Karin Prinsloo had a fantastic day of swimming, winning both the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle in a golden 1:02.02 and 1:59.60 respectively, on the second-last day of the SA National Aquatic Championships at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Port Elizabeth.
Jessica Ashley-Cooper (1:02.69) and Nathania van Niekerk (1:04.04) claimed the remaining medals in the 100m backstroke, while Kyna Pereira (2:03.83) and Rene Warnes (2:04.52) scooped the 200m freestyle silver and bronze.
Ashley-Cooper went one better in the 50m backstroke, winning the race in 29.00, ahead of Karin Prinsloo in 29.27 and Lehesta Kemp in 30.50. Ashley-Cooper’s 50 and 100m backstroke times were also World University Games qualifying times.
The 50m breaststroke title went to Tara Nicholas, in a time of 32.81, with Kelly Gunnell (33.39) and Justine Macfarlane (33.51) claiming second and third position on the ladies side.
Caitlin Kat added another World University Games qualification time in the 800m freestyle, finishing in second with a time of 8:49.28. The top place went to Kyna Pereira in 8:48.00 and the third to Roxan Tammadge in 8:54.97.
In the multi-disability events, Yvonne Smith won the 100m breaststroke S14-S15 category in 1:31.70, and later on took the second place in the 50m butterfly in 34.64 and 100m freestyle in 1:07.83.
In the S1-S13 races, Tezna Abrahams was victorious in the 100m breaststroke and won bronze in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle, while Dimakatso Makgakga grabbed both silver medals on the day.
In the mixed 4 x 50m freestyle relay, the quartet of Karin Prinsloo, Douglas Erasmus, Lehesta Kemp and Caydon Muller won in 1:37.50, while Darren Murray, Warren Karsten, Rita Naude and Kayla Ferreira won the mixed 4 x 50m medley relay in 1:50.64.
On Thursday, Mzansi’s best were back in full force with qualification times for the World University Games, as swimming resumed at the SA National Aquatic Championships in Port Elizabeth.
Trudi Maree (26.09) and Lehesta Kemp (26.18) confirmed their World University Games qualification times in the 50m freestyle final tonight, while Jessica Ashley-Cooper also added her name to the selection list with her silver medal performance of 26.11.
Tara Nicholas, Michelle Wessels and Nina Hess made up the 100m breaststroke medal podium in 1:09.99, 1:14.32 and 1:18.02 respectively, while the 200m individual medley title went to Marlies Ross in 2:18.57, followed by Rene Warnes in 2:18.68 and Jolandi Els in 2:20.97.
Vanessa Mohr walked away with the gold medal in the 100m butterfly, topping the event in 1:00.82, with Marne Erasmus in second in 1:00.99 and Rene Warnes in third in 1:02.38; and Lehesta Kemp, Vanessa Mohr, Karin Prinsloo and Kayla Ferreira won the 4 x 50m freestyle relay race in 1:46.89.
In the multi-disability races, Cornel Loubser (1:08.63), Sarah Walker (1:09.21) and Yvonne Smith (1:19.72) made up the 100m butterfly S14-S15 category wins, with Smith also claiming the gold in the 50m breaststroke later on in the evening.
In the S1-S13 100m butterfly, Adri Visser finished first ahead of Dimakatso Makgakga and Tezna Abrahams. Abrahams and Makgakga scored double in their final race of the evening, the 50m breaststroke.
The final day will start at 9h30 on Saturday, and will continue at 17h00 again.
World University Games Qualifying Times at the SA National Aquatic Championships in Port Elizabeth, on Friday, 19 April, 2013: Caitlin Kat – 400 and 800m freestyle Roxan Tammadge – 400m freestyle Lehesta Kemp – 50m freestyle Trudi Maree – 50m freestyle Rene Warnes – 200m individual medley Jessica Ashley-Cooper – 50m freestyle and 50 and 100m backstroke World University Games Qualifying Times at the SA National Aquatic Championships in Port Elizabeth, on Thursday, 18 April, 2013: Caitlin Kat – 400m freestyle Roxan Tammadge – 400m freestyle Lehesta Kemp – 50m freestyle Trudi Maree – 50m freestyle Rene Warnes – 200m individual medley Jessica Ashley-Cooper – 50m freestyle
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(With editing by gsport)