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Final opportunity for Tuks swimmer stars to book their ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games

By Sonia Egas

Posted on 20 April 2012



Durban, Friday, 13 April 2012 – Tuks swimming stars will be in a race against the clock to post Olympic A standard qualifying times when the SA National Aquatic Championships, doubling as official Olympic Trials, will take place at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban, from 16 to 22 April 2012.

This year’s event will be a make or break opportunity for swimmers who are looking to post Olympic A qualifying times in order to be eligible for final team selection by SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee). 

The SA swimming team was fast in the water at the 14th FINA World Championships during the 2011 in Shanghai, with seven successful Olympic A Qualifying times to their credit.

TuksSwimming veteran, Roland Schoeman, will also be in action in the 50 m freestyle event when it kicks off on Monday, 16 April. The 16-year-old Tuks swimmer, Vanessa Mohr, will be hoping to debut at her first Olympic Games after she finished the 100 m butterfly event with an Olympic A qualifying time of 58.66. Karin Prinsloo, another Tuks swimmer, was quick off the blocks in the 200 m backstroke with a time of 2:10.34.

In wishing the swimmers the best of luck for the SA National Aquatic Championships and the Olympic Trials, Swimming SA President Jace Naidoo said: “The SA aquatics athletes are all champions in the eyes of Swimming SA, and we trust that they will show the type of character, commitment and discipline, combined with their athletic skills of speed and strength, to become role models for our sports-loving fans across all communities in our country prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games.”

Heats will start at 09:30, while the finals will begin at 18:00 daily. The entrance fee is R15 per person.

Olympic A qualifying times:

Event

Men

Women

50 m freestyle

22.11

25.27

100 m freestyle

48.82

54.57

200 m freestyle

1:47.82

1:58.33

400 m freestyle

3:48.92

4:09.35

800 m freestyle

 

8:33.84

1500 m freestyle

15:11.83

 

100 m backstroke

54.40

1:00.82

200 m backstroke

1:58.48

2:10.84

100 m breaststroke

1:00.79

1:08.49

200 m breaststroke

2:11.74

2:26.89

100 m butterfly

52.36

58.70

200 m butterfly

1:56.86

2:08.95

200 m individual medley

2:00.17

2:13.36

400 m individual medley

4:16.46

4:41.75

 

Article sourced by Forever Marketing on behalf of Swimming South Africa.

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