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SA Open Water Swimming Nationals at Marina Martinique this weekend

Feb 28, 2018
SA Open Water Swimming Nationals at Marina Martinique this weekend

The crème of South African open water swimming will gather at the Marina Martinique in Jeffery’s Bay this weekend for the 2018 South African National Open Water Swimming Championships, which has seen a significant increase in entries over previous years.

The picturesque Marina Martinique is renowned for fast times given the high salt content in the water, as well as often pristine conditions and the 2018 edition of these championships is sure to see some scintillating racing taking place.

With over 300 entries already in for the 2018 Championships, this number far surpasses the 213 entries that contested the 2017 edition. An exciting addition to the championship program will see the 4 x 1.25km mixed relay being contested on Saturday afternoon on a Provincial basis.

A contingent of international visitors have entered with 2017 World Championships multi medalist, Brazilian Anna Marcela Cunha heading the list. She will be joined by her training partner, Germanys’ Sarah Boslett while in the men’s events the Hungarian duo of Daniel Szekelyt and Peter Gailicz along with Namibian hopeful Phillip Seidler and Chad Michau representing The Netherlands are sure to add a touch of spice to proceedings.

All six international athletes will be contesting both the 5km and 10km races.

South African ace Chad Ho is taking a sabbatical due to the recent birth of his daughter and 2017 FINA World Championships South African representatives Nico Mannousakis and Danie Marias not entered, the way is paved for a new South African champion to grace the podium in both the men’s 5km and 10km races.

With places in the Team South Africa squad that will travel to Israel for the 2018 FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in September up for grabs, some of South Africa’s rising open water stars are set to make their mark.

Image: Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatic's star open water swimmer, Amica de Jager, will be looking at excelling within her age group this weekend.