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Newton Park sizzles as more records tumble at Level 3

by ZwemZa on March 15th, 2015

L3posterThe South African Level 3 Age Group swimming championships at the Newton Park Pool in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape continues to sizzle as more records took a tumble during the finals session on Sunday evening.

In the boys 12&under 200m Individual Medley it was Luan Grobbelaar (Barracudas) who continues to impress when he smashed his 2014 record established at the British National Age Group Championships of 2:20,29 when he posted a rapid 2:16,43 to rewrite the record books in claiming the title. Second placed Ruan Breytenbach (Hillcrest) was also under the previous mark with his effort of 2:20,42 in claiming the silver medal ahead of bronze medalist Dylan Wright (Tygerburg) who recorded a time of 2:26,59.

The promising Jarryd Baxter (Waterborn) continued his fine form in the boys aged 15 200m Individual medley when he posted a 2:05,89 to once again rewrite the record books by surpassing his 2014 mark established at the 2014 Australian Age Group Championships of 2:07,88. Gareth Kemp (Seagulls) won the silver medal with a 2:12,40 ahead of bronze medalist Louw Oberholzer (Diadora) who posted a 2:13,30.

Luan Grobbelaar returned to the stage later in the evening for the 50m backstroke where he slashed over half a second off the mark established by Mickey Olivier (Seals) of 30,58 established at the 2008 Telkom SA National level 3 Championships. Grobbelaar recorded a time of 30,02 in a event he dominated from the gun to win the title convincingly well ahead of second placed Ethan Riekert (Tuks) who went a 31,41 to claim the silver. Ruan Breytanbach had to settle for the minor podim placing with a time of 32,08.

In the 50m freestyle items which started off the evenings program it was again Zane Waddell (Bloemfontein Seals) who served notice to his rivals that he is a force to be reckoned with when he claimed the boys 15 year old title in a rapid 23,57 well ahead of Ryan van Wyk (Diadora) (24,38) and Kevin Bargate (Action Academy) (24,39) who completed the podium. The record of Brent Walsh (Kloof) of 23,06 established at the 2008 KZN championships certainly will be under threat when Waddell lines up at the forthcoming SA National Aquatic Championships in Durban during April.

Wilmer du Plessis Kyle van Niekerk, Bryce Pendock , Josh Walters  and Armand Maritz (Facebook)

Wilmer du Plessis Kyle van Niekerk, Bryce Pendock , Josh Walters and Armand Maritz (Facebook)

The boys 17-18year old 50m freestyle title went to Kyle van Niekerk (Waterborn) who continues to have a solid meet in a time of 24,06. Wilmer du Plessis (Bloemfontien Seals) garnered the silver in a time of 24,31 while the bronze was shared three ways with Bryce Pendock (Maties), Josh Walters (Action Academy) and Armand Maritz all posting a 24,37.

Rachel Stevenson (GZSA) won an exciting tussle for the girls title when she posted a 27,18 to edge out the Seals duo of Chelsea Meiring (27,20) and Jamie Reynolds (27,21) to claim the title.

The boys 17-18 years old 200m Individual medley saw Neil Fair (Centurion) secure the title with a time of 2:06,08 ahead of Brent Szurdoki (Waterborn) (2:07,50) and Ruan Ras (Tuks) (2:08,70). In the girls event Marlies Ross (Tuks) continued to show no signs of her recent bout of influenza when she dominated proceedings to claim the title in a time of 2:20,22 ahead of the Seagulls duo of Megan van Wyk (2;21,33) and Emily Visage (2:23,89).

The boys 17-18 years old 50m backstroke saw Josh Walters (Action Acadamy) claim the title with a time of 27,17 ahead of Credence Pattinson (Aquabears) who claimed the silver with a time of 27,33 ahead of David van der Colff (Tuks) who had to settle for bronze when he posted a 27,65.

Ironically it was Zane Waddell who recorded the fastest time in the 50m backstroke during the session in the 16 year age group when he challenged his national mark of 26,42 with a 26,76. This youngster certainly has a promising future ahead of himself.

Jamie Reynolds, Rita Naude, Dixon (Facebook)

Jamie Reynolds, Rita Naude, Tia Dixon (Facebook)

Rita Naude (Tuks) won the girls 17-18 year 50m backstroke in a time of 30,35 over Jamie Reynolds (Seals) who posted a 30,39 for the silver ahead of Tia Dixon (Maties) who completed the podium with a 31,72.

Just as with the boys events there were some faster times recorded in the younger age groups. In the 15 year old age group Mariella Venter (Waterborn) posted the fastest time of the session by a girl with a 29,74 while 16 year old Erin Gallagher (seagulls) looked good with her 29.94.

The girls 15 – 18 years old 800m freestyle saw Megan van Wyk (Seagulls) win the gold in a time of 9:03, 33 ahead of Kristian Bellingan (Cybersmart) (9:07,06) and Samantha Randle (Tuks) (9:13,81).

The boys 15-18 years old 1500m freestyle title went to Brent Szurdoki (Waterborn) in a time of 15:55,57 when he edged out his team mate, the promising Jarryd Baxter (15:56,24) in a closely contested affair. Dayen Wilson won the bronze in a time of 16:17,12 to give Waterborn a complete sweep of the podium.

Top 10 Team standings after completion of Sunday evenings events :

  1. Waterborn Swimming Club 1102,5 points
  2. Tuks Swimming Club 756,83 points
  3. Seagulls SC 596 points
  4. Tygerburg Aquatics 354 points
  5. Aqua Sharks Academy 265 points
  6. University of Stellenbosch 240,33 points
  7. Action Swim Academy 221,33 points
  8. Baracudas 212 points
  9. Bloemfontein Otters 207,5 points
  10. Players Swimming Club 205 points

Day 4 Finals results 

Day 4 Prelim Results


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