South Africa 2017 World C’ships Team Tracker: First Female On The List


The South African National Aquatic Championships kicked off in Durban on Monday, April 3rd where athletes will vie for their spots on the national roster for the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. The selection criteria is rather succinct, with the first and second place finishers in Olympic events at these Championships being considered for selection, as long as they achieve a FINA ‘A’ cut in the event.

If one or both top two finishers do not achieve an ‘A’ qualifying time, athletes will the fastest ‘A’ times in either heat or semi-final will then be considered for selection provided he/she swims in the final of the event. Additionally, South Africa’s selection criteria states that if there are no “A” Qualifiers in an Olympic Event, the first swimmer achieving a “FINA B” Qualifying Time Standard, may be considered for selection, to satisfy transformation and gender objectives.

Through 4 days of competition, below are the South African athletes who have secured FINA A cuts:

  • Cameron van der Burgh, 100 breaststroke, 59.73; 50 breaststroke, 27.06
  • Chad Le Clos, 100 freestyle, 48.64*; 200 freestyle, 1:46.84; 200 butterfly 1:55.00; 100 butterfly 51.56
    • *As lead-off on disqualified Western Cape Aquatics’ 4x100m freestyle relay
  • Myles Brown, 200 freestyle, 1:47.51
  • Brad Tandy, 50 freestyle, 21.99
  • Doug Erasmus, 50 freestyle, 22.39
  • Tatjana Schoenmaker, 200 breaststroke, 2:25.23

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