Aimee Canny Outclasses Top Competition for Coveted SA 100m Freestyle Title in Gqeberha on Tuesday

Aimee Canny secured the women’s 100m freestyle title ahead of Erin Gallagher on Day 2 of the SA National Swimming Championships in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape, on Tuesday, 9 April, 2024. File Photo: SA Sports Images/Anton Geyser

Aimee Canny secured the women’s 100m freestyle title ahead of Erin Gallagher on Day 2 of the SA National Swimming Championships in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape, on Tuesday, 9 April, 2024.

The 20-year-old took the gold in a time of 54.65 seconds, with Gallagher second in 54.88 and Caitlin de Lange third in 55.92. 

“I think maybe I went out a little hard … I like to back-end races, and I think maybe I could have gone out a little easier and then come back, but overall it was a good time, so I’m happy with it.

2024 100m Freestyle Champion, Aimee Canny

“This was right on my PB so I’m really excited for tomorrow [200m freestyle]. I’m feeling good in the water, so I’m excited.”

In the women’s 200m butterfly final it was Duné Coetzee who took top honours, winning in a time of 2:13.97 with Trinity Hearne second in 2:17.06 and Leigh McMorran third in 2:17.50.

Meanwhile, Paralympic swimmer Kat Swanepoel swam a qualifying time for the Paris Games in the SB3 50m breaststroke, recording a 59.12 seconds finish in the heats and improving to 58.04 seconds in the final.

“This morning I felt like I didn’t quite hit it fully, so to come back this evening and really be able to access that gear – I was really happy with tonight’s swim.”

SB3 50m Breaststroke Paralympic Games Qualifier, Kat Swanepoel

“It makes a big difference to know what I set last year at world champs, that is very close to where we are now, so, exciting times!”

Swimming action resumes at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Gqeberha on Wednesday and continues until Saturday.  


Original Copy: Swimming South Africa, with editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: Aimee Canny secured the women’s 100m freestyle title ahead of Erin Gallagher on Day 2 of the SA National Swimming Championships in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape, on Tuesday, 9 April, 2024. File Photo: SA Sports Images/Anton Geyser

Photo 2 Caption: Paralympic swimmer Kat Swanepoel swam a qualifying time for the Paris Games in the SB3 50m breaststroke. File Photo: SA Sports Images/Anton Geyser

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