Age-group swimmers victorious in Durban

2008-07-10 00:00

AGE-group swimmers were in a record-breaking form at the annual Speedo Prestige Swimming tournament at the Kings Park pool in Durban on Tuesday.

Young Seals swimmers Jamie Reynolds and Josh Stegan stamped their mark on the U10 age group with four victories and a second place each on the opening two days.

Reynolds won the girls’ U10 50 metre butterfly in 35,13 seconds, the 50 metre breaststroke in 41,13 seconds, as well as breaking the meet records in the the 50 metre freestyle (31,76 seconds) and 100 metre butterfly (1:22,52). She took second in the 50 metre backstroke in 38,32 seconds.

Stegan dominated the boys’ U10 with victories in the 50 metre butterfly (36,30 seconds), the 50 metre backstroke (37,55 seconds), the 50 metre breaststroke (42,69 seconds), while his win in the 100 metre butterfly in 1:19,57 set a new meet record. His second place came from the 50 metre freestyle in 31,97 seconds.

Mickey Olivier (13), did well in the boys’ 13 to 14 years age group where he dead-heated in the 50 metre backstroke, clocking 30,19 seconds. Other local medal winners were — girls’ U10: Chelsea Meiring (Seals) — third 50 metre free-style 33,04 second, third 50 metre breaststroke 42,70 seconds; Kerry Hunter second 50 metre breaststroke 42,10 seconds, third 50 metre butterfly 37,72 seconds.

In the senior categories, the Olympic swimmers who competed raced to respectable times, all in meet records. Melissa Corfe took the women’s 200 metre freestyle in 2:01,25 while Jasper Venter won the men’s category in 1:50,84.

The breaststrokers were on form with Suzaan van Biljon clocking a 1:08,25 for the women’s 100 metre event, while William Diering took the men’s event in 1:03,04.

In the 400 metre individual medley races Jay-Cee Thompson took a second off the record to win in 4:28,15 while Karlien van Heerden finished well to win the women’s event with another meet record in 4:55,76.

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