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SA Level 3 Champs underway in PE

by ZwemZa on March 12th, 2015

Coverdive000The South African Level 3 Age Group Championships got underway at the Newton Park Pool in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on Thursday as the creme of South African age group swimming gathered for the season finale.

The program saw the finals of the 400m freestyle events contested on Thursday evening.

In the 17 & 18 age group it was the dynamic Marlies Ross (Tuks) who had an exciting tussle with Megan van Wyk (Seagulls) to claim a close victory in a time of 4:22,50 a mere ,08 ahead of her rival. One will look with interest at Ross’ performances during this competition as the Pretoria based dynamo has been ill with influenza in the lead up to this competition.

Kristin Bellingan (Cybersmart) claimed the minor placing in 4:26,39.

The boys race also saw an exciting race for line honors with Brent Szurdoki (Waterborn) posting a 3:57,26 ahead of the Seagulls duo of Josh Dannhauser (3:38,88) and Brendan Levy (4:02,21).

In the 16 year old age group it was the promising Erin Gallagher (Seagulls) who dominated proceedings to post a comfortable victory with an impressive 4:20,09, which was the fastest time of the session. Nathania van Niekerk (Mandeville Dolphins) secured the silver in a time of 4:28,01 ahead of Samantha Randle (Tuks) 4:31,29

The boys race saw Kevin Bargate (Action Acadamy) also dominate proceedings with a fast 4:04,94 well ahead of Trent Panzera (Waterborn) (4:12,36) who edged out a game Brandon Arlow (Tygerburg Aquatics) for the silver. Arlow posted a 4:13,46

In the 15 year age group it was Taneal Baptiste (Players) who was involved in a close battle for line honors with Caylyn Bromley (Aqua Sharks). Baptiste claimed the title in a time of 4:32,41 ahead of Bromley who posted 4:33,97. The battle for the minor placing was also intense with Robyn Kinghorn (Action Acadamy) edging out Heike Thormahlen (Tuks) in a race for the line which saw her claim the medal by ,16 with a time of 4:39,11.

In the boys race Jarryd Baxter (Waterborn) served notice on his fellow competitors that he certainly is a talent that will be reckoned with in years to come. Baxter claimed the gold with a 3:58,18 ahead of team mate Roberto Gomes (4:08,96) and Seagulls’ Rance Grower-Winter (4:16,59).

The 14 year old girls saw Kate Beavon (Waterborn) dominate proceedings from the start to claim the title in a time of 4:21,82 well ahead of Michee van Rooyen (Players) (4:26,30) and Liza-Marie de Beer (Mandeville Dolphins) (4:35,79)

In the boys race things were much of a muchness with Luke Erwee (Action Acadamy) claiming the gold with a 4:09,39 ahead of Tiago Corderio (Seagulls) in a time of 4:11,57. Cameron Matthews (Aqua Sharks) was involved with a close race with Andrey Omeltchenko (Tuks) for the minor placing when he claimed the bronze just ,09 ahead of a game Omeltchenko in a time of 4:16,90.

Kiara Noades (University of Stellenbosch) won the gold in the 13 year old girls when she raced to a 4:34,23 ahead of Jordan-Jenna Rolf (Waterborn) (4:36,50) and Hanim Abrahams (Aqua Sharks) (4:37,95), while in the boys event James Freeman (Vineyard) claimed the title with a 4:27,88. Gawie Nortje (Bloemfontein Otters) won the silver in 4:36,50 ahead of Juvahn Singh (Westville) who won the bronze in 4:34,34.

In girls 12&under Rebecca Meder (Tygerburg) claimed gold when she posted a 4:32,17 ahead of a game Dune Coetzee (Tuks) who had to settle for the silver in a time of 4:34,56. Joanne Liebenburg (Namibian Swimming Invitation) was well off the pace with a 4:50,05 in winning the bronze medal.

The boys event saw Luan Grobbelaar (Barracudas) race to victory posting a time of 4:20,00. Ruan Breytenbach (Hillcrest) won silver in 4:34,56 ahead of Etrhan Spieker (Champion) (4:31,80)

The South African Level 3 Championships is contested on a club basis and the Top 10 standings after the first night of competition is :

  1. Waterborn Swimming Club 98 points
  2. Seagulls SC 67points
  3. TUKS Swimming Club 64 points
  4. Action Swimming Academy 35 points
  5. Tygerburg Aquatics 34points
  6. Aqua Sharks Academy 33points
  7. Players Swimming Club 32 points
  8. Mandeville Dolphins 21 points
  9. Barracudas Aquarama   & Vineyards SC  & University of Stellenbosch 14 points

Level 3 Day 1 finals results




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