Rebecca Meder picked up two titles on the first morning of finals, while Lara van Niekerk impressed yet again in the breaststroke at the SA Grand Prix meet in Durban on Saturday, 19 February 2022.
Meder took two golds in the 100m butterfly in 1:01.88 and the 200m individual medley in 2:16.24.
While the Durban swimmer was pleased with the victories, she wasn’t entirely satisfied with her times.
“I was hoping for a second faster on each of the races this morning so I wasn’t too stoked with the times, but I can be very happy with the wins,” she said afterwards.
“And after not having a single rest day for I don’t know how many weeks; I think I can be happy with my results. Not quite satisfied though. I think every athlete wants more and wants to be faster every time they’re in the pool, but I know where I need to improve and what I need to work on,” added the 19-year-old Olympian.
On the other hand, van Niekerk seems to improve with each meet. She swam a personal best time in Friday night’s 100m breaststroke heats in 1:06.52 and went marginally slower in the final but still comfortably claimed the title in 1:06.74.
In December, the 18-year-old Pretoria swimmer broke Tatjana Schoenmaker’s national and continental 50m breaststroke record (becoming the first South African woman to dip under 30 seconds).
And on Saturday, she put that speed to good use in Durban, finishing almost a full five seconds clear of second-placed Emily Visagie.
Other swimmers to claim victory on Saturday were Catherine van Rensburg in the 800m freestyle (8:59.33), Hannah Robertson in the 200m freestyle (2:04.30), Natalie Landmann in the 50m backstroke (30.01), Emma Chelius in the 50m freestyle (25.77) and Hannah Pearse in the 200m backstroke (2:17.52).
Grand Prix action continues in Durban with the meet coming to an end on Sunday morning.
Photo 1 Caption: Rebecca Meder picked up two titles on the first morning of finals, while Lara van Niekerk impressed yet again in the breaststroke at the SA Grand Prix meet in Durban on Saturday, 19 February 2022. Photo: Swimming SA
With editing by gsport