A phenomenal start for the youth of Mzansi as the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships got underway in Tunis, Tunisia yesterday, Wednesday, 11 September, 2019.
The South African swimming team opened the competition with a total of 23 medals (15 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).
Trinity Hearne and Veronique Rossouw were the gold and silver duo in the 15-16 age group 50m butterfly, clocking 28.62 and 28.66, respectively, and followed that performance with a silver medal for Rossouw in 2:08.21 and a bronze medal for Hearne in 2:08.35 in the 200m freestyle.
Lara van Niekerk was in top form, winning the 15-16 100m breaststroke in 1:10.07 and the 200m individual medley in 2:21.46, while SA’s Dakota Turner claimed the silver in the breaststroke event in 1:12.10 and Hearne the bronze in the medley race in 2:23.95.
SA’s Lisa Klen made her way to the top of the medal podium on two occasions, winning the 13-14 100m breaststroke in 1:15.13 and the 200m individual medley in 2:27.71, while in the 13-14 200m freestyle, it was Lise Coetzee that won the gold in 2:09.06.
The evening concluded with two gold medals for the South African team, first was the 15-16 age group 4 x 100m mixed freestyle relay team, which won their race in 3:48.41. The 13-14 mixed freestyle relay team had to settle for the silver in 3:54.87.
Photo 1 Caption: Team South Africa pictured on-route to Tunis, Tunisia for the 13th CANA Junior Africa Swimming Championships, which got underway on Wednesday, 11 September. Photo: Swimming South Africa on Facebook
With editing by gsport