Swimming South Africa has released psych sheets for its National Championship meet, and as expected, star butterflyer Chad le Clos will take on a full schedule.
Le Clos, who has won FINA’s World Cup series the last two seasons on the men’s side, will swim both Olympic butterfly distances (100 and 200 meters) but will not contest the 50 fly. Instead, he’ll swim the 200 IM, 100 free and 200 free, likely looking to place himself onto South Africa’s 400 and 800 free relays.
Olympic champion and world record-holding breaststroker Cameron van der Burgh will also compete, swimming all three (50, 100 and 200) breaststroking distances.
Veteran Roland Schoeman is another notable name competing for South Africa. The 34-year-old sprint specialist will swim the 50 fly, 50 free and 100 free.
On the women’s side, 25-year-old Karin Prinsloo should be among the biggest factors. Prinsloo is ranked first or second in each of her 5 events: the 100 free, 400 free, 100 back, 200 free and 200 back.
Some current and former NCAA standouts will also be in action at next week’s meet. That list includes Marne Erasmus (SMU), Sebastien Rousseau (Florida), Michael Meyer (Arizona), Stephen Coetzer (NC State) and Franko Jonker (Texas A&M).
The meet also features one major foreign name, and that’s American teenager Michael Andrew. Andrew, a multi-time National Age Group record-breaker in the U.S., has family ties to South Africa and has been training in the country for some time now. He’s still clearly marked on the psych sheets with an asterisk, as he’s chosen to compete for the United States internationally.
Andrew will swim one of the busiest schedules of the meet. The 15-year-old is entered in the 50s and 100s of all four strokes, plus the 200 IM for a total of 9 event entries.
The South African National Championships will take place in two weeks, beginning on Monday, April 13 and running through Saturday the 18th.