The 2014 SA National Aquatic Championships wrapped up on Saturday with an impressive nine athletes swimming to a total of seventeen Commonwealth Games qualification times at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban, once again proving that there is no shortage of local talent. On the final day of the competition, Roland Schoeman cemented his Commonwealth Games qualification time in the 50 metre freestyle by winning the race with a fast 22.11 but the real surprise came from KZN’s Brad Tandy (22), who was just behind Schoeman and ended in second place with a spectacular qualification time of 22.22. The bronze medal was claimed by Brett Walsh in 22.66.
In the 200 metres breaststroke, Jarred Crous was victorious with a time of 2:14.86, followed by Ayrton Sweeney in 2:14.95 and Brenden Crawford in 2:19.12, while Vanessa Mohr grabbed the gold in the 200 metres butterfly, clocking 2:19.50, ahead of Megan Stephens (2:19.68) and Tarryn Els (2:20.28).
Rene Warnes took the honours in the 400 metres individual medley, racing to the finish line with a time of 4:45.72. The silver and bronze medals went to Marlies Ross and Megan Van Wyk in 4:55.95 and 4:59.83, respectively. The 1 500 metres freestyle event saw Myles Brown winning the gold in a time of 15:19.30, while Troyden Prinsloo came second in 15:20.14 and Brent Szurdoki third in 15:44.16.
In the multi-disability events, Mark Roach won the 200 metres individual medley (S14-15) in 2:21.33 and Johann Van Heerden was first in the S1-13 category in 2:36.39. On the ladies side, Yvonne Smith (S14-15) and Emily Gray (S1-13) were on top of the medal podium in their respective 200m individual medley races in 2:45.51 and 2:59.65.
Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Water Polo Championships took place in Aberdeen, Scotland, this week where the South African ladies team did the country proud on the final day, finishing the competition with the bronze medal after beating hosts Scotland 16-1. The men’s Water Polo team lost out on the bronze medal in a very close game, which ended 6-5 in favour of hosts Scotland, giving the boys an overall fourth place finish. The 2014 Commonwealth Games will take place in Glasgow from 27th July to 3rd August.
Final Commonwealth Games qualifying times:
- · Karin Prinsloo – 100 and 200m freestyle, 100 and 200m backstroke
- · Myles Brown – 400m freestyle
- · Chad Le Clos – 100 and 200m butterfly, 200m backstroke, 200 and 400m individual medley
- · Dylan Bosch – 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley
- · Cameron van der Burgh – 100m breaststroke
- · Sebastien Rousseau – 400m individual medley
- · Tara Nicholas – 100m breaststroke
- · Roland Schoeman – 50m freestyle
- · Brad Tandy – 50m freestyle