Cameron van der Burgh and Chad le Clos will feature at their fifth FINA World Short-Course Championships in Hangzhou, China from December 11 to 16.
Swimming SA (SSA) named the two stalwarts in an 11-member team for the biennial showpiece where they will spearhead the country’s charge in the 25-metre pool.
The duo were the only contributors to South Africa’s tally at the previous edition in Canada where their five-medal haul placed the country on the meals table.
Le Clos was named the top male swimmer at the championships claiming the golden butterfly treble winning the 50m, 100m, and 200m titles in his specialist stroke.
He added the 200m freestyle for good measure while Van der Burgh claimed the top step on the podium in the 50m breaststroke.
The team includes Commonwealth Games breaststroke double gold medallist Tatjana Schoenmaker has been included in the team but it is anyone’s guess whether she would be going to her maiden world championships.
She could be a medal contender with her form this year in both the 25 and 50m-pools after she broke the longest standing national record at last month’s South African Short-Course Championships in Durban.
Schoenmaker broke swimming legend Penny Heyns’ 50m breaststroke during the heats before improving the time in the final clocking 30.39 seconds.
The championships should also be a baptism of fire for risinng star Rebecca Meder, who would be making her senior debut at a major championship.
SSA said swimmers would have to contribute R15 000 each to go to the championships while they woould also have to foot the bill for their visa applications.
South African team: