Swimmers do South Africa proud!

By Drum Digital
31 July 2014

By the close of the sixth day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the swimmers had produced a dozen of the 26 medals earned by Team SA, with Chad le Clos amassing a record equaling seven.

By the close of the sixth day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the swimmers had produced a dozen of the 26 medals earned by Team SA, with Chad le Clos amassing a record equalling seven.

"I'm really impressed with what they have done here. We picked a lot of young swimmers, particularly in the relays and they stood up and delivered," said team head coach Graham Hill.

"I'm really happy that the core of the team, Cameron, Chad and Roland, who we expected the individual medals from, did a great job and then we saw Sebastian (Rousseau) stepping up and getting medals as well. It was a great job all round.

"One very conspicuous difference to past teams was the camaraderie and support within the team. It seemed to pervade each and every swimmer and support member of the swim group, and perceptibly added to their medal earning ability," said the coach.

"The spirit of this team was amazing. My first major meet was 2008, and it wasn't like this. Coming here you can just feel that everyone's behind you and wants you to swim well and it just makes everything easier," said Rousseau who won three medals.

Although the women did not win any medals, Hill was pleased with their performance.

"It was unfortunate that Karin (Prinsloo) got sick," he said.

"In saying that, the 4 x 200m relay broke the SA record by eight seconds with a couple of 15 and 16 year old youngsters in the team, which holds for a good future in two years time and I'm sure they will then stand up for an individual event."

"Karin was the only one who made the qualifying times and she was going to be the anchor in the relays as well so it was obviously disappointing for her to be ill," said Swimming South Africa President Jayce Naidoo. "At games like this, its an opportunity for them to show that they can come to the big stage and improve their performance. I believe that they did this."

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