With the medallists from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games taking a well-deserved break, the next generation is making a splash at the South African Swimming Championships in Port Elizabeth.
So far six swimmers have posted qualifying times for the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina split equally between male and female athletes.
Mariella Venter, who fell just 0.72s short of the qualifying mark for the 2016 Rio Games two years ago will have an opportunity to shine at the Youth Olympics after she won the 100m backstroke title by more than three seconds.
She hit the wall in a time of 1:01.86, just 0.15s off the personal best she posted at last year’s FINA Junior World Championships in Indianapolis, United States.
Fellow Commonwealth Games participant Kate Beavon also threw her name into the hat for the Youth Olympics winning the 200m freestyle in a time of 2:03.27, dipping below the qualifying mark by 0.08s.
She finished well ahead of second-placed Janie Coetzer, who clocked 2:05.75 with Abi Meder finishing in third with 2:06.03.
Eighteen-year-old Kaylene Corbett, who featured in the 200m breaststroke final at the Gold Coast Games, won the SA women’s 100m breaststroke title posting a time of 1:10.06.
Winning the silver medal with a time of 1:10.72, Christin Mundell booked her place for the Youth Olympics with Emily Visagie bagging the bronze in 1:11.46.
In the men’s 100m breaststroke, Alaric Basson took the spoils with a time of 1:02.14 with Michael Houlie matching his semi-final time of 1:02.57 to post a second qualifying time for Argentina to win the silver medal.
Jacques van Wyk won the men’s 100m backstroke touching the wall in 55.80 ahead of Martin Binedell in second place with 56.42.
Luan Grobbelaar, who was one of the youngest members of the South African team at the Gold Coast, clocked a qualifying time of 2:06.66 in the 200m individual medley semi-final.
Jarryd Baxter beat seasoned campaigner and Commonwealth team-mate Ayrton Sweeney in the men’s 200m freestyle in a time of 1:49.84. Sweeney had to be content with the silver medal clocking 1:51.37 with Brent Szurdoki bagging bronze in 1:51.79.
Youth Olympic Games qualifiers:
Michael Houlie – 100m breaststroke – 1:02.57
Christin Mundell – 100m breaststroke – 1:10.72
Mariella Venter – 100m backstroke – 1:01.86
Kate Beavon – 200m freestyle – 2:03.27
Riccardo di Domenico – 50m butterfly – 25.00 (semi)
Luan Grobbelaar – 200m individual medley – 2:06.66 (semi)