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2018 Swimming season kicks off with the SA Grand Prix in Nelspruit

by ZwemZa on January 11th, 2018
Ayrton Sweeney during day 3 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Swimming Trials at Kings Park Swimming Pool on December 18, 2017 in Durban, South Africa. Image: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

Ayrton Sweeney during day 3 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Swimming Trials at Kings Park Swimming Pool on December 18, 2017 in Durban, South Africa. Image: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

The first leg of the 2018 South African Swimming Grand Prix kicks off at the Van Riebeeck Park Pool in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga from 13th to 14th January.

The event is part of Swimming SA’s long-term participant development programme for 2020 and is aimed at providing a high level competition for SA’s athletes.

Stiff competition is expected when the best of South Africa’s rising talent go up against the German National Youth Swimming team, with SA’s Ayrton Sweeney racing against Germany’s Paul Reither in both the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

Erin Gallagher and Germany’s Angelina Kohler will battle it out in the 50 and 100m freestyle as well as the 100m butterfly, while Olympian Michelle Weber and up and coming swimmer, Rebecca Meder will add to the highlights of the Grand Prix.

This year’s competition will also feature an Open Water section scheduled for 15h00 on Friday, 12th and 08h00 on Saturday, 13th January at the Longmere Dam, Whiteriver, while the swimming finals of the competition will be held on Saturday 13th at 14h00 and Sunday 14th January at 08h30.

The second and final leg of the Grand Prix will be held in Stellenbosch from 16th to 18th February 2018.

Supplied by SSA

 

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