Day 4 of the 2014 South African National Championships saw one name added to the Commonwealth Games roster, as American-based Sebastien Rousseau cleared the qualifying standard in the 400 IM. In addition, the qualifier of this event, Chad le Clos, took two more wins, bringing his total on the week top 5 wins already.
Qualifying Times for the 2014 Commonwealth Games
|Men’s Standard||Women’s Standard|
|22.33||50 m Freestyle||25.34|
|48.93||100 m Freestyle||54.86|
|1.48:42||200 m Freestyle||1.58:74|
|3.49:55||400 m Freestyle||4.09:81|
|800 m Freestyle||8.34:33|
|15.14:38||1500 m Freestyle|
|54.43||100 m Backstroke||1.01:39|
|1.58:48||200 m Backstroke||2.11:09|
|1.00:86||100 m Breaststroke||1.08:63|
|2.12:78||200 m Breaststroke||2.27:88|
|52.57||100 m Butterfly||58.89|
|1.57:03||200 m Butterfly||2.09:38|
|1.59:99||200 m Ind. Medley||2.14:97|
|4.18:99||400 m Ind. Medley||4.44:53|
Women’s 100 Fly – FINALS
18-year old Marne Erasmus went under a minute for the third time of this meet in the final of the women’s 100 fly, but she still came up about half-a-second short of the required time to qualify for the Commonwealth Games with a 59.43. She was joined by 19-year old Vanessa Mohr, who swam a 59.92 for 2nd.
Those two teens are the future of this event in South Africa, and with both clearly motivated to contend with the best in the world, this could be a lost opportunity for valuable experience heading into the crucial 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Men’s 100 Free – FINALS
Chad Le Clos’ night began with a 49.38 in the 100 free. He was on the wrong side of the pack going into the turn in this race, but he’s got significantly better closing speed than anybody else in this race.
Neither he, nor anybody else, were under the qualifying standard, however. Brett Walsh took 2nd in 50.17, and Leith Shankland matched his semi-finals time with a 50.23 for 3rd.
18-year old Caydon Muller (50.25) and 17-year old Joshua Steyn (50.62) took 4th-and-5th, respectively.
Men’s 400 IM – FINALS
Chad le Clos won his second-straight non-Multi Class final of the session with a 4:14.81 in the 400 IM. Le Clos didn’t swim this race at last year’s Nationals or at Worlds, but with not much competition at the Commonwealth Games, he might use it as an opportunity to rack up another gold medal this summer in Glasgow.
Joining him on the Commonwealth Games qualifying list in the event is Sebastien Rousseau, who took 2nd in 4:18.17. He didn’t swim this event (or any, for that matter) at last year’s Nationals either. The defending champion, Michael Meyer, didn’t fare so well, as he was 8 seconds slower than last year for 4th place.
Women’s 800 Free – FINALS
17-year old Michelle Weber took her 2nd event title of the day, but still is without Commonwealth Game qualification after an 8:46.16 in the women’s 800 freestyle final.
She did most of her work early to win this race over Caitlin Kat, who was 2nd in 8:49.23. The only other swimmer under 9 minutes in the race was Kyna Pereira, who swam an 8:58.12 for 3rd.
Men’s 800 Free – FINALS (non-qualifying)
17-year old Brent Szurdoki won the men’s 800 free in 8:11.42, followed by Danie Marais (8:19.37) and Matthew Meyer (8:21.93).
Qualifying After 3 Days
Chad le Clos (200 fly, 200 back, 400 IM)
Dylan Bosch (200 fly)
Myles Brown (400 free)
Cameron van der Burgh (100 breast)
Sebastien Rousseau (400 IM)
Karin Prinsloo (100 free, 200 free)
Semi-Finals and Relays
- In the men’s 50 breaststroke semi-final, Cameron van der Burgh and training partner Giulio Zorzi took the top two spots in 27.05 and 27.85, respectively. Those are two of the three medalists in the event from Worlds last year. The next two seeds are based out of American colleges: Jared Pike from Florida State and Brad Tandy from Arizona.
- In the women’s 50 backstroke semi-final, Jessica Ashley-Cooper easily took the top seed in 29.19. Jamie Reynolds was 2nd in 29.98.
- Franko Jonker, who won the women’s 200 breaststroke on Wednesday, will take the middle lane into the final of the 100 breaststroke with a 1:09.02. This should be a hotly-contested final; Tara Nicholas is the 2nd seed in 1:09.05, and Justine Macfarlane was 3rd in 1:09.33.
- Charl Crous holds the top spot after the semi-finals of the men’s 100 back with a 54.90. That’s half-a-second away from the qualifying standard, with a 54.43 target for finals