SA swim­mers show good form at Short Course champs

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - JEAN NORTJE

SOUTH AFRICAN swim­ming looks in good shape as one of Swim­ming South Africa’s ma­jor se­nior com­pe­ti­tions, the 2018 SA Short Course Cham­pi­onships wrapped up at the Kings Park Pool in Dur­ban yes­ter­day.

Eleven swim­mers swam times un­der in­ter­na­tional A-qual­i­fy­ing times as they vied for spots to the 14th FINA World Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships (25m) 2018 sched­uled to take place in Hangzhou, China from De­cem­ber 11 to16.

There were seven men and four women qual­i­fiers.

Es­tab­lished in­ter­na­tional stars Chad le Clos and Cameron van den Burgh were ex­cel­lent, as al­ways.

Brad Tandy and Dou­glas Eras­mus, Olympians from Rio, showed good form and in­tent.

The other three men have all been to in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

They are the sprint duo of Zane Wad­dell and Ryan Coet­zee, and the Med­ley/ Breast­stroke spe­cial­ist Ayr­ton Sweeney.

Three of the four women rep­re­sented South Africa at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia ear­lier in the year.

They are Tat­jana Schoen­maker, who won gold there, as well as Erin Gal­lagher and Emily Vis­agie.

The only new name to the se­nior in­ter­na­tional list is Rebecca Meder, 16, of Tyger­berg swim club in Cape Town.

Meder qual­i­fied well un­der the A in­ter­na­tional time stan­dard in both the 200m and 400m In­di­vid­ual Med­leys.

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