The 2019 SA National Swimming Championships Heads For The Coastal City Of Durban

Durban, Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 - The race is on for Mzansi’s aquatic stars as the 2019 SA National Swimming Championships heads for the coastal city of Durban, with the action taking place at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre from 8th to 12th April.

This year’s event also doubles as the official selection trials for the 18th FINA World Championships which will be held in Gwangju, Korea from 21st to 28th July 2019.

Chad le Clos will be back in the water, swimming the 50, 100 and 200m butterfly, as well as the 100 and 200m freestyle, with the up and coming Eben Vorster and Calvin Coetzee joining Le Clos in the freestyle, while Ryan Coetzee will take on the Olympian in the butterfly events.

Ayrton Sweeney and Alaric Basson will battle it out in the 200m breaststroke, with Sweeney also participating in the 200m and 400m individual medley and Basson in the 50m freestyle and the 50 and 100m breaststroke.

Rebecca Meder, who swam four Qualification times for the FINA Junior World Championships at the recent SA National Junior Age Group Swimming Championships, will be looking forward to swimming at senior level when she races in the 100 and 200m freestyle, the 200 and 400m individual medley and the 100m breaststroke.

Having started the year with four gold medals at the SA Grand Prix Invitational Meet in Stellenbosch, Erin Gallagher will once again be looking for fast times in the 50 and 100m freestyle as well as the 50 and 100m butterfly, while Tatjana Schoenmaker will take on her favourite breaststroke events.

In the multi-disability category, there will be plenty of action from the likes of Paralympian Alani Ferreira, who will feature in the 100m breaststroke, the 100m freestyle, the 100m butterfly and the 200m individual medley, while Johann van Heerden will add in the 50m butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle.

The SA National Aquatic Championships begin on Monday, 8th April and conclude on Friday, 12th April 2019 with the heats starting at 09h30 while the finals will begin at 18h00 daily.

The staging of this event has been made possible through the support provided by Swimming SA partners, Sport and Recreation South Africa, SASCOC, National Lotteries Commission, Arena and Rand Water.

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

 

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Swimming South Africa

011 404 2480

Swimming South Africa is the governing body of aquatics in South Africa.

Its objective is to encourage the practice of aquatic disciplines for all in South Africa with the purpose of promoting swimming as a life skill through Learn To Swim programmes; providing healthy exercise to South Africans of all ages and races; recruiting recreational swimmers to compete in the various competitions; and promoting competition and athlete development to the highest level. Swimming South Africa is kindly supported by SASCOC, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Arena, Sport & Recreation SA and Rand Water.

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