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Kings Park braces for explosive 2019 South African National Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa on April 7th, 2019

Tatjana Schoenmaker during day 5 evening session of the SA National Aquatic Championships 2017 held in Durban at the Kings Park Aquatic Center on 7 April 2017 Photo Credit/Anesh Debiky

The 2019 South African National Swimming Championships gets underway on Monday at the Kings Park Aquatic Complex in Durban, when swimmers will compete for spots on the national team for 2019 Fina World Swimming Championships in Korea during July.

Event Information:

The first draft selection for the 2020 South African Olympic squad will emanate from participants at the 2019 Fina World Swimming Championships.

The indomitable Chad Le Clos will have a full program in Durban, racing the 50m, 100m and 200m Butterfly events, while taking on the 100m and 200m freestyle as well.

Ayrton Sweeney is entered in the 200m breast, along with the 200m IM and 400m IM.

Rebecca Meder Women 1500 LC Meter Freestyle during the 2017 South Africa National Aquatic Championships at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre, South Africa on 05 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The promising and highly rated Rebecca Meder will hope to continue her fine form from the recent South African National Junior Age Group Swimming Championships (SANJ) performances at Kings Park this week when she tackles the 100m and 200m free, 200m IM and 400m IM along with the 100m breaststroke.

The highly rated Erin Gallagher is sure to be a contender in the 50m and100m free as well as the 50m and 100 fly , while Dune Coetzee is sure to impress in the 200 free, 100m fly and 200m fly. Here the talented Taylor Lovemore cannot be discounted.

Kaylene Corbett competing in the women’s open 100m breaststroke race of the 2018 Commonwealth Games swimming trials at Kings Park pool in Durban Picture: Steve Haag

Tatjana Schoenmaker the current African and South African record holder and 2018 Commonwealth Games champion will be contesting her breaststroke specialty. Her training partner, Kayleen Corbett is sure to push her all the way, while the talented Lara van Niekerk can never be underestimated.

Sprint specialists Brad Tandy , Zane Waddell , Douglas Erasmus and  Ryan Coetzee are sure to have the capacity crowds on their feet when they take to the stage.

The return of the highly talented Christopher Reid to South Africa is sure to add some spice to the backstroke items where he will be challenged for the illusive championship slot by the likes of Martin Binedell, Ruan Ras and Zane Waddell.

All swimmers will reap the benefits of the Kings Park Aquatic Complex finally getting outfitted with starting block wedges both on top, as well as in the water for backstroke. This is as a result of an iniutive by stalwart Coach, Wayne Riddin which the wider coaching fraternity in South Africa had contributed.

Below are the 2019 Fina World Swimming Championships Qualifying Time’s that the local athletes must meet to book their ticket to Gwangju, bearing in mind that the A qualifying time must be posted in the final.

In the event of one or both of the first two placed finalists not achieve an A qualifying time, the athletes with the fastest A times in either heat or semi-final may be considered for selection provided that they swim in the final of that event.

If there are no A qualifiers in an Olympic even, the first swimmer in the final achieving a FINA B QT may be considered for selection.

Qualifying times for the 18th FINA World Championships:

Men’s Standard Women’s Standard
22.18 50 m Freestyle 25.04
48.80 100 m Freestyle 54.49
1.47:40 200 m Freestyle 1.58:66
3.48:15 400 m Freestyle 4.10.57
7.54:31 800 m Freestyle 8.38.56
15.07:38 1500 m Freestyle 16.32:04
54.06 100 m Backstroke 1.00:59
1.58:34 200 m Backstroke 2.11:53
59.95 100 m Breaststroke 1.07:43
2.11:00 200 m Breaststroke 2.25:91
51.96 100 m Butterfly 58.48
1.56:71 200 m Butterfly 2.09:21
2:00.22 200 m Ind. Medley 2.13.03
4.17:90 400 m Ind. Medley 4.43:06

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