South Africa's Pieter Coetze Sets Championships Record In The 200m Backstroke

South Africa’s Pieter Coetze set three championship records in Lima, each erased by the speed and energy of Ksawery Masiuk of Poland in the 50m and 100m backstroke events.  Coetze raced to a new championship record, winning the 200m backstroke event in 1:56.05 .  In his final race of the championships, Coetze led off the 4x100m freestyle real, with the South African quartet earning silver. "I was nervous because it’s the last day, and it was my last race, and my body is more than a bit fatigued,... Read More

Golden Finish For Coetze At World Junior Swimming Championships

Monday, 5 September 2022 – Pieter Coetze proved to be the star of the South African team at the World Junior Swimming Championships which came to an end in Lima, Peru on Sunday. Fresh from his gold, silver and bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the 18-year-old from Pretoria left the Peruvian capital with a haul of one gold, three silvers and a bronze medal. The talented teen also set three championship records along the way. Coetzé saved his best for last, claiming gold in the 200m backstroke on the ... Read More

SA's Buck Secures Top-10 Spot At World Junior Open Water Championships

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 – The South African junior open water team returned from the World Championships on Tuesday after a promising campaign in the Seychelles. Connor Buck was the pick of the bunch, producing a top-10 finish in the men’s 10km event. The Durban swimmer was engaged in a battle for fourth place right to the end of the race, eventually finishing sixth in 1:59:07.60, with just a 10th of a second separating him from fifth place. The title went to Hungary’s David Betlehem who put in a dominant performance ... Read More

Sates Adds 2 More National Titles To His Hefty Haul

Friday, 12 August 2022 – Relishing being back on home turf, Pietermaritzburg teenager Matt Sates added two more national titles to the three he won a day earlier at the SA Short Course Swimming Championships on Friday. The A qualification times required for the World Short Course Championships proved elusive on the day, but a total of six swimmers did achieve the B qualifying times in their respective races, meaning they’ll still be in line for selection for the team to represent South Africa at the global event in Melbourne, Aus... Read More

Another African Record For Speedy Teen Van Niekerk

Saturday, 13 August 2022 – Pretoria teenager Lara van Niekerk continued her sensational form at the SA Short Course Championships on Saturday, storming to yet another SA and African record in the Pietermaritzburg pool. The 19-year-old double Commonwealth Games gold medallist stormed to victory in the 50m breaststroke in 29.62 seconds to better the record she set in the morning heats (29.67) and at the same event a year ago (29.85). In doing so, she also secured another A qualification mark for the World Short Course Championships in Me... Read More