The South African swimming team continued to shine on the first day of the Mare Nostrum Monaco leg today, Saturday, 11th June 2011.
The first medal of the evening came from Neil Versfeld, who scooped the bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:16.06 behind Japan’s Ryo Tateishi in 2:12.93 and Naoya Tomita in 2:14.44. Versfeld also finished 5th in the 50m breaststroke quarter-finals in 28.36.
Bianca Meyer won her first medal of the Series, claiming SA’s second bronze in the 400m individual medley with a time of 4:49.67. Britain’s Hannah Miley took the gold in 4:35.89 while veteran Kirsty Coventry walked away with the silver in 4:45.28. SA’s Jessica Liss finished 4th in 4:57.84.
Myles Brown came very close to his first medal when he finished in 4th place in the 400m freestyle race. Brown clocked 3:59.11. In the 200m butterfly, Dylan Bosch ended 6th in 2:02.55 while Natasha de Vos came in 4th in the 200m backstroke in 2:15.31.
In the 50m freestyle quarter-final, Roland Schoeman claimed the top spot with his time of 22.31, the final of the event will be swum tomorrow, Sunday, 12th June 2011.
In the remaining quarter-final, Rohan Jacobs and Reynard Wessels finished 6th and 8th respectively in the 50m butterfly.