Records Tumble at Aquatic Champs

by | Apr 16, 2007

The young swimmers made their mark on the last day of the Telkom South African National Aquatic Championships.

Jessica Pengelly finished her championships on a high note when she won the 400m individual medley in a new South African record.

The 15-year old swimmer bettered the record last month in this event at the age group gala in East London, and improved the mark once again to 4:43.76, shaving a second off her previous mark of 4:44.77.

“It has been a dream to go to the Olympic Games and now I have swum the qualifying time in this event twice,” said Pengelly.

“I always push myself hard and was hoping to improve on my previous time, I am so excited.”

It is quite an achievement for the young swimmer from Cape Town as her time would have placed her in the sixth place at the recent World Championships in Melbourne.

Suzaan van Biljon won her fourth title at the championships when she added the 50m breaststroke to her tally of three.

She had to share gold with Tammy Laubscher though as the two swimmers finished in a dead heat both touching in 33.21.

“I am happy that I got all the breaststroke titles, but now I need a break after the World Championships and this event as I am tired,” said Van Biljon.

Melissa Corfe won her third title when she won the 100 freestyle in 56.97 and added it to the 200 freestyle and 200m backstroke.

“I am happy with my sprint events,” said Corfe. “I swam my personal best time tonight and want to continue in the freestyle to perhaps be part of the relays next year.”

Mandy Loots claimed all the titles in the butterfly when she added the 50 metre. She won in 27.80 just 0.02 of a second slower than Lize-Marie Retief’s SA record of 27.78.

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