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South African swimming team tops the medal podium on Day 01 of the CANA Zone IV Championships

by ZwemZa on February 16th, 2019

Girls under-14 competitors Ines Gebert from Mauritius (bronze), Kelly-Ann Brown from South Africa (silver) and Lise Coetzee from South Africa (gold). (Namibian Sun)

The South African swimming team opened the CANA Zone IV Championships with an impressive total of 19 medals (8 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze) and six new Championship Records at the Olympia Swimming Pool in Windhoek, Namibia today.

Lise Coetzee (14) and Kelly-Ann Brown (14) had a record breaking start to the competition, finishing with the gold and silver in the 800m freestyle, both under the previous 2017 Championship Record of 9:37.40 in 9:32.31 and 9:37.00, while Mauritius’ Ines Gebert (14) claimed the bronze in 10:36.11.

Coetzee topped the medal podium once again in the 100m backstroke with a new Championship Record time of 1:09.08, ahead of SA’s Emma Kuhn (14) in 1:11.23 and Gebert in 1:13.01. Kuhn also finished second in the 50m breaststroke in 35.21.

16 year old Kelsea Munro won the 100m backstroke title with a new Championship Record time of 1:07.87, beating the 2009 mark which stood at 1:09.90 held by SA’s Hayley Plumpstead.

In the men’s U14 800m freestyle, Leshen Pillay (14) raced to another Championship Record, winning the gold in a fast 9:28.58, followed by team-mate Kian Keylock (13) in 10:04.58 and Botswana’s Benco van Rooyen (14) in 10:18.64.

Keylock also won the bronze in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:07.00.

Cameron Casali (16) won a gold and two silvers during the opening day, finishing first in the 100m backstroke in 1:03.17, second in the 800m freestyle in 9:12.41, while in the 50m breaststroke; Casali touched the wall in 32.03 behind team-mate Jakobus Terblanche (16) in 31.98 and ahead of Angola’s Salvador Gordo (16) in 32.26.

Megan Shepherd (15) secured the silver in the 50m breaststroke, clocking 35.61 ahead of SA’s Ashton Volkwyn (16) in 36.02 and followed that performance with a bronze in the 800m freestyle, with a time of 10:10.34.

The ladies’ U14 4 x 200m medley relay team concluded the evening on a high note with a gold medal, clocking 2:09.74, while the men’s U14 relay team finished with the silver in 2:02.54. In the Over 15 200m medley relay, the ladies’ took the top spot with a new Championship Record time of 2:03.95 ahead of Mauritius in 2:08.85 and Namibia in 2:10.78.

The competition continues tomorrow with the Open Water races, which will take place at the Oanob Dam from 08h30.

Medal rankings (after day 1):

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
South Africa 8 8 3 19
Namibia 4 6 5 15
Zimbabwe 3 2 1 6
Botswana 2 3 3 8
Mauritius 2 3 3 8
Seychelles 2 0 1 3
Angola 1 1 1 3
Zambia 1 0 1 2
Kenya 1 0 0 1
Mozambique 0 1 2 3
Uganda 0 0 3 3
Malawi 0 0 1 1

Supplied by Swimming South Africa

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