Jarryd Baxter, Dune Coetzee Win on Day 6 of SA Commonwealth Trials

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 0

December 21st, 2017 Africa, News


  • December 16th-22nd, 2017
  • Durban, South Africa
  • LCM (50m)
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games Trials
  • Commonwealth Games Standards
  • Live Results: Meet Mobile, search “KZNA Premier Champs & Commonwealth Trials”

Day 6 Qualifiers 

There were only two events in the open age category on Day 6 of the 2017 South African Champs (and Commonwealth Trials), but swimmers hit qualifying standards in both events.

The first event was the men’s 200 IM, where three men went faster than the qualifying time. 18-year-old Jarryd Baxter led the way with a 2:00.99, six tenths ahead of Ayrton Sweeney (2:01.64). Sweeney was the 400 IM champion earlier in the week. Neil Fair was 2:04.28 for third, also sliding under the QT.

Eben Vorster was very close to hitting the QT, going 2:04.56 for fourth, but he fell just short of the 2:04.43 standard.

In the only other open event tonight, the women’s 400 free, 15-year-old Dune Coetzee struck again for the win. She was 4:14.53, winning the event by over two seconds and easily surpassing the QT of 4:19.34. 19-year-old Kristin Bellingan was also under the QT, with a 4:17.74.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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