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Sixteen qualifiers for Dubai

On the final day of the Telkom SA Short Course Championships in Pietermaritzburg on Monday, it was only fitting that two women who had been snapping at the qualification standards for the World Short Course Championships in Dubai would book their places on the team on Women’s Day.

Chanelle Van Wyk had twice posted qualifying times, but Swim SA have stressed in their selection criteria that these times need to be posted in the finals. Van Wyk was well under the required time in the 100m backstroke heats, but was unable to reproduce that time in the finals, and in fact suffered a surprise defeat. She then did the same in the 50m backstroke, qualifying in the heats. This time though she was able to touch the wall in the final in 28.21 seconds ÔÇô just under the 28.33sec required by Swim SA.

In the women’s 200m freestyle, Leone Vorster was just over a second off the qualification time in the morning heats. In the finals, she finished in 1:57.18, well inside the World Short Course Championships qualification time of 1:58.27, a huge roar erupted at the poolside as she punched the air with delight. Jessica Pengelly, after having already set a qualifying time on day one in the 400m Individual Medley, sneaked in a 2:13.48 in the 200m Individual Medley to also avail herself for that event.

Women’s Day would not be complete without Natalie Du Toit contributing to the headlines again. In Monday morning’s heat, Du Toit clocked 1:02.56 for the 100m Freestyle SM 9 Category, taking almost three seconds off the previous record of Annabellie Williams (1:05.13) set in 2007. Du Toit improved on that time in the finals in the evening 1:02.27 for world records number seven and eight over the four days.

Cameron van der Burgh is not the world record holder in the 50 and 100m breaststroke (short course) for nothing and he showed just why he is so potent in the 50m final on Monday with a winning time 27.14sec. Van der Burgh is currently ranked number one in the world in both 50 and 100m Backstroke short course events.

Gerhard Zandberg also made short work of the 24.88sec needed in the 50m backstroke, winning in 24.59sec; whilst Darian Townsend is now eligible for both the 100 and 200m Individual Medley after winning Monday’s 200m IM final in 1:58.08.

There was relief for George Du Rand as he made sure of his spot in the team to Dubai with a 1:55.36 win in the 200m backstroke.

In the final race of the championships Heerden Herman added his name to the list of World Short Course Championships qualifiers with a workmanlike performance in the 1500m freestyle. He swam 15:01.10 comfortably inside the required 15:06.84 set by Swim SA

That brings the total qualifiers for the World Short Course Championships to 16.

ROLAND SCHOEMAN                     50M FLY
GRAEME MOORE                             50M FLY
DARIAN TOWNSEND                      100M IM/200M IM
MANDY LOOTS                                  200M FLY
CHAD LE CLOS                                    400M IM
GERHARD ZANDBERG                    100M BACK/100M IM/50M BACK
WILLIAM DIERING                           200M BREAST
NEIL VERSFELD                                  200M BREAST
JESSICA PENGELLY                           400M IM/200M IM
KATHRYN MEAKLIM                        400M IM
WENDY TROTT                                   800M FREE/400M FREE
CHANELLE VAN WYK                       50M BACK
HEERDEN HERMAN                         1500M FREE
GEORGE DU RAND                          200M BACK
LEONE VORSTER                               200M FREE

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