16-Yr-Old Du Preez Hits 1:56.5 200 Fly, 17-Yr-Old Meder 2:12.8 200 IM In Durban

SOUTH AFRICAN GRAND PRIX #2 – DURBAN

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The South African swimming scene has had its outlook enhanced through just the early rounds of this Grand Prix #2 in Durban.

As we reported yesterday, 16-year-old swimmer Ethan du Preez powered his way to a huge new personal best in the men’s 200m fly, hitting the wall in a time of 1:56.97. That hacked well over 1 1/2 seconds off his previous lifetime best of 1:58.67, a time he logged in the heats of this event at the 2019 World Junior Championships.

During this morning’s finals at this South African Grand Prix in Durban, however, du Preez proved that his prelims performance was no fluke. The teen dropped more time, shaving just under half a second off of yesterday’s mark to check-in with an even quicker 1:56.50.

Taking it out in 56.30 and bringing it home in 1:00.20, du Preez represented the only man to delve under the 2:00 threshold in this Chad Le Clos-less final. Comparing his splits this morning against his 1:56.97 outing yesterday, du Preez opened the former time in 56.08 and closed in 1:00.89.

With his 1:56.50, du Preez of Cypersmark Aquatics now sits only .02 shy of the 1:56.48 FINA ‘A’ Olympic qualifying mark for this year’s Summer Olympic Games. The teen will have the spotlight upon him come the South African Olympic Trials slated for early April.

In the meantime, his 1:56.50 outing now bumps him up a spot from yesterday’s 4th ranking to become South Africa’s 3rd fastest performer ever in the men’s 200m fly event.

South Africa’s Top 5 Performers All-Time in Men’s 200 Fly

#1 – 1:52.96 CHAD LE CLOS RSA 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES 7/28/2012 LONDON
#2 – 1:54.51 Sebastien Rousseau RSA 2009 World Champs 7/26/2009 Rome
#3 – 1:56.50 Ethan du Preez RSA 2020 South African Grand Prix 2/22/2020 Durban
#4 – 1:56.92 Dylan Bosch RSA 4/7/2014 Durban
#5 – 1:58.33 Michael Meyer RSA 2014 Pan Pacific Champs 8/21/2014 Gold Coast

For additional perspective, du Preez’s time would rank him as the 4th fastest American 15-16-year-old performer all-time, sitting only behind American icon Michael Phelps (1:54.58), reigning World Junior Champion Luca Urlando (1:55.21) and NCAA Swimmer of the Year Swammy Award winner for 2019 Andrew Seliskar (1:56.42).

Du Preez now enters the list of top 20 performers in the world this season at slot #14.

2019-2020 LCM MEN 200 FLY

DaiyaJPN
Seto
01/18
1:52.53
2Kristof
Milak
HUN1:53.7511/21
3Federico
Burdisso
ITA1:55.1112/13
4Tamas
Kenderesi
HUN1:55.1701/14
5Nao
Horomura
JPN1:55.2508/03
6Masato
Sakai
JPN1:55.4801/24
7Daiki
Tanaka
JPN1:55.5309/06
8Luca
Urlando
USA1:55.6012/07
9Eddie
Wang
TPE1:55.7210/12
10Grant
Irvine
AUS1:55.9408/09
11Tomoru
Honda
JPN1:56.1902/15
12Gunnar
Bentz
USA1:56.2003/05
13Zach
Harting
USA1:56.2608/03
14Takumi
Terada
JPN1:56.3309/06
15Ethan
Du Preez
RSA1:56.5002/22
View Top 26»

In other events here in Durban, 17-year-old Rebecca Meder nearly broke the South African national record in the women’s 200m IM. After nailing a personal best of 2:13.47 in last night’s prelims, the Seagulls swimmer broke through to a new career-quickest of 2:12.84 to beat the field handily for gold.

Meder’s 2:12.84 this evening is within striking distance of the long-standing South African national standard of 2:12.53 Kathryn Meaklim put on the books in December of 2009.

Entering this meet Meder’s personal best rested at 2:14.28, so the teen busted that to bits, entering 2:12 territory in a big way. For perspective, her time would rank her among the top 18 American performers all-time among 17-18-year-old women.

As with du Preez, Meder, too, is circling the FINA ‘A’ qualifying mark, with the women’s 200m IM QT sitting at 2:12.56.

Also in the water this morning was Commonwealth Games champion Tatjiana Schoenmaker, with the TUKS swimmer kicking off her 2020 calendar year with a solid 1:07.66 win in the women’s 100m breaststroke.

Speedster Erin Gallagher scored 2 wins here in Durban, first registering the only sub-1:02 time of the women’s 100m fly field with 59.02, followed by a gold medal-worthy swim of 25.20 in the 50m free.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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