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Mar 14 19

Sell out for PE’s international Bellbuoy swim event

by ZwemZa

SA’s bravest swimmers get ready to tackle this year’s Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge (Zports)

Port Elizabeth will confirm its status as the water sports capital of South Africa when the Open Water World Tour (OWWT) comes to town on the 13th of April.

The Jendamark Bellbouy Challenge will be the first stop on the OWWT which makes its way to the southern hemisphere for the first time in its history. The OWWT, which generally attracts swimmers from various European countries, will brace the shores of Nelson Mandela Bay for what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive swims of the year.

Two of the international swimmers that have been confirmed for the event are the 2018 men’s and ladies’ OWWT winners Xabier Gordoa Aspiazu and Andrea Fos Corbera. Both will be competing for the first time in South Africa and will have high expectations of getting the better of local favourites such as Paige Black, Amica de Jager and last year’s men’s champion, SA swimming legend, Gary Albertyn from Pretoria.

The main reason for the attraction of such a stellar field is the prodigious prize pool available at the event, which is billed as the Indian Ocean’s premier swim. Competitors will be fighting it out for their share of R76 000 with the men’s and ladies’ winners each taking home a cool R10 000 in cash. Prizes are allocated as far down as 10th place in each category. In addition to the cash prizes for overall winners, there are also a few special prizes awarded. Participants competing and finishing their 5th Bellbuoy Challenge as well as age group winners will receive a unique locally crafted South African wire replica of the bell buoy around which swimmers turn some 2.5km off the coast.

The 2019 event will be the 10th edition of the Bellbuoy Challenge and there are a select few competitors who have managed to qualify for and complete all ten. This is a tremendous feat considering the challenges which swimmers face when taking on the swim. Swimmers wanting to swim in the Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge must prove their competency in an ocean swim over a similar distance. This is due to the ocean offering unique challenges like swells and currents which inexperienced ocean swimmers may find overwhelming. Last year saw stunning weather conditions for the event with flat seas almost all the way out to the bell buoy, however, this is not always the case.

A race briefing will be held at News Cafe at 6 pm on Friday the 12th of April for swimmers to become familiar with all the procedures for the race as well as to give all competitors a chance to meet and interact with one another while picking up their race packs.

With a sell-out entry and some of the best open water swimmers in the world present, the 2019 Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge is set to make waves in Nelson Mandela Bay and indeed the world.

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Mar 14 19

Campbells and Chalmers headline NSW State Open

by ZwemZa

Cate & Bronte (NSW Swimming)

Olympians, Paralympians and Commonwealth Games champions will take to the iconic Sydney Olympic Park pool this weekend for the 2019 NSW State Open Championships.

Marking their first competition since moving to Sydney, sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell will be squaring off in the 100m freestyle event on the first day of competition, followed by the 50m freestyle on day two ensuring an electrifying start to the meet.

Olympic gold medallist Kyle Chalmers will strive to gain race experience ahead of the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in his home town of Adelaide, as he competes in three events. Chalmers will feature in the Men’s 100m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly on Friday and the Men’s 200m Freestyle on Saturday to round out his program.

Joining the trio in the star-studded line up will also be Olympians Mack Horton and Cameron McEvoy. Horton and McEvoy will compete in the Men’s 100m Freestyle on day one of competition, while they’ll also dive in for the Men’s 200m Freestyle on day two, heats and finish off with the Men’s 50m Freestyle on the final day of the meet.

Horton will also compete in his pet event – the Men’s 400m Freestyle – with these heats kicking off the Championships at 9:00am on Friday morning.

After claiming top honours in the first leg of the World Para Swimming Series last month in Melbourne, Ellie Cole and fellow Paralympian Blake Cochrane will also compete at the Open Championships – marking the last chance to race competitively before trying to qualify in Adelaide for the World Para Swimming Championships.

NSW Swimming

Mar 13 19

Duncan Scott has British Swimming backing to compete in ISL

by ZwemZa

Duncan Scott won gold in the 200m freestyle at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow (Getty Images)

Duncan Scott says he has the backing of British Swimming to join the breakaway International Swimming League (ISL).

However Scott, who last year became the first Scottish athlete to win six medals at the same Commonwealth Games, says his priority is a place on the Olympic podium in Tokyo next year.

The ISL is hoping to lure the sport’s top stars into a lucrative competition.

“I think it’s great for the sport,” Olympic silver medallist Scott, 21, told BBC Scotland

“They’ve obviously created this ‘London team’. There’s other teams around the world as well being created and getting world-class athletes representing them.

“They’ve pinpointed certain locations to host the final or a competition. I think it’s all looking really good and it’s just about getting it done, and I think maybe in a couple of years it’ll pick up more pace.”

The London team will be renamed later this year and is one of eight European or United States franchises that will compete in six events, with the London leg of the league taking place from 23-24 November.

“I’ve got to show that I’m interested and I’ve got to try and help the competition because it’s got to start somewhere. If this has got to be the year, then this has got to be the year,” said Scott.

“As far as I’ve been told, British Swimming are happy enough for us to sign up and compete, but we’re tailored around the Olympic Games.”

BBC Scotland

Mar 13 19

WADA files appeal against Sun Yang doping decision

by ZwemZa

Sun Yang of Zhejiang celebrates after the men’s 800m freestyle swimming final at 13th Chinese National Games in north China’s Tianjin Municipality, Sept. 4, 2017. Sun Yang claimed the title with 7 minutes and 46.80 seconds. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)

The World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday it had filed an appeal against a decision to clear Chinese swimming star Sun Yang of missing an out of competition doping test.

WADA, meeting in Lausanne, told AFP that it had filed the appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) following a decision by swimming’s world governing body FINA not to pursue a case against the multiple world champion.

Sun, who has won Olympic gold in the 200m, 400m and 1 500m freestyle, missed an out-of-competition test on September 4 at his home in China’s Zhejiang province.

“WADA has filed a CAS appeal in the case of Sun Yang,” a spokesperson for the anti-doping authority said.

The swimmer – who was banned for three months in 2014 for taking a stimulant – was cleared of wrongdoing by FINA in January, according to his lawyers.

Sun failed to comply with the test requirements but a FINA doping panel cleared him of wrongdoing because testers for IDTM – the body which conducts tests – had breached several rules.

Those included failing to produce authorisation letters and a nursing licence, his lawyers said in a statement.

Sun’s lawyers also threatened legal action against a British newspaper, the Sunday Times, which claimed Sun clashed with the anti-doping testers and he and a bodyguard smashed a sealed vial of blood with a hammer.

Sun is one of China’s greatest-ever athletes and is hugely popular at home. But his career has been dogged by controversy over doping suspicions and he was publicly branded a drug cheat by his Australian rival Mack Horton at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

AFP

Mar 11 19

White claims City Lodge 3 Beaches Challenge title

by ZwemZa

5 year old Pearson scholar Kyle White was the winner at Sunday’s City Lodge Hotels 3 Beach Challenge.
(Oracle Media)

Despite the forecast of horrific weather for the Bay, which didn’t materalise, a record entry of just under 250 participants took part in Sunday’s City Lodge Hotels Group 3 Beaches Challenge from Nelson Mandela Bay’s Pollok Beach.

Pearson High School scholar, Kyle White, and Summerwood’s Robyn Hough, were the individual winners having swum from Pollok Beach to Hobie Beach, exited the water around a transition area about 50m up the beach, swum to Humewood Beach, around a similar beach transition, swum to Kings Beach and then ran back to Pollok Beach. Josh Tucker was the early leader going through transition at Hobie Beach but White had a fast transition at Kings Beach to take the lead and didn’t look back over the 3.5km run.

The race was open to individuals who swam all 3 swim legs and then did the run, teams of two with one swimmer doing all 3 swim legs before tagging their runner as well as teams of four with individual swimmers doing each of the 3 legs and a runner. Kian and Lisa Claasen were the fastest Duo team ahead of Liquid Lines’ Tim Briscoe and Michael Lindsay with Tough Houghs’ Greg & Megan Hough placing 3rd overall. In the quad team it was the Loftes family of Howard, Nina, Zara and Callum who took the honours ahead of The uncalled 4 (Aimee Pohlmann, Astin Sampson, Keith Sparks & Nicola Weber) with team JYS (Siphosethu and Yanelisa Nomoyi) in 3rd place.

“The 3 Beaches Challenge overs something different in Port Elizabeth for the open water swimmers and also enables family members to join in on the fun by taking part in the run or swim legs.” said Town Lodge Port Elizabeth General Manager Glenn Pappin. “The uniqueness of the event seems to draw more and more people each year and we’re proud to be associated with this Zsports Event.”

The race was rounded off with a great prize giving at the Summerstrand Lifesaving Club with the top prizes including R500 Caltex Fuel vouchers, a night’s stay at any City Lodge Hotels group property in the country and a Blu_Smooth wetsuit. All finishers also got to enjoy a refreshing aQuellé and a selection of fruit from MC Bros when they finished.

The next open water swimming event in the bay will be the aQuellé Ocean Racing Series coming up this Sunday at Hobie Beach. For results on Sunday’s 3 Beaches Challenge, please see the website www.3beaches.co.za.

SUMMARY RESULTS
Individual
Men:
1 Kyle White (0:55:47); 2 Bruce Campbell (0:57:49); 3 Josh Tucker (0:59:14); 4 Michael Kingston (1:06:48); 5 M C Burri (1:07:26); 6 Hal Snyman (1:07:49); 7 Nick Mowbray (1:08:53); 8 Abraham Botha (1:10:11); 9 Kevin Richards (1:10:53); 10 David Roelloff (1:10:56); 11 Shane Darcy (1:11:34); 12 Iain Geddes (1:12:14); 13 Dean Schmelzer (1:13:16); 14 Emil Hougaard (1:13:33); 15 Ross Helliwell (1:14:40); 16 Philip Winfield (1:15:29); 17 Andrew Hobday (1:16:00); 18 Grant Dryden (1:16:59); 19 Grant Lemke (1:17:00); 20 Johan Heath (1:19:18); 21 John Offerman (1:19:37); 22 Steven Nortje (1:21:23); 23 Leonard John Michau (1:21:51); 24 Brendon Slabbert (1:21:58); 25 James Flanagan (1:22:47); 26 Anton Kerdey (1:23:31); 27 Kenneth Jooste (1:24:00); 28 Niko White (1:24:13); 29 Brenton Blignaut (1:24:15); 30 Markus Burri (1:24:28); 31 Kevin Gray (1:24:38); 32 Michael Wallis (1:25:09); 33 Pete Leyland (1:25:10); 34 Clayton Kensley (1:25:20); 35 Mike Smith (1:25:37); 36 Jason Sliziuk (1:26:33); 37 Clayton Johnson – Goddard (1:26:44); 38 Vicus Bosch (1:27:27); 39 Charl Parkin (1:27:37); 40 Andrew Smit (1:27:42); 41 Armand Beer (1:27:46); 42 Marius Stander (1:28:07); 43 Jared Petzer (1:30:23); 44 Chris Howes (1:30:28); 45 Chris Batawe (1:30:30); 46 Allister Beckett (1:31:25); 47 Joser Coelho (1:31:39); 48 Ian Claydon (1:32:52); 49 Robert Barron (1:33:28); 50 Andrew Austin (1:33:56); 51 Helder De Almeida da Silva (1:34:05); 52 Ivo Vankeirsbilck (1:34:25); 53 Wynand Du Preez (1:34:31); 54 Eugene Owen (1:34:45); 55 Dusty Wolmarans (1:35:15); 56 Chris Viljoen (1:36:14); 57 Graham Richards (1:37:48); 58 Steven Cooper (1:38:09); 59 Ronnie Doyle (1:39:25); 60 Samuel Jefferys (1:40:37); 61 George Martin Winship (1:43:37); 62 Xylon Van Eyck (1:43:40); 63 Ian Thomson (1:47:54); 64 Travis Goate (1:49:06);

Ladies: 1 Robyn Hough (1:05:44); 2 Liza Kingston (1:06:47); 3 Natalie Goedhals (1:08:41); 4 Antonelle Saporta (1:08:48); 5 Hannah Counihan (1:14:43); 6 Claudia Harcus (1:17:25); 7 Janet Michaelides (1:18:19); 8 Tracy Campbell (1:19:29); 9 Participant   600 (1:21:29); 10 Delwen Henderson (1:22:04); 11 Cathy Curtain (1:24:05); 12 Agnes Nieburg (1:25:25); 13 Kelly Nortje (1:26:31); 14 Susan Derbyshire (1:27:44); 15 Salie Baisley (1:29:56); 16 Carika Burton (1:33:07); 17 Nicole Shone (1:37:34); 18 Lesley Ann Bush (1:40:09); 19 Jill Weakley (1:40:54); 20 Elaine Welsh (1:42:42); 21 Hanneke Strydom (1:43:33); 22 Rebecca Jopson (1:47:57); 23 Lisa Hen-boisen (1:50:41); 24 Lara Van Heerden (1:50:43); 25 Elzabe Phillipson (1:50:46); 26 Carol Booysen (1:50:52); 27 Roxanne Blumenthal (1:51:57); 28 Sharon Ball (1:55:40); 29 Maria Stott (2:09:03);

Lifesaving Ironman Category
1 Rob Smith (0:51:24); 2 Gary Cowper-Johnson (0:53:29); 3 Arinda Swart & Andrew Pritchard (1:01:57); 4 Kevin Stone (1:09:28);

DUO TEAMS
1 The Claasen’s (1:02:18); 2 Liquid Lines (1:03:16); 3 Tough Houghs (1:05:02); 4 Team Ameland (1:05:34); 5 Team Edge (1:09:39); 6 Lemic duo (1:10:49); 7 The Untouchables (1:11:24); 8 Team Harcus (1:11:38); 9 Haarhoffs (1:11:45); 10 automax (1:11:47); 11 Team Bosch (1:12:54); 12 Stanford and Rob  Summies Masters (1:13:31); 13 Brothers from other mothers (1:13:51); 14 Team Stutterheim (1:16:33); 15 Team Foster (1:18:23); 16 CodeBlue (1:21:08); 17 Team Joubert (1:21:34); 18 Pattinson (1:23:06); 19 Team Meinthies (1:23:09); 20 Hofmeyrs (1:26:40); 21 Team McNaughton (1:28:55); 22 Team Pfister (1:31:28); 23 My Mom made me do it (1:32:16); 24 Team Cooper (1:32:32); 25 Rollie and Lynn (1:33:10); 26 Fueled by Beer (1:37:43); 27 The Swamp People (1:41:21); 28 Bear ing North (1:45:21); 29 Squeekies (1:46:48);

QUAD TEAMS
1 The Swamp People (1:06:35); 2 The Uncalled 4 (1:13:59); 3 JYS team (1:19:16); 4 Team Wilson (1:22:08); 5 Crocs (1:25:16); 6 Los FrancoEspanoles (1:26:04); 7 The Achievers (1:26:24); 8 Phambili (1:26:49); 9 Blaasoppies (1:28:21); 10 The Swamp People (1:31:55); 11 Team Stevens (1:37:27); 12 Coastal aquatics swim academy 3 (1:40:05); 13 Coastal Aquatics Swim Academy 1 (1:40:13); 14 Coastal aquatics swim academy (1:41:25); 15 Coastal aquatics swim academy 4 (1:41:28); 16 TribeGals (1:41:38); 17 Coastal aquatics swim academy 2 (1:44:54); 18 Team KETSH UP (1:49:34); 19 Coastal aquatics swim academy 6 (2:04:52);

Supplied by Zsports

Mar 9 19

Michael Andrew cruises to win No. 5 at TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines

by ZwemZa

Michael Andrew (USA Swimming)

Four-time 2018 national champion Michael Andrew (Encinitas, Calif./Race Pace Club) nabbed two more victories, bringing his event total to five, to close out the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines. The international event, which featured swimmers from 25 nations, saw the American swimmers win every event on Saturday evening at the MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center at the Wellmark YMCA.

Andrew, who also won the 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke, captured wins four and five by claiming the 100-meter backstroke in 53.98 and the 50m free in 21.94. Also continuing their dominant performances this week were National Team members Kathleen Baker (Winston Salem, N.C./Team Elite) and Annie Lazor (Beverly Hills, Mich./ Mission Viejo Nadadores).

Baker, the current world record holder in the 100m back, swept the backstroke events this week, winning the 100m back in 59.17. The fastest time in the world this year. Lazor won the 200m breast in 2:22.99, setting a new personal best and making it two breaststroke victories in Des Moines this week.

Olympian Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks) claimed the men’s 100m fly in 51.51, while fellow National Team members Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics) and Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./BCH Heatwave) won their respective 800m free event in 8:29.12 and 7:54.28. This was Grothe’s second win of the week, having also captured the 400m free.

Olympic medalists Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics) and Gunnar Bentz (Atlanta, Ga./Dynamo Swim Club) won the women’s and men’s 200m IM in 2:10.88 and 2:01.45, continuing the Georgia IM tradition.

Other USA Swimming National Team members earning victories Saturday included Kelsi Dahlia (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics) in the 100m fly in 57.86 and Will Licon (El Paso, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics) in the 200m breast in 2:09.90. Natalie Hinds (Athens, Ga./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) won the 50m free in 25.55.

After four stellar days of competition in Des Moines, the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series resumes April 10-13 in Richmond, Va.

Across the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series, swimmers may earn increased awards for top-three finishes. At each meet, $1,500 will be provided for a first-place finish, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. In addition, one athlete per gender with the highest-scoring prelim swim in an individual Olympic event based on FINA power points will win $1,500.

The TYR Pro Swim Series is being brought to Des Moines in partnership with Catch Des Moines and the Wellmark YMCA.

USA Swimming

 

Mar 8 19

Top Australians line up for big-money breakaway swimming league

by ZwemZa

Campbell sisters Cate (l) and Bronte have moved south to Sydney to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.

Some of Australian swimming’s biggest names have hit the jackpot after being selected for a star-studded London team that will feature in a lucrative breakaway league this year.

Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers, Cate and Bronte Campbell plus Emma McKeon will snub FINA’s official Champions Swim Series to contest the International Swimming League bankrolled by billionaire Konstantin Grigorishin.

A huge pay day awaits the Dolphins quartet with cashed-up Grigorishin promising big money prize money after investing almost $A32 million into the competition’s inaugural competition that will start in October.

It ensures the high-profile Dolphins will not contest the CSS which was created by FINA in a direct response to the ISL.

FINA reportedly initially threatened to ban any competitor who contested the ISL but the world body has since publicly clarified it would not block athletes to end a stand-off with angry swimmers.

FINA will launch their invitation-only, $A5.5 million CSS – which they have described as the “richest swimming event in history” – in Guangzhou, China next month with a May leg in Budapest and an Indianapolis round that will be completed by June 1.

It clashes with Australia’s national championships to be held in Adelaide from April 7-12 and the world titles selection trials in Brisbane from June 9-14.

Instead Australia’s high-profile swimmers have opted for the ISL which will run over six legs from October to December featuring eight teams based in either Europe or the US.

The top two teams from the US and Europe will qualify for the finals, which will be held in Las Vegas in December.

The London team is the first to be unveiled by the ISL and will be led by Olympic champion breaststroker Adam Peaty of England.

Australia’s Rob Woodhouse – a former Olympic medallist – is the London team’s general manager.

“We’re making the dreams of swimmers come true,” Peaty told BBC Sport.

“Twenty years ago swimmers wanted this kind of thing to happen and finally now it is happening at a time the whole world of sport is changing.

“Athletes are realising they have leverage and potential for something like this.”

AAP

Mar 8 19

Andrew, Baker and Flickinger all victorious again at TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines

by ZwemZa

Hali Flickinger (USA Swimming)

Four-time 2018 national champion Michael Andrew (Encinitas, Calif./Race Pace Club) and Olympians Kathleen Baker (Winston Salem, N.C./Team Elite) and Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) all added to their victory count Friday at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines.

Andrew won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 23.36 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year, at the MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center at the Wellmark YMCA. He won the 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke on Thursday.

Baker took the women’s 200m backstroke in 2:08.08, bettering her previous 2019 best time by nearly 2.5 seconds. Runner-up Flickinger came in at 2:10.24, while Olympian Olivia Smoliga (Glenview, Ill./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) finished third in 2:11.18.

Flickinger also added a win in the 400m individual medley in 4:38.84, setting a new personal best time, and finishing just ahead of fellow National Team member Bethany Galat (Mishawaka, Ind./Texas A&M University) at 4:43.64. That brought Flickinger’s event total to two wins and a top-3 finish.

The four-day, long course meters competition concludes Saturday with daily prelims at 10 a.m. CST and evening finals at 7 p.m. CST.

Eight-time Olympic medalist Allison Schmitt (Canton, Mich./Pitchfork Aquatics), the current 200m free American record holder, picked up that title in 1:57.70, ahead of fellow Olympians Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics) and Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics) in 1:58.02 and 1:58.47 respectively.

Other USA Swimming National Team members earning victories Friday included Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore./Team Elite) in the men’s 200m back in 1:57.12 and Jay Litherland (Alpharetta, Ga./Dynamo Swim Club) in the men’s 400m IM in 4:17.28.

Brazilians Breno Correia, Jhennifer A Conceicao and Felipe Lima, won the men’s 200m free, the women’s 50m breast and the men’s 50m breast in 1:47.83, 30.90 and 27.18 respectively. Egypt’s Farida Osman won the 50m fly in 25.79.

The evening closed with the 200m mixed medley relay won by the Adams Squad – Jacob Pebley, Annie Lazor, Kelsi Dahlia and Michael Andrew – in a time of 1:44.44.

The USA Swim Squads allows USA Swimming National Team members to compete for team points and a grand prize throughout the year’s events. Four teams feature six active athletes designated across six event categories (one athlete per team per category) who are eligible to score points in a maximum of two events from that category – free, back, breast, fly, IM or flex. Teams are captained by retired Olympians Maya DiRado, Elizabeth Beisel, Cammile Adams and Connor Jaeger.

Saturday’s full slate of webcast coverage can be found at usaswimming.org with prelims underway at 10 a.m. CT and finals following at 7 p.m. CT.

Across the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series, swimmers may earn increased awards for top-three finishes. At each meet, $1,500 will be provided for a first-place finish, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. In addition, one athlete per gender with the highest-scoring prelim swim in an individual Olympic event based on FINA power points will win $1,500.

The TYR Pro Swim Series is being brought to Des Moines in partnership with Catch Des Moines and the Wellmark YMCA.

USA Swimming

Mar 8 19

Michael Andrew wins twice at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines

by ZwemZa

Michael Andrew (USA Swimming)

United States National Team member and four-time 2018 national champion Michael Andrew (Encinitas, Calif./Race Pace Club) doubled up with wins in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke and men’s 50m backstroke Thursday on night two of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines at the MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center at the Wellmark YMCA.

Andrew took the 100m breaststroke in 59.70 seconds, finishing just ahead of British national teamer James Wilby at 59.91. Grabbing third was Olympic gold medalist Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada) in 1:00.22.

Andrew entered the pool shortly thereafter to grab his second win of the night, taking the 50m backstroke title in 24.94. This marked back-to-back victories for Andrew, who also nabbed the same win in January’s TYR Pro Swim Series at Knoxville. Rounding out the top three were Grigory Tarasevich of Russia at 25.16 and Olympian Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore./Team Elite) at 25.30.

Annie Lazor (Beverly Hills, Mich./ Mission Viejo Nadadores), the 2018 Short Course World Championship gold medalist, continued her hot streak winning the women’s 100m breaststroke in 1:06.66. The performance was the fastest in the world in 2019 and set a new personal best for the breaststroke specialist. Bethany Galat (Mishawaka, Ind./Texas A&M University) and Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics) took second and third, respectively, with times of 1:07.13 and 1:07.20.

“I feel like an age group swimmer again, after taking time off after the 2016 Olympic Trials,” Lazor said about her newfound energy. “Every time I swim, I get a little better. Not just getting better but learning something new every time I swim. It’s great to have that fun element back again and not just be focused on going fast every time. I have a great training environment. I have awesome coaches and following their plan is paying great dividends so far.”

Other USA Swimming National Team members taking wins included Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio/Mission Viejo Nadadores) in the 100m free in 54.59, Blake Pieroni (Valparaiso, Ind./Indiana Swim Club) in the men’s 100m free in 48.91, Kathleen Baker (Winston Salem, N.C./Team Elite) in the 50m back in 27.76 – currently the top time in the world in 2019, Hali Flickinger (Spring Grove, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) in the 200m fly in 2:07.10 and Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./BCH Heatwave ) in the 400m free in 3:49.29.

Germany’s Alexander Kunert won the men’s 200m fly in 1:57.80, while China’s Li Bingjie took the women’s 400m free in 4:03.29

NBCSN will air live finals coverage from Des Moines at 7 p.m. CST on Friday. The NBC Sports app will stream coverage on Friday and a live webcast of all the prelims will stream online at usaswimming.org.

Across the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series, swimmers may earn increased awards for top-three finishes. At each meet, $1,500 will be provided for a first-place finish, $1,000 for second and $500 for third. In addition, one athlete per gender with the highest-scoring prelim swim in an individual Olympic event based on FINA power points will win $1,500.

The TYR Pro Swim Series is being brought to Des Moines in partnership with Catch Des Moines and the Wellmark YMCA.

USA Swimming

Mar 6 19

One-Of-A-Kind Challenge for Bay Swimmers

by ZwemZa

Open water swimmers have a treat this Sunday with the City Lodge Hotels 3 Beach Challenge from Pollok Beach. (Oracle Media)

Nelson Mandela Bay’s unique duathlon event will show off the 4 main metro beaches this Sunday.

Pollok Beach, Hobie Beach, Humewood Beach and Kings Beach are all stops on the relay style duathlon known as the City Lodge 3 Beaches Challenge. Competitors will have to enter the water at Pollok Beach exit to clock in at Hobie and Humewood Beaches and finish the swim at Kings Beach. For those brave competitors who will be competing individually there is a 3km run to finish with as they make their way back to Pollok Beach, running along the stunning Nelson Mandela Bay beachfront.

The swim legs of 1.6km, 0.8km and 1.1km offer the opportunity for different levels of swimmers to tackle the challenge with more experienced swimmers in a team perhaps taking on the tougher first leg. Non-swimmers also get an opportunity to take part by doing the run section for team or swim only competitor.

Town Lodge general manager in Port Elizabeth Glenn Pappin has also mentioned the one-of-a-kind nature of the event saying, “I believe the 3 Beaches Challenge is something different from your average fun run or swim event and this uniqueness has contributed hugely to the event’s recent popularity and growth.”

He added that he thought the event would continue to grow seeing as though Nelson Mandela Bay was one of the most active cities in South Africa where people are always looking for events which are different from the norm.

Someone who will be trying to keep the norm going is defending champion and recent River Mile winner Slater Black. He will have his hands full against a field which is becoming increasingly competitive each year. It will be fascinating to see if the talented swimmer will be able to hold off the challengers in an event which tests endurance in and out of the water.

The 3 Beaches Challenge will start at 9am on Sunday morning at Pollok Beach with prize giving for the event taking place at approximately 11am. With a wooden finisher’s medal as unique as the event and a Blu Smooth wetsuit as part of the prizes the 3 Beaches Challenge will be one event not to be missed.

All information and entries available on www.3beaches.co.za.

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