Townsend, Roper lead Seals to win

2009-12-21 00:00

DARIAN Townsend and Ronwyn Roper led by example as Seals ended their KZN Swimming Championships on a high note to win the club points tally — beating the favourites Seagulls and Pisces.

Townsend showed himself to be in a class of his own by adding two more titles on Saturday. The men’s 100 m butterfly was his opening race where he ended on 52,04 sec, just a fraction outside the Africa mark.

The men’s 50 m freestyle followed with Townsend overcoming a mediocre start to clock an exciting 22,49 sec, taking his tally to seven golds.

For the improved Roper, her final tally went to four golds, four silvers and a bronze. She opened her evening with a 4 x 100 m medley relay time trial with Chanelle van Wyk, Mandy Loots and Karin Prinsloo.

The quartet made an attempt to qualify for the Commonwealth Games next year. They clocked 4:05,89 in what is expected to be a fast enough time to enter a team.

Van Wyk took the 100 m backstroke in 1:01,88 with Roper dipping well under her target with a 1:09,40 in the 100 m breaststroke leg. Loots followed with a 59,04 sec in the 100 m butterfly and Prinsloo finished off with a solid 55,57 sec dash.

Roper had to then tackle her individual events with the 400 m IM first where she took the bronze. The 22-year-old then won the 50 m freestyle KZN title in a respectable 27,35 sec while the 50 m breaststroke saw her getting out-touched by clubmate Tyne Potgieter in 33,14sec.

Terence Parkin took another World Deaf record down when he clocked up a fast 28,42sec in the men’s 50 m backstroke. Craig Groenewald was involved in a time trial over 200 m freestyle where he too, set a world record in his S14 category, touching in 2:01,56.

Three Seals juniors took their respective age group titles after a successful week. Jamie Reynolds added three more golds on the final night to take her tally to 10, winning the 100 m breaststroke, 50 m backstroke and 200 m freestyle.

Hunter dominated the boys 12-13 group, ending with seven golds that inlcuded victories in the 200 m freestyle (2:07,01) and 100 m breaststroke (1:12,20) while Mickey Olivier was the top man in the 14-15 years age group

Nikki Kirkby was another to excel in the breaststroke events. She took the 50 m title with a strong performance earlier in the week before also wrapping up the 100 m distance in an excellent 1:16,01 on Saturday.

Josh Stegan also added the boys 11 years and under 100 m breaststroke title to his tally.

The action moved to Midmar Dam for the 5 km Open-water Championships yesterday. Riaan Schoeman defended his title with a superb effort at the finish to clock 57 min 34 sec. Chasing him hard was Greek visitor Petros Petropolous with Troyden Prinsloo and Henri Schoeman.

Among the women, it was young Nicole Brits who turned on the pace to clock a very good one hour three minutes and 36 seconds.

Final Club Points: 1. Usn Seals 1 906pts; 2. Seagulls 1 680. 50pts; 3. Pisces 1 646; 4. Westville 1 084; 5. Kloof 578. 50; 6. North Durban 453. 50; 7. Beavers 422. 50; 8. Progress 338; 9. Sunday Tribune Penguins 159; 10. SuperSport Seals 155. 50

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