Dutch Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal took on her first Midmar Mile open water swim, capturing gold in South Africa.
The Georgia Bulldogs had their second-highest finish in program history at last year’s NCAA Championship meet, but the graduation of two key pieces will force some creativity to maintain that spot this year.
Incoming Auburn freshman Nate Stoffle (pictured) is a high-end addition on backstroke for the Tigers.
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.
17-year-old Matt Sates dropped 1.48s in the 2IM to hit 1:57.60 in Durban, cracking the top 15 times in the world this season. Sates also hit 51.83 in the 1FL.
Schoenmaker’s 2:20.17 200 breaststroke was the only swim of the night to get under the South African Olympic selection criteria.
Amidst South Africa’s second wave of Covid-19 cases, Midmar Mile Race Director Wayne Riddin has postponed the event by 1 month and added safety precautions.
Palmetto, Georgia’s TJ Pittenger has verbally committed to swim for the in-state Bulldogs in the class of 2025.
Bates’ breaststroke times from Sectionals put him within 1.5 and 3 seconds of the Olympic Trials cuts in the 100 and 200 meter races, respectively.
The 2020 Midmar Mile open water race took place over the weekend at the Midmar Dam north of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Henré Louw’s commitment restarts what was once a fruitful South African recruiting pipeline for the Georgia Bulldogs.