Swimming South Africa has released its roster for the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan and a modest roster it is. Compared to the 17-member pool squad South Africa brought to Barcelona for the 2013 edition of the meet, this time around just 5 team members will be competing against the best swimmers in the world.
The key names in South African swimming will certainly be en route shortly to Russia, led by Chad Le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, who both competed in Barcelona. Le Clos, ,the defending 100m and 200m butterfly champion is listed on the roster as swimming those two events, in addition to the 50m distance. However, earlier this summer, his coach Graham Hill confirmed to SwimSwam that his schedule would also include the 200m freestyle and 200m IM events. In fact, we picked him as our ‘dark horse’ in the 200m freestyle race.
Van der Burgh is lined up to race his two signature events, the 50m and 100m breaststrokes and will also be joined by teammate Ayrton Sweeney in the events. Sweeney rocked the South African Swimming Championships this past April, clinching victory in the 200m breaststroke event and also finishing tied for second in the 100m breaststroke distance.
Another South African repeating his trip to Worlds is rising freestyle talent Myles Brown, who is slated to compete in the 200m and 400m freestyles. Sebastien Rousseau is new to the South African World Championships team, but will also be headed to Kazan to swim the 200m fly and 400m IM events.
Interestingly, there are no women on the pool roster for South Africa. 2013 saw eight female swimmers, including Kyna Pereira, Rene Warnes and Karin Prinsloo. For her part, Prinsloo announced in May that she would not be seeking a Worlds roster spot berth, citing bouts of tonsillitis and a back injury as leading to ill-preparation overall; Prinsloo was unable to earn a Worlds-qualifying time at April’s South African Nationals.
For the athletes who are on their way to Worlds, Swimming South Africa’s High Performance Manager, Dean Price, says, “Our team has had a good build up in Europe and now it is time for rest and final preparation. We look forward to seeing the performances in Kazan and believe it will be a fast competition and our swimmers are ready to perform.”
Full team lists:
1. Cameron van der Burgh – 50 and 100m breaststroke
2. Chad Le Clos – 50, 100 and 200m butterfly
3. Ayrton Sweeney – 50 and 100m breaststroke
4. Myles Brown – 200 and 400m freestyle
5. Sebastien Rousseau – 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley
Men: Chad Ho (5k and 10k), Daniel Marais (5k and 10k), Nicolaos Manoussakis (25k)
Women: Carmen le Roux (10k), Michelle Weber (5k and 10k), Clarice le Roux (5k)