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Cape swimmers set the pace

It would appear that on day one of the Friday’s Telkom SA Level 2 SA Regional Championships, that the swimmers from the Western and Eastern Cape hold the upper hand over their rivals from KZN and Gauteng.

Friday’s finals were all 400-metre freestyle races. The Telkom SA Level 2 SA Regional Championships are currently taking place from 19-22 March in PE, Durban and Johannesburg. The fastest time of the night recorded in the U11 Boys 400m Freestyle came courtesy of Ude Fuchs in Germiston with a time of 5:08.90. The U11 age category is of particular interest to Swimming South Africa, as this is the age group that will form the back bone of potential members of the national team in the future.

But for Fuchs from the ProgressSwimmingAcademy being the fastest in the boys U11 400m Freestyle, it was the coastal regions that came up trumps in all the other races, if you do a time comparison.

Nakita Bauristhene from the Westville Swimming Club, was streaks ahead of the rest of the swimmers in the girls U11 400m Freestyle race, touching the wall in 4:57.21 ÔÇô the only swimmer to go under 5 minutes. Nakita will be one to watch over the next few days with such a performance.

The boys and girls U12 age group was dominated by the Western Cape and Eastern Cape swimmers with Joshua Bellairs (Aquabear) proving to be the best of the lot in the boys race (5:13.42) and Mieke Visser from Barracuda Swimming Club (5:09.57) in the girls. Visser was 5 seconds ahead of her nearest rival Nina Finch (5:14.40), from UWC and Rebecca Haines (Cape Dolphins) clocking 5:16.30.

The battle in the boys U13 would have seen a close tussle between Misha Koopman (SwimCats) and Neil Farr (Centurion) had they been in the same pool. As it is though, on time Koopman is the fastest 13 year old with a time of 4:54.71 to Farr’s 4:55.75.

SwimCats’ Keenan April shone in the boys u14 race in PE, needing only 4min 47.31 seconds for the 8 laps of the 50m pool.

Another interesting clash would have been the race in the boys 16-18 category had Harlequins’ Nathan Begbie (PE) met up with PSA’s Wynand Steyn (Germiston). A mere 4/100 of a second separated the two, with Begbie edging Steyn 4:30.35 to 4:30.39.


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