South Africa’s top swimmers will be eyeing places for the FINA World Short-Course Championships later this year when they take to the pool at the national trials in Durban at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre from August 9 to 12.
Olympic champions Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos will be looking to qualify for their sixth and fifth world short-course championships respectively.
Commonwealth Games 100-200m gold medallist Tatjana Schoenmaker will headline the women’s racing at the championships.
She will be swimming the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke events and has also been entered for the 100 and 200m individual medley and the 50 and 100m freestyle.
Le Clos will also have a schedule over the four-day championships dipping his toes in the water for the 50, 100 and 200m butterfly as well as the 100 and 200m freestyle.
South Africa’s most decorated Olympian has won a total of 11 world short-course medals — nine gold and two silver — since he made his debut at the 2010 edition in Dubai.
Fellow South African swimming stalwart Van der Burgh, who will be swimming his specialist 50 and 100m breaststroke events, has won a total of six medals including two gold since racing at his first short-course global champs at Manchester 2008.
Rising teenage star Rebecca Meder will be looking to qualify for her maiden senior championships and will have a taxing schedule that includes the 100 and 800m freestyle, and the 100, 200 and 400m individual medleys.
Erin Gallagher will swim in the 50, 100 and 200m freestyle, the 50 and 100m butterfly and the 50m backstroke while 18-year-old Mariella Venter will compete in the 100 and 200m backstroke, as well as the 100 and 200m individual medley.
The heats will start at 9 am while the finals will begin at 5 pm every day.