Opening Week Sees SA women Struggle at World Aquatic Championships

It’s was an action packed opening few days for South Africa’s participants at the World Aquatic Championships, and those involved have struggled to make their mark in the talent-packed international showpiece in Doha, Qatar, from 2-18 February 2024. Photo: Swimming South Africa on X

It’s been a busy start to the World Aquatics Championship taking place from 2-18 February 2024 in Doha, Qatar. South Africa has a host of athletes taking part in various categories that range from swimming, diving, and waterpolo to name a few. 

On Saturday, 3 February 2024, Amica de Jäger took part in the 10km Open Water swim where she finished in 27th place overall. 

Meanwhile, fellow South African compatriot Callan Lotter finished in 29th place in the same event. The pair, along with Tory Earle will also be participating in the 5km Open Water swim on Wednesday, 7 February 2025 at 9:30 am SA time. 

On Sunday South Africa’s entries Jess Hayes-Hill and Laura Strugnell for the Women’s Duet Technical did not swim (DNS) in the preliminaries. It was much of the same for the the Artistic Swimmers in Women Duet Free event on Wednesday 7 February 2024, as they recorded another DNS. 

The Women’s Waterpolo team got their campaign underway but it was a less than ideal start as the team went down 24-2 to Canada in their opening Group D encounter. There second match saw them take on Italy and they suffered another big loss as they went down 25-3. 

They did however manage to score in three of the four quarters in this game, and will be hoping for some magic in their final group match which will be against Great Britain on Thursday. 

Divers Zalika Methula and Bailey Heydra both failed to get a preliminary qualification in the 1m Springboard event. 17-year-old Methula ended in 35th, while Heydra finished six places higher in 29th spot. On Thursday, 8 February 2024, Heydra and Julia Vincent will take part in the 3m Springboard discipline. 

The swimmers will be in action from 11 February 2024, until the tournament comes to a close on Sunday the 18th of February. 

South African Open Water 10km Swim Results 

Amica de Jäger – 27th 
Callan Lotter – 29th

Artistic Swimming – Women’s Duet Technical

Jess Hayes-Hill, Laura Strugnell – DNS

Women’s Waterpolo

4 February: Canada 24-2 South Africa
6 February: Italy 25- 3 South Africa 
8 February – South Africa  v Great Britain

1m Springboard

Bailey Heydra – 29th
Zalika Methula – 35th


Photo caption: It’s was an action packed opening few days for South Africa’s participants at the World Aquatic Championships, and those involved have struggled to make their mark in the talent-packed international showpiece in Doha, Qatar, from 2-18 February 2024. Photo: Swimming South Africa on X

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