South African Swimming Championships 

2011 - Port Elizabeth

11 - 17 April, 2011


Tell me the REAL Reason why you watch Swimming

24 January 2011

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Vanessa Mohr


The South African swim stars and a rising pool of talent that competed at the recent Zone 6 as well as Zone 3 & 4 Championships will be out in search of top honors when the inaugural SA International Invitational Swimming meet takes place in Port Elizabeth on 29 and 30 January 2011.

Natalie du Toit’s extraordinary performance during 2010 is sure to continue in 2011 when she competes in the 400 and 800m freestyle races.

Du Toit broke 8 World Records at the Telkom SA Short Course Championships that took place in Pietermaritzburg last year. She maintained her “golden girl” status when she achieved three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and won two gold and a bronze (SA Record) at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Einhoven.

Swimming in the 50, 100 and 200m butterfly, the young and talented Vanessa Mohr will also be on the track for medals in the friendly city. Mohr recently took the gold in the 100m butterfly and silver in the 50m butterfly at the 10th Senior African Swimming Championships in Morocco.

Mohr will be up against veteran swimmer Mandy Loots in the 50, 100 and 200m butterfly. Loots, who claimed three gold medals with Championship Records and a silver at the 10th Senior African Swimming Championships as well as two bronze medals (200m butterfly) from the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Berlin and Moscow, will also be swimming in the 200m individual medley.

Durbanite Kathryn Meaklim will compete in 6 races (200 and 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly, 100 and 200m breaststroke and the 800m freestyle). Meaklim recently returned home with three bronze medals from the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup in Singapore and two gold and two bronzes from the 10th Senior African Swimming Championships.

Expert backstroker, Chanelle van Wyk will be looking to kick start 2011 on a high note when she takes to the water in the 50 and 100m backstroke as well as the 50 and 100m butterfly.

Also racing in the 50 and 100m backstroke will be Pretoria‘s Karin Prinsloo. With two gold medals from the 10th Senior African Swimming Championships, Prinsloo will also be hitting the water in the 50 and 100m freestyle races.

Chad le Clos will be swimming in the 100 and 200m butterfly, 200 and 400m freestyle as well as the 200 and 400m individual medley. Le Clos had a busy 2010 as he claimed gold and silver medals at the Youth Olympic Games in August, followed by two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and concluded the year with a gold medal at the FINA World Short Course Championships. The 18 year old is ranked 8th in the 400m IM and 15th in the 200m fly.

Gideon Louw will be competing in the 50 and 100m freestyle. Louw is currently ranked 13th in the world in the 50m freestyle.

Cameron van der Burgh, who is currently ranked 1st in the world in the 50m breaststroke, will also be in action in the 100m breaststroke race. Following the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, where Van der Burgh walked away with two gold medals, he participated in the first two legs of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup, bagging 2 gold medals in Beijing and 2 gold medals in Singapore.

Van der Burgh added another gold medal to his name in the 100m breaststroke and a silver in the 50m breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Championships which took place in Dubai in December 2010.

Riaan Schoeman, who is ranked 9th in the 400m individual medley, will be swimming the 200m backstroke, 400 and 1500m freestyle as well as the 200 and 400m individual medley. Schoeman will be competing against Heerden Herman in the 1500m freestyle, who is currently ranked 6th in the world.

Chad Ho, the 2010 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup title holder, will be in action in the 200m butterfly as well as the 200 and 400m freestyle.

The hosting of the SA International Invitational Swimming Meet in Port Elizabeth is made possible through the support of loyal swimming partner in the form of the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund. Courtesy of Swimming South Africa, the prize money stakes are high with a gold medal worth US$1500, a silver medal at US$1000 and a bronze medal worth US$500. The Best Performance, both male and female, based on their FINA points will each receive US$10000.

The morning session of the swimming will take place at the Newton Park Swimming Pool on January 29-30 from 09h30 with the evening programme beginning at 17h30. Entrance to watch the swimming is free of charge.


Top stars continue to dominate at swim champs

16 Apr 2011

THE big names continued to dominate the penultimate night of the Telkom SA National championships in Port Elizabeth last night.

In the opening event the charismatic Chad le Clos added the 100m gold to his earlier 200m butterfly gold and seems set for the World Champs in Shanghai while Cameron van den Burgh treated the enthusiastic crowd to a world class 50m breaststroke performance, winning in a WQA of 27.24.

Charl Crous won the 100m backstroke in a WQA 55.03, with Gerhard Zandberg, who made an early move, unable to sustain his pace over the last 20 metres. He finished second in 55.58.

Karin Prinsloo showed nice speed in the final 20m of the 50m freestyle to edge out Natalie Elphink and Trudi Maree into second and third place with the 200m backstroke being an equally exciting race. Jessica Ashley-Cooper led for the first 150m of the race but was overhauled in the final length. She was beaten into third place with Natasha Vosloo and Leone Vorster taking gold and silver respectively. Suzaan van Biljon took gold in the 100m breaststroke.

EP’s Michael Barnes has all the potential to reach Olympic standard. She convincingly won the 200m backstroke youth final in 2.20 which would have placed her fourth in the senior final.

Chris van der Sande and Chris King, leading EP men, finished sixth and eighth in the 100m backstroke senior final.

Tonight’s programme, the final night of the championships, will be full of interest. The 50m freestyle will see SA swimming icon Roland Schoeman, once the fastest man in the world, taking on the young brigade of Gideon Louw, Graeme Moore, Brad Tandy and Craig Jorgens.

Swimming 'rotten to the core'

24 July 2011

Ready and raring to go is the motto of the South African swimming team at the 14th Fina World Championships here, though the possible embarrassment of a Swimming SA (SSA) internal audit hangs over their achievements in the pool.

Martie Belotti, an executive assistant to CEO Shaun Adriaanse, quit this month, but her letter of resignation was sent to a few more people than just her bosses. In it, she alleges the organisation is rotten from top to bottom.

She alleges that fraud, corruption, misuse of funds and financial mismanagement is happening at SSA. The matter is being treated as urgent and will be investigated, but no answers are expected before the tournament ends.

Meanwhile, the old man of swimming, Roland Schoeman, will be first up this morning when he starts with the 50m butterfly.

Schoeman, who has been on the podium far more times than he can remember, did not have the greatest time at the world championships in the past two years. First there was Rome, where he did not get a medal, followed by the 25m short-course championships in Dubai, where he suffered a chest infection.

Being ranked sixth in the world in the event with 23.43sec should give him confidence - though he was not showing anything of the sort.

"I really can't say what is going to happen, especially after the previous championships. I am happy with my training and feeling good. I am not putting myself under any other pressure," said Schoeman.

Cielo Cesar, the Brazilian swimmer who was cleared of a doping offence by his federation several weeks ago, swam the fastest time this season of 22.98. But the buzz around the pool is that he shouldn't really be in contention.

Some swimmers use steroids and afterwards drink a masking agent such as a diuretic to see to it that they come away with merely a warning.

Schoeman will have a busy day as the famous "Awesome Foursome" try to emulate the group that won gold at the Olympic Games in Greece in 2004. This time, the possible team is Schoeman, Darian Townsend, Graeme Moore and Gideon Louw.

South Africa's triple world champion, Cameron van der Burgh, will also be in action today, in the 100m breaststroke. With a bronze in Rome, he is eager to get his hands on gold this time. Although he managed only third in Rome, he clinched the 50m breaststroke in world record time.

"I have been concentrating a little more on the 100m as the 50m is not an Olympic event, so we will see how it goes. I am swimming the first two days of the week and I always enjoy that," he said.

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, Natalie du Toit was disappointed when she could only manage 39th place in the 10km open-water swim with a time of 2:08.27.

This means lots of hard work as she was trying to qualify for the Olympics here. Her dream is deferred for now.

SA swimming team impresses

26 July 2011

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Wendy Trott


The South African swimming team continued to impress on day three of the 14th Fina World Championships swimming programme in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday. With the fastest semifinal time of 26.90, Cameron van der Burgh successfully qualified for the final of his speciality event, the 50m breaststroke. Van der Burgh won his semifinal ahead of Brazil's Felipe da Silva in 26.95 and Norway's Alexander dale Oen in 27.33. The final of the event will be held on Wednesday.

"I just want to do enough to make the final," Van der Burgh said before he warmed up. Well, it took just 20 strokes across the men's 50m breaststroke for the World Record holder to clock up a world best this year of 26.90sec and advance to the final in the top spot.

Nineteen-year-old Chad le Clos, who was recently chosen by Omega as one of their global brand ambassadors, also secured his place in the 200m butterfly final on Wednesday after a fast finish in the semifinals. Le Clos clocked 1:55.56 to finish in seventh position.

Wendy Trott finished in sixth place in the 1 500m freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 16:06.02. Denmark's Lotte Friis took home the gold in 15:49.59.

Earlier on in the day, Sebastien Rousseau was one spot short of qualifying for the 200m butterfly semifinals when he ended in 17th place with a time of 1:57.15. Karin Prinsloo finished 25th in the 200m freestyle, clocking a personal best time of 1:59.52. Prinsloo will also be in action in the 50m backstroke on Wednesday.

In the 800m freestyle heat, Heerden Herman (8:01.79) and Mark Randall (8:02.45) ended in 18th and 20th place respectively.

Day four of the competition will see Gideon Louw and Graeme Moore take to the water in the 100m freestyle while Darian Townsend will swim in the 200m individual medley race.

The final water polo match for South Africa saw the men's side going down to China 9-4, which placed the team in the 16th position overall.

South Africa scored through Jason Kyte (1), Ryan Bell (2) and Donn Stewart (1), while the Chinese netted with goals from Feihu Tan (1), Zhongxing Liang (1), Lijun Yu (2), Ning Pan (1), Bin Ll (2), Junmin Xie (1) and Li Li (1).

TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS  - SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING

 12 APRIL 2011

 Kerry Norden 2015

Kerry Beth Norden

       
             
FIGURE RESULTS          
RANK NAME DRAW FIGURE SCORE      
13-15 YEARS          
             
1 XANDIE GOOSEN 9 57.164 WPA    
2 MIEKE STRUWIG 12 56.818 EPA    
3 ANGELIQUE JOHNSON 1 55.098 WPA    
4 SAMANTHA SADLER 8 54.667 WPA    
5 EMMA LUNDE 2 53.878 KZN    
6 JESS MANDELL 6 53.723 EPA    
7 JODY LAGUMA 3 53.110 WPA    
8 VICTORIA BOLTON 5 52.762 EPA    
9 FAITH ADONIS 11 51.658 WPA    
10 LAUREN PAULSE 7 51.515 WPA    
11 SUNEL GROENEWALD 4 50.991 WPA    
12 AKIRA SINGH 10 50.039 KZN    
13 NADINE VAARLAND 13 47.518 WPA    
  TASH DOMIRO 0 65.381 RANKING ONLY    
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 12 APRIL 2011          
             
FIGURE RESULTS          
RANK NAME DRAW FIGURE SCORE      
16-18 YEARS          
1 JESS BROUGHTON 1 70.655 EPA    
2 JANET KAHN 4 64.715 EPA    
3 NICOLA DAVID 2 64.053 WPA    
4 LARA LINDEQUE 7 59.815 KZN    
5 SALLY TORR 6 57.988 WPA    
6 COURTNEY MUSSON 3 57.914 EPA    
7 BIANCA FAVARETTO 5 56.387 EPA    
8 BRONWYN KEMP 9 53.850 EPA    
9 NICKY BOOTH-JONES 8 49.664 EPA    
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 12 APRIL 2011          
             
FIGURE RESULTS          
RANK NAME DRAW FIGURE SCORE      
SENIORS          
             
1 KERRY NORDEN 2 68.976 EPA    
2 JESS HAYES-HILL 5 68.559 KZN    
3 EMMA MANNERS-WOOD 7 67.664 WPA    
4 NATASHA DOMIRO 4 67.216 KZN    
5 LUCY MCCARTHY 8 66.483 KZN    
6 JESS DOMIRO 1 65.763 KZN    
7 FATIMA ISAACS 3 63.610 WPA    
  JESS BROUGHTON 6 69.285 RANKING ONLY    
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 13 APRIL 2011          
             
SOLO RESULTS 13-15          
RANK NAME DRAW FIGURES SOLO RESULT  
1 MIEKE STRUWIG 12 28.409 32.063 60.472  
2 XANDIE GOOSEN 9 28.582 31.438 60.019  
3 EMMA LUNDE 2 26.939 30.938 57.876  
4 SAMANTHA SADLER 8 27.333 28.938 56.271  
5 ANGELIQUE JOHNSON 1 27.549 28.625 56.174  
6 JESS MANDELL 6 26.862 28.500 55.362  
7 JODY LAGUMA 3 26.555 27.375 53.930  
8 LAUREN PAULSE 7 25.757 26.750 52.507  
9 FAITH ADONIS 11 25.829 26.625 52.454  
10 AKIRA SINGH 10 25.019 27.313 52.332  
11 SUNEL GROENEWALD 4 25.496 26.375 51.871  
12 NADINE VAARLAND 13 23.759 26.563 50.321  
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 13 APRIL 2011          
             
OPEN TECH SOLOS          
RANK NAME DRAW SOLO PENALTY RESULT  
1 LAURA STRUGNELL 8 73.833 0.000 73.833  
2 EMMA MANNERS-WOOD 7 71.333 0.000 71.333  
3 JENNIFER WOKER 8 70.667 0.000 70.667  
4 JESS HAYES-HILL 5 69.833 0.000 69.833  
5 LUCY MCCARTHY 8 68.833 0.000 68.833  
6 FATIMA ISAACS 3 63.667 1.000 62.667  
TEST JESS DOMIRO TEST 70.333 0.000 70.333  
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 13 APRIL 2011          
             
RANK OPEN TECH TEAMS DRAW EXEC O/I PENALTY RESULT
             
1 WPA 2 34.333 34.833 0.500 68.667
2 EPA 1 33.667 34.167 0.000 67.833
  KZN TEST 35.667 35.500 0.000 71.167
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 14 APRIL 2011          
             
SENIOR DUETS          
OPEN DUET TECH          
RANK NAME DRAW EXEC O/I PENALTY RESULT
1 LAURA STRUGNELL          
  EMMA MANNERS-WOOD   35.833 37.333 0.500 72.667
2 JESSICA DOMIRO          
  NATASHA DOMIRO   34.500 35.167 1.000 68.667
ranking JESSICA BROUGHTON          
  KERRY NORDEN   35.667 35.833 0.500 71.000
             
OPEN DUET FREE   TECH MERIT ART IMP PENALTY RESULT
1 LAURA STRUGNELL          
  EMMA MANNERS-WOOD   37.833 39.167 0.000 77.000
2 JESSICA DOMIRO          
  NATASHA DOMIRO   36.667 37.667 0.000 74.333
ranking JESSICA BROUGHTON          
  KERRY NORDEN   37.167 38.167 0.000 75.333
             
OPEN DUET FINAL   50% TECH 50% FREE   RESULT
1 LAURA STRUGNELL          
  EMMA MANNERS-WOOD   36.333 38.500   74.833
2 JESSICA DOMIRO          
  NATASHA DOMIRO   34.333 37.167   71.500
ranking JESSICA BROUGHTON          
  KERRY NORDEN   35.500 37.667   73.167
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 14 APRIL 2011          
             
13-15 DUETS          
        COMB.  0.500 FINAL
RANK NAME DRAW FIGURES FIGS  SOLO RESULT
1 XANDIE GOOSEN   57.164      
  SAMANTHA SADLER   54.667 27.958 30.000 57.958
2 MIEKE STRUWIG   56.818      
  JESS MANDELL   53.723 27.635 30.188 57.823
3 JODY LAGUMA   53.110      
  LAUREN PAULSE   51.515 26.156 28.750 54.906
4 FAITH ADONIS   51.658      
  ANGELIQUE JOHNSON   55.098 26.689 27.813 54.502
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 14 APRIL 2011          
             
16-18 DUETS          
        COMB.  50% FINAL
RANK NAME DRAW FIGURES FIGS  SOLO RESULT
1 SALLY TORR   57.988      
  NICOLA DAVID   64.053 30.510 33.375 63.885
2 COURTNEY MUSSON   57.914      
  BRONWYN KEMP   53.850 27.941 32.375 60.316
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 15 APRIL 2011          
             
16-18 SOLOS          
      50% 50%    
RANK NAME   FIGURES SOLOS RESULT  
1 JESS BROUGHTON EPA 35.328 37.500 72.828  
2 NICOLA DAVID WPA 32.027 35.375 67.402  
3 LARA LINDEQUE KZN 29.907 35.125 65.032  
4 SALLY TORR WPA 28.994 34.063 63.057  
5 COURTNEY MUSSON EPA 28.957 33.250 62.207  
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
SA TRIALS RESULTS           
TECHNICAL FIGURES TRIALS ONLY          
15 APRIL 2011          
             
  NAME DRAW SCORE      
  SHANNON CROWDER 1 75.594      
  SALLY TORR 2 68.460      
  JESS HAYES-HILL 3 72.070      
  JEN WOKER 4 71.608      
  LARA LINDEQUE 5 69.202      
  KELLY SLOLEY 6 74.161      
  NICOLA DAVID 7 70.884      
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 15 APRIL 2011          
             
SENIOR SOLOS FINAL          
             
RANK NAME   TECH FREE RESULT  
1 LAURA STRUGNELL   73.833 75.167 74.500  
2 EMMA MANNERS-WOOD   71.333 73.833 72.583  
3 JENNIFER WOKER   70.667 74.000 72.333  
4 JESSICA HAYES-HILL   69.833 72.667 71.250  
  LUCY MCCARTHY   68.833 73.667 71.250  
6 FATIMA ISAACS   62.667 66.167 64.417  
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 15 APRIL 2011          
             
JUNIOR TEAM   TECH ART RESULT  
1 WPA   30.875 31.250 62.125  
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 16 APRIL 2011          
SENIOR TEAMS          
  TECHNICAL  TEAM   EXEC O/I PNLTY RESULT
1 WPA   34.333 34.833 0.500 68.667
2 EPA   33.667 34.167 0.000 67.833
  KZN (TEST)   35.667 35.500 0.000 71.167
             
  FREE TEAM   TECH A/I PNLTY RESULT
1 EPA   35.500 36.000 0.000 71.500
2 WPA   34.833 36.000 0.000 70.833
             
  TEAM FINAL RESULT   TECH TEAM FREE TEAM   RESULT
1 WPA   34.333 35.417   69.750
2 EPA   33.917 35.750   69.667
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
 16 APRIL 2011          
FREE COMBINATION TEAM          
      TECH A/I PNLTY RESULT
1 KZN   37.167 37.667 0.000 74.833
2 WPA   36.333 37.333 0.000 73.667
3 EPA   36.167 36.667 0.000 72.833
             
TELKOM SA 2011 NATIONALS          
SPECIAL AWARDS          
             
MOST IMPROVED SOLO SWIMMER          
      2010 2011 DIFF.  
1 LAURA STRUGNELL   69.421 74.500 5.079  
2 EMMA MANNERS-WOOD   68.250 72.583 4.333  
3 FATIMA ISAACS   61.658 64.417 2.759  
             
TOP SCORING ROUTINE          
  KZN (FREE COMBINATION) AND WPA DUET      
             
INTER-PROVINCIAL SHIELD          
      POINTS      
1 WPA   108      
2 KZN   93      
3 EPA   54