SWIMMING NEWS - Aimee Canny and Rebecca Meder led the way as the Fina Junior World Swimming Championships Qualification short list continued to grow on the fourth day of the SA National Junior Age Group Swimming Championships in Durban.
Canny was fastest in the 50m freestyle, clocking a Fina Junior Qualification time of 26.15, ahead of Caitlin de Lange in 26.76 and Kirsten de Goede in 27.23, while also winning the 200m individual medley later in the evening with a time of 2:21.09.
De Goede (15) also raced the 50m backstroke and won with a time of 30.04.
Rebecca Meder (16) beat out the competition in the 200m individual medley, finishing with the gold in a Fina Junior Qualification time of 2:17.05, over 6secs ahead of Tailyn Seyffert’s 2:23.54 and Georgia Nel’s 2:24.60, while Hanim Abrahams (17) just missed out on the 2:20.71 Fina requirement when she won the gold in 2:20.75.
Dune Coetzee (16) booked her fifth Fina Junior Qualification time in the 800m freestyle in 8:48.24 to the 9:00.89 requirement, ahead of Kate Beavon (18) in 9:06.12 and Jordan-Jenna Rolfe (17) in 9:10.54, while Ruan Breytenbach (16) and Righardt Muller (16) made the Fina Junior Qualification time in the 1500m freestyle, finishing with the silver and bronze in 15:44.91 and 16:09.53.
There was no stopping Luan Grobbelaar (17) in the 200m individual medley as he won the gold with a Fina Junior Qualification time of 2:03.99, followed by Luke Cillie (18) in 2:07.28 and Namibia’s Ronan Wantenaar (18) in 2:08.04.