South African Swimming Championships 

2012 - Durban

16 - 22 April

Kathryn Meeklim


Swimmers prepare for Olympic qualifiers

13 APRIL 2012,

The Kings Park swimming pool in Durban will host the week-long South African National Swimming Championships, starting on Monday, which doubles as the final chance for South Africans to swim inside the strict FINA A qualifying times. 12 swimmers have so far achieved the necessary standards, but need to do it again this week, according to the SA qualifying criteria which requires the times to be reached twice during a 10-month period, including once at these championships.

South Africa’s leading swimmers are winding down preparations for the national championships that begin in Durban next week, with the sport’s top brass confident that all their Olympic hopefuls will qualify for London 2012.

The Kings Park swimming pool will host the week-long event that is scheduled to begin on Monday in what is the final chance for athletes to swim inside the strict A-standard qualifying times.

Just 12 swimmers have so far achieved the necessary standards in their events, but they will need to do it again next week, according to the qualifying criteria which requires the times be reached twice during a 10-month period, including once at next week’s meet. “It all comes down to next week for the athletes,” Swimming SA (SSA) chief executive Shaun Adriaanse said on Friday.

“Many of them will have their dreams realised after an extremely tough four-year cycle. We’re sure that they will not let themselves down.”

Breaststroke specialist Cameron van der Burgh, the country’s highest profile star, is one of eight male athletes to have reached an A-standard time, having done so in the men's 100m breaststroke event.

The others are Heerden Herman (1500m freestyle), Riaan Schoeman (400m individual medley), Gideon Louw (50m freestyle), Darian Townsend (200m freestyle and 200m IM), Sebastien Rousseau (200m butterfly and 200m IM), Chad le Clos (100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 400m IM) and Graeme Moore (50m freestyle and 100m freestyle).

The four women that have met the requirements are Vanessa Mohr (100m butterfly), Kathryn Meaklim (400m IM), Karin Prinsloo (200m backstroke) and Wendy Trott (800m freestyle).

Graham Hill, the national swimming coach, felt the sport in the country was at the highest level he had ever seen prior to a national championships event.

“I don’t think it’s ever happened in previous Olympic years where so many swimmers had reached A standard times prior to the national championships,” Hill said.

“So it looks good and we’ve got to just make sure that it all happens next week.

“I’m sure it will be a great week and hopefully we get a few more than 12 A-standard times. I’m confident we will.” – Sapa



Crous the star of the night

19 Apr 2012

BRIGHT star must have been shining down on 21-year-old Charl Crous of Durban’s Seagulls Club last night as he beat the A standard Olympic qualifying time (OQT) for the men’s 100m backstroke final at the third session of the 2012 Swimming SA National Championships and Olympic Trials at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre.

Crous also beat the standard of 54.40 seconds the previous evening in the semifinal, but only performances in a final are considered in determining if a swimmer is good enough for the 2012 Olympics.

Crous was chased to the timing pads by Darren Murray (Northern Tigers), who just missed the cut in 54.80 with Ricky Ellis (Central

AGauteng) third in 56.16. When he had got his breath back, Crous said: “It’s the most tremendous feeling to have made the qualifying time, I have worked so hard for it.” The former Westville High School pupil, who was originally from East London but is now coached by Graham Hill, Swimming SA’S head coach, said that he wished to dedicate the race to his grandfather who had been diagnosed with cancer.

He was also hoping to be selected for one of the relay teams that will represent SA at the London Games.

“Golden Boy” Chad le Clos continued his run of success, winning his semi-final of the men’s 200m butterfly in 1:55.30, which was well under the OQT of 1:56.86.

The winner of the second semi-final was Sebastien Rousseau, (WP) who was timed at 1:57.63. Le Clos said he was enjoying himself at the championships and still had two major races to tackle, the 200m butterfly final tonight and the 100m butterfly on Sunday.

Another success story was Kathryn Meaklim making the Olympic qualifying time in the women’s 200m individual medley semi-finals.

Qualifying

Her time of 2:13.33 just squeaked under the OQT of 2:13.36, but was something she had been working towards for some time.

“I am so happy,” she said, “to be in a position to swim twice at the Olympics after already qualifying for my best event, the 400m individual medley. But I am going to have to do it all over again in the final tomorrow night.”

But if there was lots to cheer about last night there were also moments of sadness, and it was a big disappointment for the crowd, and no doubt himself, when Darian Townsend (KZN) failed to break the OQT in the men’s 200m freestyle final, something he dearly wanted to do.

His winning time was 1:47.88, just 0.06 of a second off the required mark of 1:47.82.

It was Gauteng’s Jean Basson who set the pace for most of the race, leading fractionally at the half-way mark in 52.35 and at the turn for the last leg in 1:19.92, with Townsend and Rousseau a split second behind.

Townsend then took over the lead and was cheered all the way to the timing pads, but to no avail with Rousseau second in 1:48.69 and Basson third in 1:48.70.

Townsend, who does his training in Arizona, said that he was naturally unhappy about his time, but that all was not lost as he still had his main race to come on Saturday, the 200m individual medley.

He needs to swim a 2:00.17 or better to get the OQT in that race.

Relay

There is also the possibility that a freestyle relay team may be selected for the Games, but for that to happen the combined best times of the four swimmers selected for the team must be ranked in the top five in the world.

Leone Vorster (Northern Tigers) was way off her SA long-course national record of 1:58.78 for the women’s 200m freestyle, clocking 2:02.12 in last night’s semi-final.

The second-fastest qualifier for tonight’s final was Karin Prinsloo (NT) in 2:03.78, with Wendy Trott (WP) next in 2:03.79, all looking to match the qualifying time of 1:58.33.

There was no Olympic candidate in the women’s 100m backstroke final, which was won by Prinsloo in 1:01.52, compared with the OQT of 1:00.82.

Jessica Ashley-cooper (WP, 1:02.47) was second and Lehesta Kemp (NT, 1:04.07) third.

Prinsloo remained optimistic that she would crack the OQT in her main race on Saturday, the women’s 200m backstroke.

Suzaan van Biljon (NT) was a comfortable winner of the women’s 100m breaststroke final in 1:08.76, which was very close to the OQT of 1:08.48, but two seconds outside Penny Heyns’s national record of 1:06.52 which has stood since 1999.


Van der Burgh qualifies for the Olympics

At the South African Championships today, world-championship bronze medalist Cameron van der Burgh clocked 59.90, third best in the world so far this year, qualifying for the Olympics. Charl Crous qualified in the 100 backstroke semi with a time of 54.19, and Chad le Clos in the 200 freestyle semi with a time of 1:47.20.

Yesterday Chad Le Clos and Riaan Schoeman qualified in the men’s 400 IM with 4:13.86 and 4:15.60 respectively, and Kahryn Meaklim with a time of 4:37.70 in the women’s 400 IM. And Heerden Herman managed a qualifying time of 3:48.57 in the men’s 400 freestyle, but apparently needs to win also the 1500 freestyle later in the week in order to qualify.


Sub-Minute Ticket For Van Der Burgh

Apr 17, 2012

At the Kings Park Centre pool in Durban, world-championship bronze medallist Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) clocked 59.90, third best in the world so far this year, to claim the South African crown and book a ticket to London 2012 for the 100m breaststroke.

Van Der Burgh was all but matched at the turn by Neil Versfeld, 28.36 to 28.39, before racing ahead to gold 1.09sec ahead of his closest challenger. The champion is the fourth man this year to break the minute mark, the world rankings led by Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) on 58.90, second-best ever in textile and 0.7sec ahead of next best, teammate Ryo Tateishi, with Australian Chistian Sprenger on 59.91.

The second Olympic qualifier in finals was Charl Crous, 21, with a 54.19 victory in the 100m backstroke, 0.21sec inside the cut and just 0.45sec away from the 2008 national mark held by Gerhard Zandberg, absent from the race today, since 2008. The silver went to Darren Murray in 54.95, 0.55sec shy of target time for London 2012.

The race marked a big breakthrough for Crous, on a best of 54.82 in January this year after a 54.95 lifetime best last year. His 54.19 is a South African textile-suit record inside Zandberg's 2007 standard of 54.54.

World Cup champion Chad Le Clos also raced inside Olympic cut with a 1:47.20 effort in the semis of the 200m freestyle. Closest to Le Clos in the 200m semis were Darian Townsend, 1:48.26, Sebastian Rousseau, 1:48.58, and Jean Basson, 1:49.02.

Just a second outside the London 2012 cut, 17-year-old Vanessa Mohr won the 100m butterfly in 59.72, 0.09sec ahead of 33-year-old Mandy Loots.


Le Clos, Schoeman, Meaklim qualify

19 April 2012

Chad le Clos, Riaan Schoeman and Kathryn Meaklim all secured their places at the Olympic Games after recording A-standard times at the SA Swimming Championships and Olympic Trials in Durban on Monday night.

Rising star Le Clos won the 400 metres Individual Medley final in a time of four minutes, 13.86 seconds ahead of Schoeman, who finished in 4:15.60.

Both were inside the 4:16.46 London qualifying time, which was also met by Michael Meyer (4:16.42), although he is likely to miss out with only the top two guaranteed to be picked for the Games.

Meaklim won the women's 400m IM when she clocked 4:37.70, over four seconds quicker than the A-standard time of 4:41.75.

Two other Olympic times were set when Heerden Herman, the long-distance specialist, swam a time of 3:48.57 in the 400m freestyle final, although his ticket to London will be secured only if he wins the 1500m freestyle later in the week.

The other was by the country's highest profile international star, Cameron van der Burgh, in the 100m breaststroke semifinal, when he dipped under the qualifying mark in 1:00.36 -- a time he will need to at least match in the final if he is to guarantee selection for London.

The five athletes are among 12 swimmers to have completed the first part of a stringent Sascoc policy, which requires them to record the A-standard time twice during a 10-month period, including once in the final this week.

Le Clos, bidding to swim four events in London, three of which he has times in already, including the 400m IM, said: "This is huge for me, it's the Olympic Games we're talking about.

"There's a few more races I need to get times in, but I'm going to take it one step at a time.

The race itself did not go exactly according to plan, and he seemed to come out too quickly over the opening butterfly leg.

"I came out really hard and I didn't realise it," he said. "I only knew when I looked up at the board before the last leg.

"I was thinking, ‘Oh my word, I'm out so fast, will I make it?' But thankfully I hung on to swim inside the time."

Schoeman added: "This takes quite a lot of pressure off me for the rest of the week. I have three more races to go, but this was my main one. I'm really thrilled to have made it."

Meaklim was also relieved to have achieved the time, which was also less than a second inside her South African record time.

She said: "Coming into the gala there's always pressure on you because you know this is it, you have to do it here and now.

"I'm so, so stoked to have done it."

Herman's selection status is slightly unclear as it was the first time he had dipped under the A-standard time.

Swimming SA had said beforehand that arrangements were in place for athletes who did not dip under the Olympic times to try again at May meets in Germany and Ireland.

Herman sets another qualifier

2012-04-23 

HEERDEN Herman was in his element as he ended the SA National Aquatic Championships on a high note with another Olympic qualifying time (OQT) at Durban’s Kings Park Aquatic Centre in last night.

The Western Province star raced to a 15:07,99 for the men’s 1 500 metres freestyle to end well under the OQT of 15:11,83.

Mark Randall (Border) was second in 15:27,38 and Myles Brown (KZN) third in 15:31,68.

Herman was the man who started the Olympic trials off with the first OQT in the men’s 400 metre freestyle on Monday last week.  

Altogether 12 swimmers achieved OQT’s and 16 swimmers managed to achieve Paralympic QT’s during the competition.

Karin Prinsloo (Northern Tigers) and Wendy Trott (WP) both achieved second QTs during the finals yesterday.

Prinsloo sped to a golden finish in the 200 metre backstroke with a great 2:10,76 ahead of Jessica Ashley-Cooper (WP) in 2:16,53 and 13-year-old star Natasha van Niekerk (Limpopo) in 2:16,97. Trott was ahead of the pack in the women’s 800 metre freestyle to clock a OQT of 8:30,61 while Jessica Pengelly (Northern Tigers) took second in 8:41,40 and Michelle Weber (KZN) third in 8:44,10.

Chad le Clos (KZN) continued on his victory surge with another outstanding performance for his fourth gold medal of the meet.

But this time he was just 0,09 seconds shy of the OQT with a respectable 52,45 seconds dash in the men’s 100 metre butterfly.

fast finishing Dylan Bosch (Central Gauteng) claimed the silver in 53,89 seconds, while Neil Watson (Central Gauteng) stole the bronze in 54,43 seconds.

In the women’s 50 metre breaststroke, Suzaan van Biljon (Northern Tigers) took the title in 32,61 seconds with Taryn Mackenzie (Central Gauteng) second in 32,78 seconds and team-mate Justine Macfarlane third in 33,29 seconds.

In the men’s 50 metre breaststroke, Warren Karsten (KZN) was victorious in 29,10 seconds ahead of Rory Buck (KZN) in 29,16 seconds and Jared Pike (Central Gauteng) in 29,26 seconds.

Besides the senior athletes, a pool of rising talent participated in the competition, proving once again that the future of swimming in South Africa is indeed bright.

Rising 20-year-old Seals sprinter Brad Tandy was close on the heels of veteran Roland Schoeman (Northern Tigers) in the men’s 50 metre freestyle, settling for the silver in a personal best 22,35 secodns. Schoeman grabbed the gold in 22,23 seconds and Gideon Louw the bronze in 22,45 seconds.

Trudy Maree (WP) was over the moon with her gold medal in the women’s 50 metre freestyle, clocking a fast 25,38 seconds ahead of Lehesta Kemp (Northern Tigers) in 26,17 seconds and Karin Prinsloo in 26,26 seconds.

In the 50 metre butterfly events, Neil Watson won the men’s in 24,31 seconds followed by Brett Walsh (KZN) in 24.75 seconds and Willie Scheepers (24,78) while Vanessa Mohr (Northern Tigers) took the women’s event in 26,53 seconds with Marne Erasmus (Border) in 27,69 seconds and Jessica Ashley-Cooper (WP) following in 27,96 seconds.

Charl Crous (KZN) collected his third gold medal when he won the men’s 50 metre backstroke in 25,66 seconds for a full house in the backstroke events. Ricky Ellis (Northern Tigers) came second in 25,98 seconds with team-mate Darren Murray third in 26,30.

Australia’s Sophie Edington won the women’s 50 metres backstroke in 28,82 seconds while Jessica Ashley-Cooper won another silver in 29,75 seconds and Amy Peens the bronze in 30,35 seconds.


Herman, Trott off to London

2012-04-22  

Johannesburg - Heerden Herman and Wendy Trott confirmed their qualification for the London Olympics on Sunday, with A-standard times on the final day of the South African National Swimming Championships in Durban.

Herman won the 1500m freestyle title in 15 minutes 07.99 seconds, well inside the 15:11.83 qualifying time as he was a clear winner over Mark Randall (15:27.38) and Myles Brown (15:31.68).

Trott claimed the 800m title after a time of 8:30.61 with both Western Province swimmers guaranteeing their selection after having previously swum A-standard times in their respective races.

The qualifying criteria requires all the country's Olympic hopefuls to swim below the standards twice during a 10-month period, including once this week.

“I wasn’t feeling as good as I’d hoped, but in the end I was just happy to get the time,” Herman said.

“Obviously that has secured my place on the team now and it’s a massive relief to have done it.”

Trott was over 10 seconds clear of second-placed Jessica Pengelly (8:41.40) and Michelle Weber (8:44.10). “I would have liked to have gone faster, but my only goal here was to make the team and I’ve done that,” she said.

Herman won the 1500m freestyle title in 15 minutes 07.99 seconds, well inside the 15:11.83 qualifying time as he was a clear winner over Mark Randall (15:27.38) and Myles Brown (15:31.68).

Trott claimed the 800m title after a time of 8:30.61 with both Western Province swimmers guaranteeing their selection after having previously swum A-standard times in their respective races.

The qualifying criteria requires all the country's Olympic hopefuls to swim below the standards twice during a 10-month period, including once this week.

“I wasn’t feeling as good as I’d hoped, but in the end I was just happy to get the time,” Herman said.

“Obviously that has secured my place on the team now and it’s a massive relief to have done it.”

Trott was over 10 seconds clear of second-placed Jessica Pengelly (8:41.40) and Michelle Weber (8:44.10).

Herman won the 1500m freestyle title in 15 minutes 07.99 seconds, well inside the 15:11.83 qualifying time as he was a clear winner over Mark Randall (15:27.38) and Myles Brown (15:31.68).

Trott claimed the 800m title after a time of 8:30.61 with both Western Province swimmers guaranteeing their selection after having previously swum A-standard times in their respective races.

The qualifying criteria requires all the country's Olympic hopefuls to swim below the standards twice during a 10-month period, including once this week.

“I wasn’t feeling as good as I’d hoped, but in the end I was just happy to get the time,” Herman said.

“Obviously that has secured my place on the team now and it’s a massive relief to have done it.”

Trott was over 10 seconds clear of second-placed Jessica Pengelly (8:41.40) and Michelle Weber (8:44.10).

"I’m really happy with the performance.”

Elsewhere, there was slight disappointment for Chad le Clos after his splendid week ended on somewhat of a low considering the standards he set over the past seven days.

The KwaZulu-Natal swimmer, bidding to swim four events in London, won the 100m butterfly title in 52.45. However, his time failed to breach the qualifying mark of 52.36 as he ended ahead of Dylan Bosch (53.89) and Neil Watson (54.43).

Karin Prinsloo also guaranteed her selection for London when she won the 200m backstroke title in 2:10.76.

It was the second successive night that she had dipped below the A-standard mark of 2:10.84, but she still needed to end in the top two to guarantee selection.

“I was feeling better than yesterday to be honest, I think I was more relaxed than I was last night,” Prinsloo said.

“I’m just happy to have swum the time again.” “It’s been a long week, but I’m satisfied what I’ve achieved.” Jessica Ashley-Cooper was a distant second in 2:16.53 with Nathania van Niekerk (2:16.97) third. Roland Schoeman was the 50m freestyle winner, though his time of 22.23 was outside the A-standard time as he edged out Brad Tandy (22.35) and Gideon Louw (22.45). The veteran Olympic medallist did make the 22.11 required time in the semi-final, which he won in 22.08.

There was also disappointment for Graeme Moore (23.00), who blew his last chance to qualify for the Games.

In the 50m distance for women, Western Province swimmer Trudi Maree was crowned champion after recording 25.38, just 11 hundredths of a second outside the A-standard time.

Lehesta Kemp (26.17) took second, while bronze went to Prinsloo (26.26).

The non-Olympic finals were won by Warren Karsten (29.10) in the men’s 50m breaststroke, with the women’s crown taken by Suzaan van Biljon (32.61).

The 50m butterfly titles went to Watson (24.31) in the male race and the female race won by Vanessa Mohr (26.53).

Finally, the 50m backstroke titles were taken by Charl Crous (25.66) in the men’s race and the women’s gold going to Sophie Edington (28.82).


Wendy Trott and Charl Crous dominate swimming events

12 April 2007

Wendy A Trott and Charl S Crous (above) dominated the Women’s 800m freestyle and Men’s 50m backstroke on final day of the South African Long Course Nationals in Durban.

The 22-year-old Trott stayed considerably slower from her foregoing finisher touched the finishing end for gold medal by posting a time of 8 minutes and 30.61 seconds.

She was followed by Jessica Pengelly of NTS-NT, who remained nearly eleven seconds behind and emerged on the medal rostrum for silver medal by producing a time of 8 minutes and 41.40 seconds.

Pengelly was chased by Michelle Weber of KZNA-KZ, who stayed nearly three seconds slower from her and transpired on the finishing blockade as bronze medallist by posting a time of 8 minutes and 44.10 seconds.

The fourth spot of the distant freestyle race was secured by Roxan Tammadge, who suffered a deficit of nearly seven seconds and tapped the wall with the timing of 8 minutes and 51.27 seconds.

Following that, Crous proved his mettle for gold medal of the Men’s 50m backstroke. The 21-year-old Crous submitted an effort of 25.66 seconds for gold medal of the discipline.

His alluring effort remained 0.32 seconds behind and he occupied silver medal of the event with the timing of 25.98 seconds.

His remarkable struggle was chased by Darren Murray, who failed to overpower his foregoing finisher and settled on the finishing end as third position holder by touching the wall with an effort of 26.30 seconds.

The 21-year-old Murray was trailed by Zaahir Gamiet, who remained 0.36 seconds behind and hit the finishing wall with the timing of 26.66 seconds for fourth position.

Meanwhile, Sophie Edington snared the title of Women’s 50m backstroke. The 27-year-old Edington seized the crown of the discipline by posting a time of 28.82 seconds.

She was followed by Ashley-Cooper of WPA-WP, who secured second place by posting a time of 29.75 seconds.

Third spot of the event was obtained by Amy N Peens, who clocked a time of 30.35 seconds for bronze medal.

Furthermore, the championship ended after the conclusion of all events while the position holders were awarded accolades after the session.

Karin Prinsloo, from Marble Hall in the Eastern Transvaal, swimming at Tukkies SC at the Univeresity of Pretoria

SOUTH AFRICAN SWIMMERS QUALIFY FOR THE OLYMPICS

The SA National Swimming Championships were successfully concluded on Sunday with 12 athletes making the Olympic  and 16 multi-disability swimmers clocking the Paralympic  Qualifying Times during the week-long competition which took part at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre in Durban.

Karin Prinsloo, Wendy Trott, Heerden Herman, Kevin Paul, Charl Bouwer, Craig Groenewald, Challis Wright, Yvonne Smith and Natalie du Toit entrenched their names firmly in the minds of the national selectors as they added their name to the list of Olympic  and Paralympic  level qualifying mark on the last evening of the SA National Aquatic Championships.

Prinsloo sped to a golden finish in the 200m backstroke with a phenomenal 2:10.76 ahead of Jessica Ashley-Cooper in 2:16.53 and Natasha van Niekerk in 2:16.97.

Finishing over ten seconds ahead of the pack, Trott scooped the gold in the 800m freestyle with an Olympic Qualifying Time of 8:30.61. Jessica Pengelly and Michelle Weber came second and third in 8:41.40 and 8:44.10 respectively.

It was a heart-stopping race to the end as Heerden Herman took the lead in the 1500m freestyle, winning in an Olympic Qualifying Time of 15:07.99 ahead of Mark Randall in 15:27.38 and Myles Brown in 15:31.68.

Paralympian Natalie du Toit was once again in top form adding her sixth  Qualifying Time in the 200m individual medley in 2:37.30 while Renette Bloem  made her second time in 3:30.50.

Chad le Clos’s outstanding performances earned him his fourth gold medal of the Championship, three of which were raced with Olympic Qualifying Times, when he touched the wall in 52.45 in the 100m butterfly. Dylan Bosch claimed the silver in 53.89 and Neil Watson the bronze in 54.43.

In the 50m breaststroke, Suzaan van Biljon took home the title, clocking 32.61 with Taryn Mackenzie (32.78) coming in second and Justine Macfarlane (33.29) third while on the men’s side, Warren Karsten was victorious in 29.10 ahead of Rory Buck (29.16) and Jared Pike (29.26).

Besides the senior athletes, a pool of raising talent participated in the competition, proving once again that the future of swimming inSouth Africais indeed bright. 20 year-old Brad Tandy was close on the heels of Roland Schoeman in the 50m butterfly, settling for the silver in 22.35, while Schoeman grabbed the gold in 22.23 and Gideon Louw the bronze in 22.45.

Trudy Maree was over the moon with her gold medal in the 50m freestyle, clocking a fast 25.38 ahead of Lehesta Kemp in 26.17 and Karin Prinsloo in 26.26.

Charl Crous collected his third gold medal when he won the 50m backstroke in 25.66. Ricky Ellis came second in 25.98 and Darren Murray third in 26.30.

Australia’s Sophie Edington showed great pace in the 50m backstroke, winning in 28.82 while Jessica Ashley-Cooper won the silver in 29.75 and Any Peens the bronze in 30.35.

During the week long competition, 17 Olympic  and 39 Paralympic  Qualifying Times were claimed by 12 and 16 athletes respectively.

The final Olympic and Paralympic team will be selected by SASCOC.

The following athletes swam Qualifying Times for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which will take place in London:

  • Chad le Clos – 400m individual medley – 4:13.86
  • Chad le Clos – 200m freestyle (SF) – 1:47.20
  • Chad le Clos – 200m butterfly – 1:56.17
  • Chad le Clos – 200m individual medley – 1:58.34
  • Suzaan van Biljon  – 200m breaststroke – 2:26.74
  • Cameron van der Burgh  – 100m breaststroke – 59.90
  • Riaan Schoeman – 400m  individual medley – 4:15.60
  • Heerden Herman – 400m freestyle – 3:48.57
  • Heerden Herman – 1500m  freestyle – 15:07.99
  • Kathryn Meaklim – 400m  individual medley – 4:37.70
  • Kathryn Meaklim – 200m  individual medley (SF) – 2:13.33
  • Charl Crous – 100m  backstroke – 54.17
  • Gideon Louw – 100m  freestyle (SF) – 48.74
  • Darian Townsend – 200m  individual medley – 1:59.34
  • Wendy Trott – 800m  freestyle – 8:30.61
  • Roland Schoeman – 50m  freestyle (SF) – 22.08
  • Karin Prinsloo – 200m backstroke – 2:10.76

Total Paralympic A Qualifying Times: 

  • Charl Bouwer (S13) –      100m backstroke – 59.78
  • Charl Bouwer (S13) –      400m freestyle – 4:13.93
  • Charl Bouwer (S13) –      50m freestyle – 24.38
  • Charl Bouwer (S13) –      100m freestyle – 52.89
  • Charl Bouwer (S13) –      100m butterfly – 58.78
  • Charl Bouwer (SM13) –   200m individual medley – 2:14.50
  • Hendri Herbst (S11) –      100m backstroke – 1:18.98
  • Hendri Herbst (S11) –      400m freestyle – 4:58.75
  • Hendri Herbst (S11) –      50m freestyle – 26.86
  • Hendri Herbst (S11) –      100m freestyle – 1:00.12
  • Achmad Hassiem (S10) –   100m butterfly – 58.79
  • Achmad Hassiem (S10) –   400m freestyle – 4:24.28
  • Shireen Sapiro (S10) –      100m backstroke – 1:10.70
  • Shireen Sapiro (S10) –      400m freestyle – 5:00.10
  • Natalie du Toit (S9) –      100m backstroke – 1:14.78
  • Natalie du Toit (SB8) –   100m breaststroke – 1:29.84
  • Natalie du Toit (S9) –      100m freestyle – 1:05.75
  • Natalie du Toit (S9) –      100m butterfly – 1:12.34
  • Natalie du Toit (S9) –      400m freestyle – 4:35.54
  • Natalie du Toit (SM9) –  200m individual medley – 2:37.30
  • Emily Gray (S10) –            100m backstroke – 1:16.88
  • Emily Gray (S10) –          400m freestyle – 5:01.77
  • Sharah-Joan Shannon (S3) – 100m freestyle – 2:58.02
  • Tadhg Slattery (SB5) –     100m breaststroke -1:40.70
  • Hendrik van der Merwe  (SB5) – 100m breaststroke -1:43.84
  • Challis Wright (SB14)  –  100m breaststroke – 1:16.02
  • Challis Wright (S14) –     200m freestyle – 2:09.20
  • Craig Groenewald   (SB14) – 100m breaststroke – 1:14.80
  • Craig Groenewald (S14)      – 200m freestyle – 2:05.78
  • Yvonne Smith (SB14) –      100m breaststroke – 1:32.43
  • Yvonne Smith (S14) –       200m freestyle – 2:24.24
  • Renette Bloem (SB11) –     100m breaststroke – 1:39.06
  • Renette Bloem (SM11) –      200m individual medley – 3:30.50
  • Marike Naude (SB13) –      100m breaststroke – 1:41.27
  • Kevin Paul (SB9) –              100m breaststroke – 1:05.94 (World Record)
  • Kevin Paul (S10) –               50m      freestyle – 25.68
  • Kevin Paul (S10) –              100m freestyle – 55.58
  • Kevin Paul (SM10) –          200m individual medley – 2:17.96
  • Adri Visser (S5) –                50m      butterfly – 57.59

The 2012 South African Olympic swimming team

Chad le Clos – 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 200 IM

Suzaan van Biljon – 200 breaststroke

Cameron van der Burgh – 100 breaststroke

Riaan Schoeman – 400 IM

Heerden Herman – 400 freestyle

Kathryn Meaklim – 200 IM, 400 IM

Charl Crous – 100 backstroke

Gideon Louw – 100 freestyle

Darian Townsend – 200 IM

Wendy Trott – 800 freestyle

Roland Schoeman – 50 freestyle

Karin Prinsloo – 200 backstroke

Young Tandy making waves

  
20 April 2012 - 02:03BY DAVID ISAACSON

Darian Townsend threw down the gauntlet in the 100m freestyle heats at the South African Swimming Championships in Durban yesterday morning, but in the mix is a rising star who is making waves in the US.

Brad Tandy, from Ladysmith,recently cracked a new sprint record on the US junior college circuit, clocking 19.06sec for the 50-yard freestyle dash and going 42.74s in the 100-yard freestyle to break compatriot Gideon Louw's record.

More impressive is that his 50-yard effort ranks as the second-best time on the full US college list so far this year. In the 100m heats yesterday morning, Tandy clocked the seventh-best time with 50.93s.

Townsend, who missed the qualifying mark in the 200m freestyle on Wednesday night, was the only man to dip below 50 seconds yesterday morning, touching the wall in 49.38s.

Next best was Gideon Louw in 50.03s, followed by Graeme Moore (50.18s), Leith Shankland (50.31s), and fifth-quickest was reigning champion Roland Schoeman, in 50.75s.

Tandy, 20, believes he is ultimately preparing for the 2016 Olympics, where South Africa could unleash a potent swimming team, judging from the performances of the promising youngsters this week.

Chad le Clos and Charl Crous, who have already qualified for London, are eyeing the Rio de Janeiro Games to make their mark.

"Whatever happens, happens - 2016 is my ultimate goal," said Tandy, who believes he can break the 50-second barrier for the 100m freestyle, although he's not sure about the 48.82 qualifying time.

"I have a better chance of making the qualifying time in the 50m freestyle [22.11s]. For the 100m freestyle I'm hoping to make the top five or six to get into the relay team for the Olympics."

It is possible that three or more swimmers could break the Olympic qualifying time in the 100m freestyle final tonight, although there is space only for two entrants in each Games swimming event.