Great start for sanctioned swim series

2015-11-11 06:00

SWIMMERS from around the Eastern Cape participated in the first round of the Swimming South Africa sanctioned EC Swim Series at Settlers Dam outside Grahamstown on Sunday.

Hosted by Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics’ (NMBA), the series is the only swimming event in the province which affords registered swimmers the opportunity to attain qualifying times to attend the SA Openwater Swimming Nationals in March, next year.

No fewer than four races took place on the tranquil dam with the 10km swim being won by Port Elizabeth swimmer Rebecca Newman in 2 hours 49 minutes, while the 5km swim was won by Kirsten Marriot in 1 hour 15 minutes.

The most popular event was the 3km swim won by Nicolas Adam in 41 minutes six seconds. St Francis swimmer Amica de Jager won the ladies 3km race in 41 minutes 25 seconds. The first 16 swimmers home in the 3km all achieved SSA qualifying times – including Michel Strydom from Jeffreys Bay – while disabled swimmer Stanford Slabbert also obtained his first qualifying time of the season.

In the 1km swim, Teagan Strydom won in 14 minutes 37 seconds with East London’s Nadia van Zyl winning the ladies race in 16 minutes 57 seconds.

No fewer than 17 qualifying times were achieved with the bulk of these being in the 3km swim.

No fewer than 17 qualifying times were achieved with the bulk of these being in the 3km swim.

“It was a great success and the venue was absolutely amazing. Our swimmers are able to achieve qualifying times in the fresh water comparable to those of the other provinces, boosting their confidence for the SA champs next year,” says series Director Mike Zoetmulder of Zsports Events NPC, a Port Elizabbeth-based non-profit event management company.

The next round and the last for this year, of the EC Swim Series will take place on Sunday, November 15 at Settlers Dam. Aimed at registered swimmers, the series is open to all open-water swimming enthusiasts as a great training opportunity.

Series registration is a once-off R50 to secure a race number for the season, while race day entry fees are R100 for the 10km, 5km and 3km swims and R80 for the 1km swim. Swimmers entering more than one event on a race day, will get the second event discounted to R50. Connect to www.ecswim.co.za.

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