Aquatic: Herman sets another qualifier

2012-04-23 00:00

HEERDEN Herman was in his element as he ended the SA National Aquatic Championships on a high note with another Olympic qualifying time (OQT) at Durban’s Kings Park Aquatic Centre in last night.

The Western Province star raced to a 15:07,99 for the men’s 1 500 metres freestyle to end well under the OQT of 15:11,83.

Mark Randall (Border) was second in 15:27,38 and Myles Brown (KZN) third in 15:31,68.

Herman was the man who started the Olympic trials off with the first OQT in the men’s 400 metre freestyle on Monday last week.

Altogether 12 swimmers achieved OQT’s and 16 swimmers managed to achieve Paralympic QT’s during the competition.

Karin Prinsloo (Northern Tigers) and Wendy Trott (WP) both achieved second QTs during the finals yesterday.

Prinsloo sped to a golden finish in the 200 metre backstroke with a great 2:10,76 ahead of Jessica Ashley-Cooper (WP) in 2:16,53 and 13-year-old star Natasha van Niekerk (Limpopo) in 2:16,97. Trott was ahead of the pack in the women’s 800 metre freestyle to clock a OQT of 8:30,61 while Jessica Pengelly (Northern Tigers) took second in 8:41,40 and Michelle Weber (KZN) third in 8:44,10.

Chad le Clos (KZN) continued on his victory surge with another outstanding performance for his fourth gold medal of the meet.

But this time he was just 0,09 seconds shy of the OQT with a respectable 52,45 seconds dash in the men’s 100 metre butterfly.

A fast finishing Dylan Bosch (Central Gauteng) claimed the silver in 53,89 seconds, while Neil Watson (Central Gauteng) stole the bronze in 54,43 seconds.

In the women’s 50 metre breaststroke, Suzaan van Biljon (Northern Tigers) took the title in 32,61 seconds with Taryn Mackenzie (Central Gauteng) second in 32,78 seconds and team-mate Justine Macfarlane third in 33,29 seconds.

In the men’s 50 metre breaststroke, Warren Karsten (KZN) was victorious in 29,10 seconds ahead of Rory Buck (KZN) in 29,16 seconds and Jared Pike (Central Gauteng) in 29,26 seconds.

Besides the senior athletes, a pool of rising talent participated in the competition, proving once again that the future of swimming in South Africa is indeed bright.

Rising 20-year-old Seals sprinter Brad Tandy was close on the heels of veteran Roland Schoeman (Northern Tigers) in the men’s 50 metre freestyle, settling for the silver in a personal best 22,35 secodns. Schoeman grabbed the gold in 22,23 seconds and Gideon Louw the bronze in 22,45 seconds.

Trudy Maree (WP) was over the moon with her gold medal in the women’s 50 metre freestyle, clocking a fast 25,38 seconds ahead of Lehesta Kemp (Northern Tigers) in 26,17 seconds and Karin Prinsloo in 26,26 seconds.

In the 50 metre butterfly events, Neil Watson won the men’s in 24,31 seconds followed by Brett Walsh (KZN) in 24.75 seconds and Willie Scheepers (24,78) while Vanessa Mohr (Northern Tigers) took the women’s event in 26,53 seconds with Marne Erasmus (Border) in 27,69 seconds and Jessica Ashley-Cooper (WP) following in 27,96 seconds.

Charl Crous (KZN) collected his third gold medal when he won the men’s 50 metre backstroke in 25,66 seconds for a full house in the backstroke events. Ricky Ellis (Northern Tigers) came second in 25,98 seconds with team-mate Darren Murray third in 26,30.

Australia’s Sophie Edington won the women’s 50 metres backstroke in 28,82 seconds while Jessica Ashley-Cooper won another silver in 29,75 seconds and Amy Peens the bronze in 30,35 seconds.

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