2019 KZNA PREMIER CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, December 16th – Sunday, December 22nd
- Kings Park Swimming Pool, Durban, KZ
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The 2019 KZNA Premier Championships kicked off today in Durban, South Africa with 17-year-old Rebecca Meder reaping 2 golds right off the bat.
The Seagulls teen first posted a winning time of 2:14.28 to take the top prize in the women’s 200m IM, followed by a mark of 1:10.86 to accomplish the same feat in the 100m breast.
South African swimming stalwart Ayrton Sweeney got on the board with a time of 2:03.54 in the 200m IM for gold, while 16-year-old Matthew Sates nearly caught the 26-year-old at the end to give Sweeney a run for his money.
Sates touched in 2:03.62 to finished just .08 outside of 2IM gold. For the Seals athlete, Sates’ time checks in as a huge new personal best, crushing the 2:05.01 he logged at this year’s World Junior Championships, a mark which rendered him 20th out of the heats.
For perspective, Sates’ 2:03.62 would rank him 12th on the all-time performers’ list for Americans aged 15-16.
But Sates wasn’t finished tonight, with the teen also trying the 100m breast event on for size. He found success in the form of a winning mark of 1:03.70, a time just outside his 1:03.35 personal best from this summer’s CANA Junior African Championships.
At that meet, Sates lit it up with golds in the 50m free, 400m free, 100m breast, 200m breast, 200m IM, 100m fly and 200m fly for a total of 7 individual golds.