18-year-old Rebecca Meder hit a near-lifetime best in the 200 IM at 2:12.98, frightening Kathryn Meaklim’s 2009 national record of 2:12.53.
Sates swam a 52.30 to take gold in the men’s 100 butterfly final, out-touching le Clos who was a 53.37 for the silver medal.
Matt Sates picked up a gold medal victory in the 200 IM after having hit the FINA A standard in the event during the prelims.
After missing the cut by 0.02 at South African Nationals, Sates cleared the FINA A and will likely become the newest addition to the country’s Olympic squad.
While some got close, no swimmers managed to hit the Olympic selection cut in their respective events on day 2 of South African Trials.
23 South African swimmers earned FINA qualification times for this summer’s World Junior Championships. But, with the nation’s selection criteria stating it is a ‘self-funded’ affair, the number who can actually go remains to be seen.