night, won the 200 back in 2:10.03. Jean Basson, also a 400 free victor, grabbed an Olympic qualifying time in the 200 free with a semifinal time of 1:47.93.

Sebastien Rousseau grabbed the South African record in the men's 200 fly with a time of 1:58.03, while Kathryn Meaklim won the women's 200 fly in 2:12.52 to down Mandy Loots (2:13.34).

Men:

Final: 50m freestyle: 1 R Schoeman (NT) 21.90, 2 G Louw (NT) 22.06, 3 L Ferns (NT) 22.22

Final: 100m breaststroke: 1 C van der Burgh (NT) 1:01.04 (African record), 2 W Diering (NT) 1:02.04, 3 B Fergusson (NT) 1:04.33

Final: 200m backstroke: 1 C van Zyl (KZ) 2:02.20, 2 G du Rand (FS) 2:02.96, 3 D Murray (NT) 2:04.19

Final: 200m butterfly: 1 S Rousseau (WP) 1:58.03, 2 R Kluever (WP) 2:02.06, 3 J Faure (WP) 2:03.47

Women:

Final: 50m freestyle: 1 L Retief (NT) 25.24 (NT) 25.24, 2 T Maree (FS) 26.16, 3 E Werth (CG) 26.40

Final: 200m backstroke: 1 M Corfe (KZ) 2:10.03 (SA record), 2 C Archibald (CG) 2:14.44, 3 J Pengelly (WP) 2:14.75

Final: 200m butterfly: 1 K Meaklim (KZ) 2:12.52, 2 M Loots (CG) 2:13.34, 3 C Lategan (WP) 2:14.84

Final: 100m breaststroke: 1 S van Biljon (NT) 1:08.61, 2 J Liss (EP) 1:12.16, 3 C Mower (KZ) 1:12.69

Final: 800m freestyle: 1 KZ 8:22.72, 2 WP 8:23.01, 3 WP 8:44.30

Final: Disability – Men: 100m breastroke: 1 K Paul (EP) SB class 1:12.19, 2 T Slattery (CG) SB5 class 1:36.98, 3 C Groenewald (CG) SB14 class 1:18.52

Final: Disability: Women: 100m breaststroke: 1 R Bloem (WP) SB11 class1:41.28, 2 C Fowler (KZ) SB14 class 1:42.47, 3 E Gray (CG) 1:46.72


South African Championships: William Diering, Lize-Mari Retief Break African Records

DURBAN, South Africa, April 3.

SEVEN more swimmers made the South African roster in various events for the 2008 Beijing Games at the South African Championships held in Durban. William Diering, Jean Basson, Darian Townsend, Lyndon Ferns, Suzaan van Biljon, Lize-Mari Retief and Wendy Trott each punched their ticket to the Big Show. Overall, two African records fell on the day.

Diering captured the men's 200 breast title with an Olympic A cut time of 2:11.88 en route to breaking Terence Parkin's African record of 2:12.50 in the event.

Basson, who already made the team in the men's 400 free, snatched the 200 free title with a time of 1:47.79. Townsend finished second just behind with a time of 1:48.68 as the pair both eclipsed the Olympic A cut to make Beijing in the event.

"I knew Basson would go around 1:47 and I would have to keep a close check on him if I was to have a chance in the closing stages but he swam superbly tonight," Townsend told Swimming South Africa.

Ferns then had a strong swim in the 100 fly semifinal round when he clocked a 52.70 to clear the Olympic A cut in the event.

In other action, Retief posted a time of 58.70 in the women's 100 fly to destroy the African record of 59.29 set by Mandy Loots in 2005. Loots, meanwhile, placed second in semis with a 59.59.

Trott, who already earned a spot in Beijing in the 400 free, clocked a swift time of 8:34.11 in the 800 free – just off her African record of 8:31.53 set at 2007 Worlds. Kathryn Meaklim placed second in 8:44.95, while Paralympian Natalie du Toit took third in 8:55.77.

van Biljon then punched a time of 2:26.88 in the women's 200 breaststroke to clear the Olympic A cut and earn a spot in Beijing, while 12-year-old breakout star Jessica Liss took second in the semifinal round with a time of 2:29.36.

Finally, a team of Morne Boshoff, Chris King, Herman Heerden and Sebastien Rousseau won the 800 free relay in 7:33.30, short of the African record set in 2006 with a 7:28.01.


South African Championships: Women Down Two African Records

DURBAN, South Africa, April 4.

THE sixth day of swimming at the South African Championships held in Durban featured a pair of African records falling.

Lize-Mari Retief held off Mandy Loots in the women's 100 fly en route to an African record time of 58.68. The time nipped Retief's 58.70 set yesterday. Loots wound up second in 59.30.

Melissa Corfe added the 200 free African standard to her record in the 400 free set three days ago. Corfe stopped the clock in 1:59.76 to nip the 1:59.87 set by Helen Muller in 2002.

Meanwhile, Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns and Ryk Neethling put on a show in the semifinal of the men's 100 free as Schoeman touched in 48.41 with Ferns posting a 48.82, while Neethling hit the wall in 49.23 to equal the Olympic qualifying mark.

Suzaan van Biljon snatched the women's 200 breast title in a time of 2:26.60, while Jessica Liss, 12, barely missed an Olympic berth with a time to take second.

Terence Parkin lost another South African record, this time when Darian Townsend crushed the men's 200 IM mark of 2:01.95 with a 2:01.05 during semis of the event. Townsend nearly claimed the African record from Ous Mellouli, who set a 2:01.00 in 2005.

Williams Diering and Neil Versfeld went 1-2 in the men's 200 breast as Diering won in 2:12.17 with Versfeld placing second in 2:12.33. Diering had broken the national record with a 2:11.88 during semis.

Jessica Pengelly led the women's 200 IM semifinal round with a time of 2:15.22, while Loots (2:16.51) and Kathryn Meaklim (2:18.07) will chase her.

Other winners included Herman Heerden in the men's 800 free (8:11.66), Gerhard Zandberg in the men's 50 back (25.13) and Charl van Zyl in the women's 50 back (29.82).


7 April 2008

The Telkom South African National Aquatic Championships came to a thrilling climax at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre in Durban on Sunday evening with an unprecedented 20 swimmers posting Olympic “A” qualifying times.

It was a fitting ending to a sensational Olympic trial for the country’s swimmers when one considers that only seven athletes travelled to Athens in 2004.

A time trial for the 4x200m freestyle relay got matters under way. The quartet of Jean Basson, Darian Townsend, Jasper Venter and Sebastian Rousseau were tasked with the daunting prospect of securing South Africa’s place in the event in Beijing.

All have had exceptional championships and they did not let the crowd down, posting 7:15,21 to smash the continental mark of 7:35,7 set by Egypt in 2002. The domestic mark of 7:36,95 was established in 1995 at the All Africa Games in Harare by the South African quartet of Paul Fryer, Mark Jollands, Ryk Neethling and Gary Albertyn.

Leonie Vorster headed the women’s 100m freestyle final in a time of 57,02 seconds ahead of Elzanne Werth (57,75), with Trudi Maree securing the bronze in a time of 58,63.

The 50m breaststroke items were first up and Melbourne 2007 bronze medallist Cameron van den Berg headed a Northern Tigers treble when he claimed the title in a time of 28,02 seconds ahead of teammates Donavan van der Merwe (28,78) and Waldo Kruger (29,42).

In the women’s event, it was Suzaan van Biljon who confirmed her status as South Africa’s premier female breaststroker. She claimed the sprint title comfortably in a time of 32,6 seconds, well ahead of Eastern Province’s Tazmyn Roe (33,25), who did well to hold off the fast-finishing Amira Kouza from Algeria who had to settle for the bronze in a time of 33,52.

The 50m butterfly was a showdown among exciting athletes who are sure to acquit themselves well on the international stage in the future. Warren Grobbelaar and Neil Watson confirmed their seeding as they headed the bunch into the wall. Grobbelaar had the edge and claimed the title in a time of 24,65 seconds, shading a determined Watson (24,68) with Mario Rankin claiming third in 25,09.

The women’s event was more clear-cut with Elzanne Werth retuning to the pool to claim the fly sprint crown in 27,72 seconds as she turned on the gas over the last 10m, well ahead of Lauren Sparg (27,83), with M Symington (14) from Northern Cape securing the bronze in 28,56.

The men’s 400m individual medley was a crackerjack affair with the promising Riaan Schoeman hoping to repeat his “A” qualifying time that he posted at last year’s World Youth Championships. He had missed the time by 1,4 seconds in the heats and the capacity crowd voiced its support, willing him to an impressive 4:18,02—a mere 0,38 seconds under the qualifying time.

The women’s event produced one of the most exciting finishes seen at the championships as the promising Jessica Pengelly edged out the experienced Kathryn Meaklim. Both girls smashed Pengelly’s domestic mark of 4:41,91. Pengelly (4:41,35) held off Meaklim (4:41,39) well ahead of Jessica Liss whose bronze effort of 4:51,88 was yet another excellent effort by the 12-year-old.

The 100m backstroke saw Gerhard Zandberg claim his place at the Olympic Games when he posted 55,13 seconds. George du Rand secured the silver in a time of 55,43, while the promising Charl van Zyl claimed the bronze in 56,65. The women’s event saw Claire Archibald claim the title in 1:03,49 ahead of Lehesta Kemp (1:04,11) and Karin Prinsloo (1:04,32).

A further time trial followed the women’s 4x100m medley relay with the assembled quartet of Lize-Mari Retief, Melissa Corfe, Suzaan van Biljon and Mandy Loots. Once again the capacity crowd got behind the athletes as they produced a record-breaking effort of 4:03,63, well under the mark set by the South African squad at Manchester in 2002 of 4:05,06.

The final individual event of the championships was the 1 500m freestyle, where Heerden Herman (17) shadowed the experienced Troyden Prinsloo in posting 15:17,31, a tad over the “A” qualifying time of 15:13,16, with Prinsloo securing his passage to Beijing with 15:11,22. Third place went to John Ellis with a time of 15:35,24.—Sapa


SA swimmers sparkle in Games trials

7 April 2008

The Telkom South African National Aquatic Championships came to a thrilling climax at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre in Durban on Sunday evening with an unprecedented 20 swimmers posting Olympic “A” qualifying times.

It was a fitting ending to a sensational Olympic trial for the country’s swimmers when one considers that only seven athletes travelled to Athens in 2004.

A time trial for the 4x200m freestyle relay got matters under way. The quartet of Jean Basson, Darian Townsend, Jasper Venter and Sebastian Rousseau were tasked with the daunting prospect of securing South Africa’s place in the event in Beijing.

All have had exceptional championships and they did not let the crowd down, posting 7:15,21 to smash the continental mark of 7:35,7 set by Egypt in 2002. The domestic mark of 7:36,95 was established in 1995 at the All Africa Games in Harare by the South African quartet of Paul Fryer, Mark Jollands, Ryk Neethling and Gary Albertyn.

Leonie Vorster headed the women’s 100m freestyle final in a time of 57,02 seconds ahead of Elzanne Werth (57,75), with Trudi Maree securing the bronze in a time of 58,63.

The 50m breaststroke items were first up and Melbourne 2007 bronze medallist Cameron van den Berg headed a Northern Tigers treble when he claimed the title in a time of 28,02 seconds ahead of teammates Donavan van der Merwe (28,78) and Waldo Kruger (29,42).

In the women’s event, it was Suzaan van Biljon who confirmed her status as South Africa’s premier female breaststroker. She claimed the sprint title comfortably in a time of 32,6 seconds, well ahead of Eastern Province’s Tazmyn Roe (33,25), who did well to hold off the fast-finishing Amira Kouza from Algeria who had to settle for the bronze in a time of 33,52.

The 50m butterfly was a showdown among exciting athletes who are sure to acquit themselves well on the international stage in the future. Warren Grobbelaar and Neil Watson confirmed their seeding as they headed the bunch into the wall. Grobbelaar had the edge and claimed the title in a time of 24,65 seconds, shading a determined Watson (24,68) with Mario Rankin claiming third in 25,09.

The women’s event was more clear-cut with Elzanne Werth retuning to the pool to claim the fly sprint crown in 27,72 seconds as she turned on the gas over the last 10m, well ahead of Lauren Sparg (27,83), with M Symington (14) from Northern Cape securing the bronze in 28,56.

The men’s 400m individual medley was a crackerjack affair with the promising Riaan Schoeman hoping to repeat his “A” qualifying time that he posted at last year’s World Youth Championships. He had missed the time by 1,4 seconds in the heats and the capacity crowd voiced its support, willing him to an impressive 4:18,02—a mere 0,38 seconds under the qualifying time.

The women’s event produced one of the most exciting finishes seen at the championships as the promising Jessica Pengelly edged out the experienced Kathryn Meaklim. Both girls smashed Pengelly’s domestic mark of 4:41,91. Pengelly (4:41,35) held off Meaklim (4:41,39) well ahead of Jessica Liss whose bronze effort of 4:51,88 was yet another excellent effort by the 12-year-old.

The 100m backstroke saw Gerhard Zandberg claim his place at the Olympic Games when he posted 55,13 seconds. George du Rand secured the silver in a time of 55,43, while the promising Charl van Zyl claimed the bronze in 56,65. The women’s event saw Claire Archibald claim the title in 1:03,49 ahead of Lehesta Kemp (1:04,11) and Karin Prinsloo (1:04,32).

A further time trial followed the women’s 4x100m medley relay with the assembled quartet of Lize-Mari Retief, Melissa Corfe, Suzaan van Biljon and Mandy Loots. Once again the capacity crowd got behind the athletes as they produced a record-breaking effort of 4:03,63, well under the mark set by the South African squad at Manchester in 2002 of 4:05,06.

The final individual event of the championships was the 1500m freestyle, where Heerden Herman (17) shadowed the experienced Troyden Prinsloo in posting 15:17,31, a tad over the “A” qualifying time of 15:13,16, with Prinsloo securing his passage to Beijing with 15:11,22. Third place went to John Ellis with a time of 15:35,24.—Sapa


SA swimmers gear up for Olympics

28 May 2008

South Africa’s swim stars are set to gather in Cape Town this weekend for the final national swimming camp in home waters before they take up the challenge in a series of international galas prior to competing at the Beijing Olympic Games in August.

Swimming SA head coach Dirk Lange and his coaching staff will guide the national team through their training at Swimming SA’s National Training Centre at the University of the Western Cape from May 31 to June 4.

Following the training camp in Cape Town, the SA Olympic team swimmers will fly to Europe to compete in the Setti Colli Cup in Rome (June 6 to 8), the Mare Nostrum in Barcelona (June 10 to 11), in Canet (June 14 to 15) and in Paris (June 17 to 19) before arriving back in South Africa on June 21.

United States-based Olympic team swimmers Roland Schoeman, Ryk Neethling, Gideon Louw, Troyden Prinsloo, Neil Versfeld, Jean Basson, Darian Townsend and Lyndon Ferns have been excused from attending the camp in Cape Town, while Tuks swimmers Suzaan van Biljon, William Diering and Lize-Mari Retief will be absent due to academic commitments.

“The South African swimmers displayed their capabilities at the Telkom SA National Aquatics Championships held in Durban in April, which also served as the official Olympic trials for team selection for the Olympic Games, and we have a solid base to build from as we travel the road towards Beijing,” said Lange.

South African Swimming Records updated as of June 2008.

EventLong course (50 m)Short course (25 m)
  freestyle
50 free 21.67
Roland Schoeman (South Africa)
2008 Beijing Olympic Games
August 16, 2008 / Beijing, PR China
20.30+
Roland Schoeman (TuksSwimming)
South African Short Course Championships
August 8, 2009 / Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
100 free 47.79
Lyndon Ferns (South Africa)
World Championships
July 29, 2009 / Rome, Italy
46.00
Lyndon Ferns (South Africa)
World Cup
November 10, 2009 / Stockholm, Sweden
200 free 1:45.67
Jean Basson (Central Gauteng)
World Championships
July 28, 2009 / Rome, Italy
1:40.89
Darian Townsend (South Africa)
World Cup
Nobember 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
400 free 3:46.31
Ryk Neethling (South Africa)
1999 Pan Pacs
September 22, 1999 / Sydney, Australia
3:39.91
Ryk Neethling (South Africa)
World Cup 2003-'04: Berlin
January 17, 2004 / Berlin, Germany
800 free 7:56.82
Troyden Prinsloo (South Africa)
2006 Pan Pacs
August 17, 2006 / Victoria, Canada
7:44.10
Ryk Neethling (Arizona)
2000 Men's NCAA Division I Championships (split)
March 25, 2000 / Minneapolis, USA
1500 free 15:00.48
Ryk Neethling (South Africa)
2000 Olympics
September 23, 2000 / Sydney, Australia
14:39.04
Ryk Neethling (Arizona)
2000 Men's NCAA Division I Championships
March 25, 2000 / Minneapolis, USA
backstroke long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 back 24.34
Gerhard Zandberg (South Africa)
World Championships
August 2, 2009 / Rome, Italy
22.85
Gerhard Zandberg (South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
100 back 53.75
Gerhard Zandberg (South Africa)
2008 Olympics
August 9, 2008 / Beijing, China
50.00
George Du Rand (South Africa)
World Cup
November 10, 2009 / Stockholm, Sweden
200 back 1:55.75
George Du Rand (South Africa)
World Championships
July 30, 2009 / Rome, Italy
1:47.08
George Du Rand (South Africa)
World Cup
November 7, 2009 / Moscow, Russia
breaststroke long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 breast 26.67
Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa)
World Championships
July 29, 2009 / Rome, Italy
25.25
Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
100 breast 58.95
Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa)
World Championships
July 27, 2009 / Rome, Italy
55.61
Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
200 breast 2:09.61
Neil Versfeld (South Africa)
World Championships
July 30, 2009 / Rome, Italy
2:02.56
Neil Versfeld (South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
butterfly long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 fly 22.90+
Roland Schoeman (South Africa)
World Championships 2009
July 26, 2009 / Rome, Italy
21.87
Roland Schoeman (South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
100 fly 51.90
Lyndon Ferns (South Africa)
World Championships 2007
March 25, 2007 / Melbourne, Australia
50.19
Lyndon Ferns (TuksSwimming)
World Cup
November 7, 2009 / Moscow, Russia
200 fly 1:54.51
Sebastien Rousseau (Western Province)
World Championships
July 28, 2009 / Rome, Italy
1:53.16
Chad Le Clos (South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
individual medley long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
100 IM   not swum 51.05
Gerhard Zandberg (South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
200 IM 1:59.22
Darian Townsend (South Africa)
2008 Olympics
August 13, 2008 / Beijing, China
1:51.55
Darian Townsend (South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
400 IM 4:14.09
Riaan Schoeman (South Africa)
2008 Olympics
August 13, 2008 / Beijing, China
4:02.18
Chad Le Clos (South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
relays long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
400 free relay 3:11.93
South Africa 
(L. Ferns, G. Moore,
  D. TownsendR. Schoeman)
World Championships
July 26, 2009 / Rome, Italy
3:20.77
Seals ASC 
(D. Townsend, S. Swanepoel,
  T. Verster, N. Folker)
2004 South African SC Nationals
July 31, 2003 / Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
800 free relay 7:08.01
South Africa 
(J. BassonD. Townsend,
  J.A. Venter, S. Rousseau)
World Championships
July 31, 2009 / Rome, Italy
7:18.94
South Africa 
(J. Basson, F. Postma,
  T. PrinslooG. Du Rand)
2004 Short Course Worlds
October 8, 2004 / Indianapolis, USA
400 medley relay 3:31.53
South Africa 
(G. Du RandC. vd Burgh,
  L. Ferns, G. Moore)
World Championships
August 2, 2009 / Rome, Italy
3:35.77[1]
Players Academy-NTSouth Africa 
(,,
 , )
South African Short Course Championships
August 10, 2009 / Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Women

EventLong course (50 m)Short course (25 m)
  freestyle
50 free 25.24
Lize-Mari Retief (Northern Tigers)
South African Nationals 2008
April 3, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
24.72
Lize-Mari Retief (TuksSwimming)
Vladimir International
December 19, 2007 / Cape Town, South Africa
100 free 55.19
Helene Muller (South Africa)
2000 Olympics
September 21, 2000 / Sydney, Australia
53.96
Lize-Mari Retief (TuksSwimming)
Vladimir International
December 19, 2007 / Cape Town, South Africa
200 free 1:59.76
Melissa Corfe (KwaZulu-Natal)
South African Nationals 2008
April 4, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
1:56.78
Helene Muller (South Africa)
World Championships
April 7, 2002 / Moscow, Russia
400 free 4:08.70
Melissa Corfe (KwaZulu-Natal)
South African Nationals 2008
April 1, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
4:03.50
Melissa Corfe (South Africa)
World Championships
April 11, 2008 / Manchester, UK
800 free 8:26.88[2]
Wendy Trott (South Africa)
Mare Nostrum 2008: Barcelona
June 10, 2008 / Barcelona, Spain
8:25.53
Kathryn Meaklim (South Africa)
World Championships
April 10, 2008 / Manchester, UK
1500 free 16:08.96
Wendy Trott (Western Province)
World Championships
July 27, 2009 / Rome, Italy
16:16.56
Melissa Corfe (Seagull)
South African SC Nationals 2004
September 2, 2004 / Cape Town, South Africa
backstroke long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 back 29.18
Charlene Wittstock (South Africa)
2002 Commonwealth Games
September 3, 2002 / Manchester, UK
26.89
Chanelle Van Wyk (South Africa)
World Cup
November 6, 2009 / Moscow, Russia
100 back 1:01.14
Melissa Corfe (KwaZulu-Natal)
South African Nationals 2008
April 1, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
56.56
Chanelle Van Wyk (South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
200 back 2:10.03
Melissa Corfe (KwaZulu-Natal)
South African Nationals 2008
April 3, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
2:05.09
Mandy Loots (South Africa)
World Cup
November 14, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
breaststroke long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 breast 30.83
Penny Heyns (South Africa)
1999 Pan Pacs
August 28, 1999 / Sydney, Australia
30.60
Penny Heyns (Amanzimtoti)
KwaZulu-Natal SC Championships
September 26, 1999 / Durban, South Africa
100 breast 1:06.52
Penny Heyns (South Africa)
1999 Pan Pacs
August 23, 1999 / Sydney, Australia
1:05.36
Suzaan van Biljon (South Africa)
World Championships
April 11, 2008 / Manchester, UK
200 breast 2:23.64
Penny Heyns (South Africa)
1999 Pan Pacs
August 27, 1999 / Sydney, Australia
2:18.73
Suzaan van Biljon (South Africa)
World Championships
April 13, 2008 / Manchester, UK
butterfly long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
50 fly 26.48
Lize-Mari Retief (Northern Tigers)
South African Nationals 2008
April 6, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
25.90
Lize-Mari Retief (South Africa)
2007 World Cup: Belo Horizonte
November 25, 2007 / Belo Horizonte, Brazil
100 fly 58.68[3]
Lize-Mari Retief (Northern Tigers)
South African Nationals 2008
April 4, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
56.52
Lize-Mari Retief (TuksSwimming)
Vladimir International
December 19, 2007 / Cape Town, South Africa
200 fly 2:09.98[4]
Mandy Loots (South Africa)
Paris Open 2008
June 19, 2008 / Paris, France
2:04.48
Mandy Loots (South Africa)
World Cup
November 15, 2009 / Berlin, Germany
individual medley long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
100 IM   not swum 1:00.86
Amanda Loots (South Africa)
World Cup: Durban
October 17, 2009 / Durban, South Africa
200 IM 2:14.53
Katheryn Meaklim (South Africa)
World Championships
July 26, 2009 / Rome, Italy
2:07.54
Katheryn Meaklim (South Africa)
World Cup
November 10, 2009 / Stockholm, Sweden
400 IM 4:40.98
Katheryn Meaklim (South Africa)
Trofeo Sette Colli 2008
June 7, 2008 / Rome, Italy
4:28.23
Katheryn Meaklim (South Africa)
World Cup
November 11, 2009 / Stockholm, Sweden
relays long course meters (50 m) short course meters (25 m)
400 free relay 3:47.99
South Africa
(LM Retief, L. Roets,
  M. Rogers, K. v Heerden)
2006 Commonwealth Games
March 20, 2006 / Melbourne, Australia
3:45.27
South Africa
(M. Corfe-55.00, LM Retief-55.30,
 J. Pengelly-57.62, K. Meaklim-57.35)
World Championships
April 12, 2008 / Manchester, UK
800 free relay 8:19.43
South Africa
(L. Vorster, K. v Heerden,
  W. Trott, M. Rogers)
2006 Commonwealth Games
March 18, 2006 / Melbourne, Australia
8:06.94
SSA
(L. Vorster, L. Roets,
 K. v Heerden, C. Lategan)
?
September 30, 2005 / ?
400 medley relay 4:03.62
South Africa
(M. Corfe, S. v Biljon,
  A. Loots, LM Retief)
South African Nationals 2008
April 6, 2008 / Durban, South Africa
4:00.73
South Africa
(M. Corfe-1:02.21, S. v Biljon-1:05.18,
 M. Loots-58.62, LM Retief-54.72)
World Championships
April 11, 2008 / Manchester, UK

http://dictionnaire.sensagent.leparisien.fr/List%20of%20South%20African%20records%20in%20swimming/en-en/

9th African Championships: George du Rand, Mandy Loots Set Meet Records

2 December, 2008

OLYMPIC swim stars George du Rand and Mandy Loots set championship records, but it was the Tunisian line up who topped the medal standings, after the final day of swimming pool action, at the 9th African Swimming Championships held at the Ellis Park Aquatics Centre here today.

Tunisia ended at the top of the medal table with a total of 30 medals (13 gold, seven silver and 10 bronze), with SA placing second on 38 (11 gold, 19 silver and 8 bronze).

Despite du Rand's championship best of 55.92 in claiming gold in the 100 meter backstroke, and Loots' domination of the 200 individual medley in a championship record time of 2:18.91 (bettering her own mark of 2:19.57 set in Egypt six years ago), the name ‘MELLOULI' will be remembered for brilliance that saw the Tunisians finish first on the team medal list.

Tunisia's Olympic 1500 free champion Ous Mellouli seldom fails to win over the fans and his performances at this week's continental swimming showpiece was no difference.

Today, he collected wins in the 1500 freestyle (16:12.00) and 50 freestyle (23.26) to add to his golden feats in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyle and 200 and 400 individual medley races earlier in the week. A day earlier, he helped the Tunisian line up claim a victory over the more-fancied South Africans in the 400 freestyle. At the championships, he also collected a silver and bronze in the 200 breaststroke and 50 backstroke respectively. The hosting of the African showpiece event in Johannesburg was made possible through the support of Telkom, the City of Jo'burg, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Sport and Recreation SA, Gauteng Sport and Recreation, Arena and Bestmed. Swimmers from countries including Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Guinea, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the hosts, South Africa were a part of the challenge for medals.

The final event of the African Swimming Championships, in the form of the 5k open water swimming competition, will take place at Victoria Lake in Germiston on Sunday.

Results

Men: 50 meters freestyle: O Mellouli (Tun) 23.26, 2 T Ferris (Zim) 24.08, 3 Y Yeiyah (Nig) 24.15 100 meters backstroke: 1 G du Rand (SA) 55.92, 2 D Murray (SA) 57.89, 3 A Kouam (Mar) 59.53 1500 meters freestyle: 1 O Mellouli (Tun) 16:12.00, 2 C Ho (SA) 16:18.34, 3 A Mathlouthi (Tun) 17:34.47

Women: 200 meters individual medley: 1 M Loots (SA) 2:18.91, 2 J Liss (SA) 2:23.90, 3 S Lajnef (Tun) 2:24.74 50 meters freestyle: 1 S Chahed (Tun) 26.79, 2 A Ajulu-Bushell (ken) 26.88, 3 M Scott (SA) 27.24 400 meters medley relay: 1 SA 4:23.65, 2 Tunisia 4:29.42, 3 Senegal 4:46.37

SA's best swimmer is...

6 OCTOBER 2008,

World Short Course Championship 200m gold medallist Suzaan van Biljon held off strong challenges - from fellow breaststroke star Cameron van der Burgh and freestyle sensation Melissa Corfe - to be named Swimmer of the Year at the Telkom Annual Aquatics Awards function held at Vodaworld in Midrand, near Johannesburg, on Saturday.

Pretoria-based Van Biljon won gold for South Africa in the 200m breaststroke at the Fina World Short Course Championships held in Manchester, England, in April this year. She also collected the bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke at the same event.

Van der Burgh's biggest performance was winning bronze in the 100m breaststroke at the world short course event in Manchester, as well as a double haul of gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke at the All-Africa Games held in Algeria last year.

At the All-Africa Games, Corfe, who hails from Durban, won the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events and took home silver in the 100m and 200m backstroke.

She was also part of the South African winning relay teams in the 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay events.

Swimming South Africa's awards committee took into account performances set between the period of May 1 2007 to April 30 2008.

Natalie du Toit was named Swimming SA's Personality of the Year. This category was decided by public voting on the Internet.

Soweto Aquatics were named as the Development Club of the Year, while Julie Adams received the award for the Learn to Swim Instructor of the Year, and Neville Phillips won the Administrator of the Year category.

Nondlaleni Dlamini received the Volunteer of the Year honours. Corfe's coach, Graham Hill, was named Coach of the Year in the Junior Athletes section.

Fellow Durban-based coach Alisdair Hatfield held off a strong challenge from national men's water polo coach Vladimir Trninic and swim coaches Igor Omeltchenko, Dean Price and Hill, to claim the Coach of the Year award.

Somerset West-based swim star Jessica Pengelly, 17, was named as the Most Promising Athlete of the Year. SA and Western Province water polo captain Duncan Woods was Water Polo Player of the Year.

Jenna Dreyer received the Diver of the Year award, and Shannon Crowder won the Synchronised Swimmer of the Year honours.

Another Durbanite, Chad Ho, was a popular choice as Open Water Swimmer of the Year, and Shireen Shapiro collecting the Disabled Swimmer of the Year award.

The 4x200m freestyle relay team of Sebastien Rousseau, Jasper Venter, Jean Basson and Darian Townsend received the honour of Best Performance of the Year, while media awards were made to David Isaacson (Print Journalist of the Year), Billy Senaume (Radio Journalist of the Year) and Thabiso Sithole (Television Journalist of the Year).

Gideon Sam, Archie Markgraaff and Lois Bassett received Lifetime Achievement awards for their contribution to aquatics. - Sapa

RECORD-breaking KwaZulu Natal swim star Chad le Clos has set his sights on claiming seven gold medals when the Telkom SA National Level 3 Championships take place at the Joan Harrison Swimming Pool in East London.

After Swimming South Africa had stepped in to ensure that the South Africa National High Schools Championships went ahead in East London this weekend, Westville Boys High sophomore pupil le Clos, 16, gave the swimming fans much to cheer about as he set new SA Schools records in the open 400 meter individual medley (4: 36.49), the men's 15-16 years 200 meter individual medley (2:12.03) and the men's 13-16 years 200 meter breaststroke (2:24.58).

"After several weeks of hard training, I have been putting in more speed work sessions and I was delighted with my times clocked at the schools championships, and am really looking forward to swimming in the SA National Level 3 Championships this week," said le Clos, who trains with the likes of Durban-based elite national squad swimmers Melissa Corfe and Wesley Gilchrist, under coach Graham Hill.

In East London this week, le Clos will be aiming for gold in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke, the 200 and 400 meter individual medley and the 50, 100 and 200 meter butterfly races.

le Clos is hoping to be a part of the national swimming teams that will compete at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Monterrey, Mexico from July 8-13 and at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India from October 12-18.

With the likes of 200 and 400 meter individual medley national record-holder Jessica Pengelly, 12-year-old Port Elizabeth-based breaststroke sensation Jessica Liss, as well as Gilchrist, ready to swim in East London, swimming enthusiasts are in for a treat.

Add in high school championship stars in 15 – 16 years category SA Schools 50 meter breaststroke record-holder Dirk Lambrechts and Pierre Wirth (both Gauteng), as well as Riaan Smit and Heinrich Alberts (both Northern Province) and the Joan Harrison Swimming Pool is set to be the scene of many moments of action-packed swimming this week.

Special thanks to Swimming South Africa for contributing this report.