South African swimmers are really not very happy with their federation right now.
Though the issue of who would pay for swimmers to travel to the World Championships this summer has been partially resolved (the federation will, though they’ve only committed to the ability to send top athletes, so some may still be footing the bill on their own), new issues have arisen upon arrival in Port Elizabeth.
That’s because on the eve of the meet’s start, the pool is bright green.
Having coached at a pool that had some issues and was bright green, I can pass on the knowledge from our pool guy that the biggest risk is an increased possibility of swimmer’s ear, but having murky water can certainly affect the outcome of the competition as it can obscure swimmers’ views of both their competitors and of the course in terms of knowing where turns are at.
Beyond that news, in an interview with Garrett McCaffrey last night, Arizona-trained swimmer Darian Townsend, after taking a big run at the World Cup over the (South African) summer and then beating Ryan Lochte at the Mesa Grand Prix in the 200 IM on Saturday night, has confirmed that he won’t be swimming at Nationals that run from Monday, April 15th through Saturday, April 20th. There’s a lot of great info in that interview, including a discussion of the financial burden that the current situation in Swimming South Africa is placing upon the athletes, so check it out.
According to the official selection criteria, that means he will be ineligible to swim at this summer’s World Championships. (That selection criteria, which can be seen here, also thinks the meet began last Wednesday).
The qualifying standards are below.
|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|
|7.59:06||800 m Freestyle||8.34:33|
|15.14:38||1500 m Freestyle||16.26:36|
|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|