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Dec 12 17

Larkin bags double gold at Qld swimming

by ZwemZa
Mitch Larkin (Ausswim)

Mitch Larkin (Ausswim)

Olympic silver medallist Mitch Larkin has his Commonwealth Games campaign on track with two gold medals within 40 minutes at the Queensland swimming championships.

The 24-year-old opened Tuesday night in personal best form, winning the men’s 200m individual medley in his best time of 1:58.89 – a firm indication he would add the medley to his program for February’s Australian Championships and Games trials.

Larkin was back in the pool 40 minutes later at the Sleeman Aquatic Centre for his specialist 200m backstroke final, winning in 1:57.41 – adding to his victories earlier in the week in the 100m backstroke and 400m individual medley.

“I only swam down about 200 metres so my legs were a bit cooked,” said Larkin.

“It shows I’m in pretty good shape; physically, I feel pretty good now. A PB in the medley so it was a good night.

“I’m pretty happy with where things are now with a couple of months until trials and I think this meet will really give me that confidence in the work I am doing with coach Dean Boxall and give me that spark for the last couple of months into trials.

“I knew I was physically getting into good shape and starting to swim some good times. But it’s until you get back in the pool and racing and your races unfold the way you’ve been training, it gives you that much more confidence and that inner belief that I sort of lost a bit in the last 12 months and it’s really coming back quite quickly now and I’m really happy with that.”

Larkin’s teammate Ariarne Titmus wrapped up a rare treble when she added the 800m freestyle to her impressive wins in the 200m on Monday night and 400 metres in a new Australian record time.

Titmus led from the outset moving through the 200m in 2:01.10 and the 400m in 4:08.08 before feeling the pinch of her heavy training and racing schedule to win in 8:25.22 – just two seconds outside her best time.

Other winners on Tuesday night were Sian Whittaker in the 200m backstroke (2:10.35) and Emma McKeon in the 200m butterfly (2:09.33).

David Morgan took the men’s 200m butterfly in 1:58.58; and American Jordan Wilimovsky overtook Mack Horton to win the 1500m freestyle in 15:08.98 to Horton’s 15:15.49.

Dec 12 17

South African Commonwealth Games Swimming Trials head to Durban

by ZwemZa
South African Olympic medalists Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh (Sport24)

South African Olympic medalists Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh (Sport24)

Olympians Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh will be among South Africa’s aquatic stars who will be taking to the water at the KwaZulu-Natal Aquatics Premier Championships, doubling as the official Commonwealth Games Trials, taking place at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban, from 16 – 22 December 2017.

Four hundred and sixty (460) swimmers will compete to secure a place in the final team that will be selected to represent SA in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia from 4th to 15th April 2018.

Straight from his fourth FINA World Cup title win, Chad le Clos will be looking to secure his place at next year’s competition when he participated in the 50, 100 and 200m butterfly as well as the100 and 200m freestyle.

Also determined to book his place in the Commonwealth Team will be Olympic gold-medalist Cameron van der Burgh, who will race the 50 and 100m breaststroke events.

Other contenders include the likes of Olympic finalist Brad Tandy who has got to within 0,03sec of Roland Schoeman’s 50m freestyle record, Douglas Erasmus in the 50 and 100m freestyle, backstroke ace Martin Binedell, long-distance swimmer Matthew Meyer in the 400m freestyle and the 1500m freestyle,the evergree duo of  Calvyn Justus and Leith Shankland who are on the comeback trail, as well as the up and coming talents of Luca Holtzhausen (13), Luan Grobbelaar (15), Mariella Venter (17), Hanim Abrahams (15), Erin Gallagher (18) and Dune Coetzee (15).

Tatjana Schoenmaker Women 100 LC Meter Breaststroke during the 2017 South Africa National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre, South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Tatjana Schoenmaker Women 100 LC Meter Breaststroke during the 2017 South Africa National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre, South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

On the ladies’ side, 20 year old Tatjana Schoenmaker, who recently became the first South African to win a medal (silver) at the 2017 World Student Games in Taipei, with a personal best of 2:24.61, will be looking to better that time over the week long event, swimming the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke, the 200m freestyle and the 200m individual medley.

Swimming South Africa’s CEO, Shaun Adriaanse, said “Our swimmers have a history of rising to the challenge to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and to compete for the highest honors at the Games.

“We wish all athletes the best of luck in striving for their best to Qualify for the Games.” concluded Adriaanse.

The KZN Aquatics Premier Championships and Commonwealth Games Trials begin on Saturday, 16th December and conclude on Friday, 22nd December 2017 with the heats starting at 09h00 while the finals will begin at 17h00 daily.

Qualifying times for the 2018 Commonwealth Games:

Male Female
23.26 50m Freestyle 26.06
50.64 100m Freestyle 56.82
1:51.50 200m Freestyle 2:02.83
3:56.14 400m Freestyle 4:19.34
800 Freestyle 8:56.71
15:44.74 1500m Freestyle
55.95 100m Backstroke 1:02.73
2:02.70 200m Backstroke 2:16.13
1:02.46 100m Breaststroke 1:09.95
2:15.70 200m Breaststroke 2:31.02
54.12 100m Butterfly 1:00.53
2:01.38 200m Butterfly 2:14.31
2:04.43 200m Ind Medley 2:18.08
4:26.93 400m Ind Medley 4:52.97

Supplied by Swimming South Africa & edited by ZwemZa

Dec 12 17

Peaty & Sjöström head Psych Sheet for European SC Champs

by ZwemZa
Sarah Sjostrom (AFP)

Sarah Sjostrom (AFP)

It’s about to go down.

The 2017 LEN European Short Course Championships kick off this Wednesday, Dec. 13, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and will feature the best of the best in Europe.

Who is going to be there, you ask? Better question: who is not going to be there?

Check this out. Adam Peaty, Sarah Sjöström, Katinka Hosszu, Ruta Meilutyte, Kirill Prigoda, Duncan Scott. Greg Paltrinieri, Federica Pellegrini, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Pernille Blume, Ben Proud, Vlad Morozov, Andrii Govorov, Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Laszlo Cseh, and on, and on, and on…

We could keep typing the names of Olympic gold medalists, world champions, and world-record holders, but we’ll just let you feast your eyes on the official psych sheet posted below instead.

2017 LEN European Short Course Championships

December 13-17

Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark

Short Course Meters (25m)


Dec 12 17

Peaty on the prowl for immortality…. chasing Cameron’s SC marks

by ZwemZa


The 22-year-old is looking to build towards improvements for the Tokyo Olympic.

After his trailblazing Olympic exploits in 2016, it is quite something to hear Adam Peaty say 2017 was more successful as he aims to get even better.

Peaty became Britain’s first gold medallist of the Rio Olympics with 100 metres breaststroke victory in a Beamonesque world record of 57.13 seconds.

He recorded the second quickest time in history, 57.47secs, in winning the 2017 world title in Budapest in July, before clocking two world records in a day en route to adding the 50m breaststroke crown. His rivals are trailing in his wake.

Yet having moved house and training base and taking two months off to revel in the successes of his first Olympics, Peaty is more satisfied with his return from 2017 than 2016.

“I’m more pleased with this year,” the 22-year-old told Press Association Sport. “I think it’s been a much better year. As a whole it’s been very, very good, very successful.

“The 100 was a little bit off my best, but that will come back with a full winter training, which I’ll have this year.

“Last year I had two months off. This year I’ve had two days, pretty much.”

And it is that work ethic – overseen by his coach Mel Marshall having followed her from Derby to Loughborough – that is behind his past successes and will result in future success.

“It’s all about a building block,” Peaty added. “How can we get better in 2018, how can we get better in 2019 and peak in Tokyo?”

For Peaty, it is now about winning again.

In 2014 he burst to prominence by winning Commonwealth and European titles. Four years on, he will be seeking to repeat and extend a lengthy unbeaten streak.

But his 2017 campaign continues this week in Copenhagen, where Peaty has opted to race instead of the national Winter Championships in Sheffield.

Peaty will be the overwhelming favourite to win the European Short-Course Championships and has more than one eye on the world records held by Cameron van der Burgh. The event starts on Wednesday.

The South African’s 50m best in the 25m pool is 25.25 and 100m 55.61, and Peaty’s confidence comes from being close to those marks over the 50m, Olympic-sized pool.

Adam Peaty (2014)

  • 50m Breaststroke: 25.75
  • 100m Breaststroke: 56.35

World Records

  • 50m Breaststroke: 25.25 – Cameron van der Burgh (RSA)
  • 100m Breaststroke55.61 – Cameron van der Burgh (RSA)

The Briton added: “I’m actively seeking the next world record – whether I get it next week or whenever.

“I haven’t had a full taper this time, so my body’s not in proper race mode.

“A full taper for us is three or four weeks. I’ve had a week and a half. I think short course you can get away with it a bit. It will be interesting.

“I’m never going to say never, but I’m not going to put any pressure on myself.”

Peaty is one of the 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year prize, shortlisted for a second straight year.

Asked who he would vote for, Peaty said: “Probably Anthony Joshua. The way he changed the sport, lifted it up, especially the heavyweight division. He’s a really nice guy. I think he’s got a really good chance of winning it.”

Dec 12 17

Fall of Mugabe could lead to Zimbabwe being eligible to take part in Commonwealth Games again

by ZwemZa
Kirsty Coventry won Zimbabwe's last Commonwealth Games gold medal at Manchester 2002 before the country's membership of the Commonwealth was suspended ©Getty Images

Kirsty Coventry won Zimbabwe’s last Commonwealth Games gold medal at Manchester 2002 before the country’s membership of the Commonwealth was suspended ©Getty Images

Zimbabwe, which had been a member of the Commonwealth since its independence in 1980, was suspended in 2002 after a Presidential election which was widely viewed as being seriously flawed.

Discussions about a return under the administration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, sworn in as President last month, have already taken place, according to diplomats in London.

Membership of the Commonwealth brings both economic and political support; for example, the Commonwealth secretariat assists member states with election monitoring, and there are immigration privileges in the UK.

Zimbabwe hopes membership will open the way to more trade and investment, especially loans.

It will also allow them to return to the Commonwealth Games as it is open to any country that is a member of the Commonwealth.

The decision by the Commonwealth to suspend Zimbabwe came shortly after they had competed at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

They had won two medals there, a gold and silver,

The gold medal was won by Kirsty Coventry in the 200 metres individual medley.

Overall, Zimbabwe, which made its debut in the Games as Southern Rhodesia at London 1934, has won a total of 36 medals, including six gold.

It is extremely unlikely that Zimbabwe would be re-admitted in time for next year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

But they could be back in time for the edition after that in 2022, expected to take place in Birmingham.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the UK Parliament that he backed calls for Zimbabwe to be allowed to rejoin the Commonwealth but there required a lot of work to do before that could happen.

“I think it would be a fine and noble aspiration, both for the Commonwealth and for Zimbabwe,” Johnson said.

“But of course, I must caution him that several steps need to be gone through before that can happen.

“There must be free and fair elections next year, it then falls to Zimbabwe to apply to the Commonwealth Secretariat and then to make clear to the Commonwealth and to the world that Zimbabwe fulfils the criteria on human rights, on rule of law, on democracy, that are necessary for Commonwealth membership.”

Duncan Mackay

Dec 12 17

Australia reveal swimwear for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

by ZwemZa
Australia's Speedo swimwear for next year's Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast has been unveiled ©Commonwealth Games Australia

Australia’s Speedo swimwear for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast has been unveiled ©Commonwealth Games Australia

Australia’s Speedo swimwear for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast has been unveiled at the Queensland Swimming Championships in Brisbane.

The swimwear will be worn by Australian swimmers and divers at Gold Coast 2018.

Cameron McEvoy, the double Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist, was among the athletes who modelled the “fastskin” racing suits at the event at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre.

McEvoy was joined by fellow Commonwealth Games gold medallists Emma McKeon, Mack Horton and Brit Elmslie and Jake Packard, who won an Olympic bronze at last year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Divers Maddison Keeney and Domonic Bedggood, along with up and coming swim stars Clyde Lewis and Minna Atherton, also displayed the swimwear.

“Speedo and the Australian Commonwealth Games team have a long history of success together,” Commonwealth Games Australia chief executive Craig Phillips said.

“Speedo swimwear has been worn to success by so many Australian athletes in the pool at Commonwealth Games.

“We look forward to that success continuing at Gold Coast 2018, with memorable performances from our swimming and diving teams.

“The Speedo team has done a wonderful job creating a uniquely Australian design that our athletes can wear proudly in front of a passionate home crowd.”

The swimwear is due to go on sale to the Australian public in February, two months prior to the Commonwealth Games, which run from April 4 to 15.

“The solar burst design is perfect for a games in Queensland the Sunshine state,” said McKeon.

“I really like that the training suit design is also part of a replica range so that all swimmers can wear the same as their favourite Aussie athlete just like they can with their favorite team sports.”

Liam Morgan

Dec 12 17

McKeown speeds to national record at Queensland state titles

by ZwemZa
Kaylee McKeown claimed an Australian record at the Queensland Championships. (John McCutcheon)

Kaylee McKeown claimed an Australian record at the Queensland Championships.
(John McCutcheon)

Kaylee McKeown has continued a remarkable year in the pool by adding a national record to her name.

The 16-year-old earned an Australian record after claiming victory in the under-16 400m individual medley with a time of 4mins40.29secs during the Queensland Championships on Sunday.

She touched the wall more than a second in front of the previous record which was held by Ellen Fullerton (4.41.17) set in 2009.

It was a blistering start to the competition for the University of the Sunshine Coast Spartans athlete but coach Chris Mooney wasn’t shocked by the result.

“I’m not surprised by the result but it’s certainly a nice feather in the cap for her,” he said. “(And) a confidence booster for Kaylee knowing that you can train hard and be compliant with all those one percenters that we try and make in training daily and then you get a little reward with a national record.”

Kaylee wasn’t the only one to impress at the championships with sister Taylor winning the open women’s 200m breaststroke final on Sunday in a time of 2mins23.50secs.

“She swam under a time that’s required for her to make automatic selection for the Commonwealth Games,” Mooney said.

“If she swims that time again at the nat

ionals in another eight weeks’ time she’ll automatically qualify

“Again, it’s a real good confidence booster to know that you can swim the Comm Games qualifying time in a state level meet.”

Kaylee was also due to swim in the 400m freestyle final last night.

Other USC Spartans in action were Mikki Sheridan who won the open 400m IM and placed third in the 200m freestyle and Chris Raven who won the men’s 100m butterfly.

Dec 12 17

Titmus a sign of the times with stunning 4:02.86 Australian record

by ZwemZa

Brisbane schoolgirl Ariarne Titmus, who left Hobart 18 months ago to chase her swimming dreams, has become just the fourth swimmer since the legendary Tracey Wickham to hold the Australian record for 400 metres freestyle.

 The 17-year-old from St Peters Western, coached by the passionate Dean Boxall, put together the fastest ever 400m freestyle by an Australian at last night’s Queensland State Championships in the same pool that saw Wickham win both the 400 and 800m freestyle at the 1982 Commonwealth Games.

Titmus churned through the Chandler waters at the Sleeman Aquatic Centre in a sizzling 4:02.86 – taking over half a second off last night’s silver medallist Jess Ashwood’s previous mark of 4:03.34 – set when she won bronze at he Kazan World Championships in 2015.


Before Ashwood it was Olympic relay golden girl Kylie Palmer (4:03.40) who broke the five-year-old record set by her 2008 relay team mate Bronte Barratt (4:03.52) set in 2007.

It was Barratt who swam her way to notoriety for breaking Wickham’s longest standing record of 4:06.28 – a 29-year record.

In between 1977 and 1978 Wickham and 1980 Olympic 800m freestyle gold medallist Michelle Ford re-wrote the 400m record books eight-times as the two the two dueling 15-year-olds established themselves as the best middle distance freestylers the world had seen.


 Ford started the onslaught when she lowered Sonya Gray’s mark to 4:17.50 in 1977 and with the ink hardly dry on any of the eight Australian record certificates Wickham had lopped a remarkable 11 seconds off the Australian record – lowering it to a new world record of 4:06.28 by the Fina World Championships in Berlin in 1978.

Titmus is a lot like Wickham, who had the ability to go out hard or on many occasions negative split her races.

Last night Titmus wasted not time setting a cracking pace – moving through the first 100m in 57.90, the 200m in 1:59.43 and the 300m at 3:01.34.

Her eight 50s looked like this: 28.00, 29.90, 30.73, 30.80, 30.86, 31.05, 31.14 and 30.38 – an impressive performance from a youngster still very much in hard work and who under Boxall’s guidance, prepared for the State titles with a “drop taper.”

Her time was 1.4 seconds under her previous best – swum when she was fourth to American super-swimmer Katie Ledecky at this year’s Budapest World Championships – and fast enough to put her on the podium behind Ledecky and fellow American Leah Smith.

“I actually did expect it…the 200m (1:56.34 the night before) was really quick and I could take confidence from that so if I went out there and didn’t go that fast I’d be worried that I wouldn’t be able to back up,” Titmus said.

“I thought I could go around that 4:01-4:02 mark so its really good… I’m really happy with the swim.

“We’ve only had three days rest, a drop taper but I’m different, I can probably swim a bit faster in heavy work where sprinters need longer rest…it’s good that I’m swimming this fast during training and I’m definitely a lot better than I was eight months ago at Trials.

“I’ve got a lot more strength and my body composition is better and I can definitely see that in my racing now.

“I can see more improvement. I have dropped another two seconds this back half of the year. Obviously as you get faster its harder to drop those times…but over the next year I should definitely be able to crack that four minute mark which would be really exciting.

“It also means I’ve got a lot more speed for the 800m (tonight).

“I’ll have to rest in the morning and try and be as professional as I can be because it’s a tough back up going back-to-back-to-back but it is good practice for Trials because that’s only over four days. It will be exciting to see what I can do over the 800m.”

Titmus is a huge admirer of the queen of international freestyle swimming, American Kate Ledecky who has taken middle distance swimming to a whole new level.

“Kate (Ledecky) is definitely an inspiration to me because she is relatively young; she is only three years older than me,” Titmus said.

“She was going 3:58 at the same age in full taper and seeing her and racing her at Worlds in Budapest this year was great; to see why she is the best; it’s good to race her and look up to her.”

And on coach Boxall?

“I could see him on the side of the pool (urging me on)…it’s good to know he is with me while I’m swimming the race he will feel it almost just as much as me,” she said.

“He knows exactly what I have to do and he knows what I’d be feeling during the race so it’s kind of like comforting to have him there, pushing me on.

“His instructions were to get out there for the first 300m and bring it home over the final100m and I’ll be with you no matter what…so I knew he was going to do that.”

Meanwhile in other events last night:

–       Cate Campbell showed she is well and truly on track for the Commonwealth Games, clocking a sizzling 52.69 to win the 100m freestyle from sister Bronte (53.75) and their training partner Shayna Jack (53.81).

–       Two-time world champion James Magnussen out-raced a red-hot men’s 100m freestyle field to start his “comeback” campaign for the Games in 49.23 (48.90 in the heats) ahead of 19-year-old St Peters young gun Jack Cartwright (49.33) and Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers (49.60) another SPW youngster, medley boy Clyde Lewis (49.83), and Olympians James Roberts (49.85) and Cam McEvoy (50.10).

–       Three-time world champion Emily Seebohm started her week in fine style, continuing her dominance against an all-star cast in the 100m backstroke – clocking 59.22. The 25-year-old from Brisbane Grammar, although not 100 percent happy with her time, was delighted to win and keep her younger rivals at bay, with Olympian Madison Wilson (Bond University) 1:00.98 second, Sian Whittaker (Melbourne Vicentre) third in 1:01.14 and her training partner Mina Atherton fourth 1:01.39.

–       While two-time world champion Mitch Larkin, back at SPW under Boxall, backed up his impressive 400IM win the previous night with a slashing victory in his specialist 100m backstroke in 54.03 ahead of Commonwealth games gold medallist for 50m backstroke Ben Treffers (Somerset) and the versatile Cartwright (55.62).

–       Nunawading’s Jessica Hansen continued to stake her claims for a Games spot winning the 100m breaststroke in 1:07.24 from 2009m winner, Olympian Taylor McKeown (USC Spartans) 1:08.36 and Commonwealth Games 50m gold medallist Leiston Pickett (Southport Olympic) 1:08.41 while;

–       World championship rookie Daniel Cave (Melbourne Vicentre) won a thrilling men’s 100m title in 1:01.66, a fingernail ahead of Liam Hunter (Chandler) 1:01.70 with Korea’s Jaekwon Moon (1:01.73) and Olympian Jake Packard (USC Spartans) 1:01.89 both in a tight mix with just 0.23 separating the top four.


Issued on behalf of Swimming Australia by
Ian Hanson| Media Manager

Dec 11 17

Cole wins at aQuellé Ocean Racing Series

by ZwemZa
Swimming and lifesaving star Amica de Jager – a matric pupil at Woodridge College – has set her sights in sport high Picture: Supplied

Swimming and lifesaving star Amica de Jager – a matric pupil at Woodridge College – has set her sights in sport high Picture: Supplied

Africa’s largest family beach event, the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series, ended off 2017 with round 5 on Sunday morning at PE’s premier blue flag beach, Hobie Beach, with over 300 participants and many out-of-town visitors taking part.
Visiting Cape Town swimmer, Anthony Pearse who was in town with the Western Province team at the SA Schools water polo tournament, won the tough 3km swim ahead of PE’s 16 year old Josh Tucker and Greg Hough. Sunday’s swim events were made all the tougher  when one of the marker buoys drifted off-course making for a longer swim for all. Another visitor to excel on the weekend was 13 year old Chloe Le Roux, daughter of Springbok rugby legend Ollie Le Roux, who is currently on holiday in Jeffrey’s Bay from Bloemfontein and came to PE to take part in the Series. Cape Town swimmer Annah Watkinson was 2nd with St Francis Bay swimmer Chane de Jager in 3rd place.

Keegan Cooke and Antonella Saporta both enjoyed their second win of the season in the 2km Ocean Swim event to extend their lead in the overall standings. Cooke was followed in by Jared Jordan and Carl Mangan whilst Michelle Enslin placed 2nd behind Saporta with Katherine Stutterheim in 3rd place.

In the 1km ocean swim it was Cole Craig who crossed the line for his 2nd win of the Season ahead of Kyle White and Joel Carlse which unbeaten St Francis Bay swimmer and national surf lifesaver Amica de Jager won ahead of Hannah Counihan and Lindi Terblanche. In his first ever ocean swim, 12 year old Ethan Duminy from Johannesburg won the 400m swim from Jason Every and Daniel Richter whilst Anseri Nel was the victor in the ladies 400m ahead of 7 year old Sienna Gous and Christel Koen.

Being the last race for the year, the lucky draws were boosted by an additional R5,000 worth of prizes with Sanet Owen winning a Mk2 wetsuit from local manufacturer BluSmooth. Next race in the Series will take place on Sunday 14th January. Full results and information on the website


aQuellé Ocean Racing Series
Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth
Sunday 10th December 2017

Round 5

1km Ocean Swim
: 1 Cole Craig (17:39); 2 Kyle White (20:31); 3 Joel Carlse (22:25); 4 Michael Fairall (24:15); 5 Stewert Hodgerson (24:34); 6 Connor Craig (25:52); 7 Jason Sliziuk (26:42); 8 Muhammad Allie (26:54); 9 Kieran White (26:57); 10 Charl Parkin (27:33); 11 Matthew Tucker (28:53); 12 Sean Swanepoel (29:51); 13 Rolf Kickhofel (29:56); 14 Chris Meistre (29:59); 15 Tyrone Kunneke (30:25); 16 Bryce Robertson (30:27); 17 Wade Van Rensburg (30:58); 18 Mark Oosthuizen (31:16); 19 Mitch Tiltman (31:22); 20 Ivo Vankriksbilck (31:34); 

Ladies: 1 Amica De Jager (18:37); 2 Hannah Counihan (21:43); 3 Lindi Terblanche (22:33); 4 Holly Barnes (27:58); 5 Heather Dutton (30:15); 6 Carmen Jaquire (30:51); 7 Tiara Finnis (31:04); 8 Jennifer Sainsbury (31:18); 9 Belinda Cole (31:41); 10 Gabi Gervais (31:45); 11 Paige Muller (31:59); 12 Val Millen (32:01); 13 Cindy Forbes (32:21); 14 Sarah Hagedorn-Hansen (32:29); 15 Daina Bosch (33:32); 16 Bev Truter (35:00); 17 Elizabeth Orrey (35:06); 18 Mariette Hattingh (35:33); 19 Vuyo Bongela (42:24); 20 Kelly Naidoo (43:32); 

2km Ocean Swim
: 1 Keegan Cooke (30:41); 2 Jared Jordan (36:19); 3 Carl Mangan (36:27); 4 Mark Edge (36:32); 5 Ronald Scheffer (36:41); 6 Lee Cothill (36:43); 7 Louis De Villers (37:40); 8 Kyle Buckingham (38:44); 9 Daren Davidson (40:04); 10 Mark Alderman (40:34); 11 Jose Coelho (41:16); 12 Malcolm Robinson (41:48); 13 Nick Chapman (43:41); 14 Wade Vieira (45:48); 15 Justin Fraenkel (46:16); 16 Stephen Burgess (47:47); 17 Heath Broughton (48:02); 18 Andrew Stewart (49:41); 19 Grant Miskin (50:32); 20 Brenton Blignaut (51:10); 

Ladies: 1 Antonelle Saporta (36:38); 2 Michelle Enslin (43:01); 3 Katherine Stutterheim (43:22); 4 Delwen Henderson (46:56); 5 Mary-Anne Stott (47:49); 6 Charne Hiscock (49:09); 7 Michelle Cronje (49:18); 8 Elsa Craig (54:16); 9 Natasha Boshoff (54:46); 10 Angie Sampson (54:53); 11 Lindsay Steele (54:55); 12 Jeanette Van Tonder (1:02:32); 13 Debbi Hudson (1:02:55); 14 Trevlyn Lotz (1:07:20); 15 Jill Weakley (1:08:21); 16 Maria Stott (1:16:26); 

3km Ocean Swim
: 1 Anthony Pearse (50:00); 2 Joshua Tucker (50:38); 3 Greg Hough (51:29); 4 Heinrich Vorster (55:58); 5 Barry Serfontein (56:39); 6 Shane Darey (56:52); 7 Eben Haarhoff (57:01); 8 Graeme Renard (58:58); 9 Anton Kerdey (59:00); 10 Bernard Kapp (59:46); 11 Simon Barry (1:01:26); 12 Stanford Slabbert (1:01:55); 13 Pietman Delport (1:03:15); 14 Andre Kleynhans (1:03:54); 15 Jacques Joubert (1:05:05); 16 Bruce Gie (1:05:45); 17 Jason Ensor (1:08:09); 18 Ross Helliwell (1:09:22); 19 Neville Noble (1:09:32); 20 Jared Cassidy (1:11:20); 

Ladies: 1 Chloe Le Roux (53:16); 2 Annah Watkinson (58:12); 3 Chane De Jager (58:19); 4 Lauren Smith (1:04:02); 5 Susan Derbyshire (1:12:32); 6 Natalie Hagedorn-Hansen (1:13:27); 7 Nina Petra Bodisch (1:22:30); 

400m Ocean Swim
: 1 Ethan Duminy (12:45); 2 Jason Every (14:24); 3 Daniel Richter (14:38); 4 Philip Wessels (14:49); 5 Siphosethu Nomoyi (14:51); 6 Alistair Forsyth (15:00); 7 Bernard Richter (15:33); 8 Murry Johnson (15:36); 9 Jean-Pierre Pellissier (15:42); 10 Mark Pellissier (15:44); 11 Tristan Harding (16:43); 12 Timothy Barnes (17:59); 13 Liam Viljoen (24:36); 14 Darryll Viljoen (24:39); 

Ladies: 1 Anseri Nel (15:02); 2 Sienna Gous (16:48); 3 Christel Koen (18:14); 4 Lucy Dyer (18:26); 5 Andrea Dyer (18:29); 6 Yanelisa Nomoyi (18:31); 7 Morgan Gous (18:39); 8 Cheryl Kietzmann (23:25); 9 Erna Lochner (23:32); 10 Jessie Bohr (24:24); 
11 Mandy Glover (27:38); 12 Kirsty Glover (27:41); 13 Tracy Gous (34:08)


Dec 11 17

Is new High-Tech swimsuit helping young swimmers too much?

by ZwemZa

Cover Start

Believe it or not, just as winter is beginning so is the competitive swim season in many places.

This year, a poolside debate is heating up over the high-tech, very expensive swimsuits some kids are wearing to get an edge.

In a graceful sport consumed with speed, swimmers are always looking for that extra edge.

“This is my first junior nationals this is the biggest meet of your life like I’m going to get you a new tech suit,” said one swimmer, Malia Mills.

15-year-old Mills believes her high-tech swimsuit shaved two seconds off her time at junior nationals, an eternity in swimming.

“It’s basically like another layer of skin, it’s very very tight and it’s very hard to get on,” Mills said.
Matt Farrell is with USA Swimming. He’s concerned swimmers younger than 12 are relying more on technology and less on training.

What’s the pressure like among parents to buy these high tech suits?

“There’s just a natural competitiveness in youth sports and in any activity,” Farrell said. “It just creates a parental arms race to have the best of anything, to have their kid perform better.”

That competition became so intense, swim chapters around the country started banning high-tech suits for younger swimmers a few months ago.

Southern California led the way followed by Arkansas, Maine, New England, New Jersey and South Carolina.

High tech suits actually repel water? Absolutely!

This summer USA Swimming hired independent consultant Stu Isaac to determine if a nationwide ban is needed to level the lanes.

When the water is on it it just runs right off and you can see it.

It’s completely dry. So how much faster can that make you in the water?

It reduces the drag, it’s just not absorbing the water and when it doesn’t absorb the water, it doesn’t change your density of the suit while you’re swimming.

If a 12-year-old girl wears one of these high-tech suits, are they going to swim like Katie Ladecky?
“No, but still what makes a swimmer good is of course talent, there physical makeup, but it’s really the technique, it’s the training,” Isaac said.

Part of the debate also involves money.

The suits range in price from $100 to $549.

Parents like Laura Beuning held out for as long as she could.

“It would feel wrong to send her to a big competition, where everyone else is wearing the suit and she isn’t,” Beuning said.

So you felt pressured to buy one?

“Yes very much so,” Beuning said.

We asked a group of young swimmers about a possible ban.

How would you feel if there was a ban on 10 and under for tech suits?

“Not very happy,” said George Hoverman, a 10-year-old swimmer.

“Because I already have one and I don’t want to waste it,” Hoverman said.

Do you think you can swim just as fast without your tech suit?

“I don’t know,” Hoverman said.

It’s that psychological component that some coaches like Patrick Collins say instills a false sense of speed.

“A lot of them look at it like some magic pill,” Collins said. “But years from now, I’d rather a kid say, ‘Hey, it was me and all the hard work that I put into the sport,’ rather than just the suit that got them to shave that time.”

USA Swimming will announce their recommendation for a nationwide ban next month. An interesting side note, Utah State did a study that found the more families spend on the best equipment and training for their child the less interested their children become in the sport.

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