PE swimmer impresses at US National Championships

Christopher Reid, a swimmer from Port Elizabeth and now based in the United States continued his impressive climb to the top echelon of international swimming at the US National Swim Champs this past weekend.

Reid came 5th in the final of the 100 m backstroke with a time of 54.47, which is a mere 0,11 seconds from qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games.

“I could not be happier for where I am right now and can only say it has made my drive bigger for next year,” said an ecstatic Reid after his swim.

Chris Reid at the 2014 Marina Mile. Photo: Erin de Swart
Chris Reid at the 2014 Marina Mile. Photo: Erin de Swart

Christopher, who trains with the University of Alabama, is well set to swim a qualifying time for the 2016 Olympics. He will definitely be someone to watch at the 2016 South African National Swim Champs.

Reid trains under legendary South African swimmer Jonty_Skinner, who is on the coaching team of Alabama, also made the final in the 200 meter backstroke, taking sixth place in a time of 2:00.06. The Olympic qualifying time is 1:58.22

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He followed this up with a third place in the “C” final of the 200 m Individual Medley and 19th overall with a time of 2:04.45.

Reid is a former winner of the Marina Mile, which takes place this Sunday in the canals of Marina Martinique

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