Georgia-Bound Matt Sates Hits SCM 100 Fly Personal Best


The 2021 South African Short Course Championships rolled on today in Pietermaritzburg, with the likes of Lara Van Niekerk, Pieter Coetze and Matt Sates doing additional damage in their respective events.

18-year-old Van Niekerk proved too quick for the field tonight in the women’s 200m breast, stopping the clock in a time of 2:23.65 for the win. Splitting 1:07.75/1:15.89, the Pretoria Aquatic Club swimmer produced a lifetime best en route to claiming gold by 4 seconds.

Yesterday’s main man in the 100m backstroke doubled up with the 50m sprint today of the same discipline. 17-year-old Olympian Pieter Coetze got to the wall tonight in 23.42 to mark his first time ever under the 24-second threshold in this short course 50 backstroke.

Entering this meet, the Tuks swimmer’s personal best rested at 24.08 but his 23.42 outing here now bumps him up a spot to rank as South Africa’s 3rd fastest man ever in the event.

As for Sates, the 18-year-old who is set to join the Georgia Bulldogs this spring also earned a personal best in his 100m fly event.

Touching in 50.61, Sates sliced .12 off of his previous PB of 50.72 produced at this same meet last year. He remains as the #4 all-time performer in the event for South Afria.

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1 month ago

Keep it up!

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