Corfe retains record streak

2007-12-18 00:00

Melissa Corfe continued her record-breaking form to wrap up another successful KZN Swimming Championships, which ended at the King’s Park Pool in Durban last night.

The Mr Price Seagulls star set a new KZN record in the women’s 100-metre freestyle, where she raced to the fastest time of the season nationally in 56.33 sec, slicing 0.44 sec off the old mark. Corfe (21) also won the 100-metre backstroke on Sunday in 1:04.55 and ended her championships with a sixth gold in the 200-metre backstroke, clocking 2:15.43.

Also trading gold medals among the women was Kathryn Meaklim (Pisces) who set two KZN records in the individual medley events. Meaklim lowered her own record in the 200-metre event by 1.16 sec to clock 2:17.35 — just a fraction off the national mark of 2:16.42.

But it was in the 400-metre event where the 18-year-old smashed her own KZN mark by 1.64 sec and came within 0.81 sec of the SA record. Her impressive 4:44.47 dipped under the Olympic qualifying time of 4:45.08 — certainly sound consolation for not quite breaking the national mark. It was Meaklim’s fifth title.

Among the top men, the spoils have been shared between Riaan Schoeman (Pisces) and Wesley Gilchrist (Mr Price Seagulls), while Charl van Zyl (Kloof) was in a league of his own in the backstroke sprints.

Schoeman (18) took the 200-metre IM in a solid 2:03.78 — just 0.88 sec ahead of Gilchrist (18), who won the 100-metre butterfly in 55.35 sec. The 400-metre IM saw Schoeman almost three seconds off his SA record as he won comfortably in 4:18.84, while Gilchrist continued to impress in the 100-metre freestyle with a quick 51.49 sec last night.

Van Zyl (17) took the 50-metre backstroke in 26.86 sec and followed this up with a 57.43 sec for the 100-metre backstroke on Sunday. Then to end his championships off on a high note, Van Zyl took the 200-metre backstroke in an encouraging 2:04.29 to edge out a fast finishing Schoeman by 0.57 sec.

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