Local swimmers shine at Telkom SA

2010-03-20 00:00

JAMIE Reynolds and Mark Hunter turned in outstanding perfor­mances at the Telkom SA National Level 3 Swimming Championships, that ended in East London on Tuesday.

Reynolds was the most successful local swimmer as she raced to five gold medals, two silvers and a bronze in the girls’ 12 years age group.

The St John’s pupil won the 50 m freestyle, 50 m and 100 m breaststroke, as well as the 50 m and 100 m butterfly. Her silver medals came from the 100 m freestyle and 50 m backstroke, while the bronze was earned in the 100 m backstroke.

Hunter certainly impressed many with his three gold medals in the boys’ 13 years section, clocking exceptional times in the 100 m breaststroke, 200 m breaststroke and 200 m IM.

The Maritzburg College pupil, who holds the SA age group record in the 200 m breaststroke, came within 0,4 sec of the 100 m breaststroke record.

He also took silver in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle, and featured in the Seals relay teams that took two gold medals and a silver in the 12-to-14 years division.

Voortrekker’s Mickey Olivier was also in the successful boys 12-to-14 years relay teams, adding an individual gold in the boys’ 14 years 50 m freestyle and a silver in the 100 m freestyle.

Other gold medals came from Nikki Kirkby in the girls’ 14 years 50 m breaststroke after an outstanding swim. The St John’s pupil added two more silver medals in the 50 m freestyle and 100 m breaststroke.

Wykeham’s Claire Conlon took gold in the girls’ 17-to-18 years 50 m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100 m breaststroke.

Dale Russel also gave an excellent account of himself in the boys’ 14 years age group. The Hilton College scholar took silver medals in the 50 m and 100 m breaststroke events, while Maritzburg College’s Martin Binedell earned bronze in the boys’ 12-to-14 years 1 500 m freestyle.

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