PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa (SMU) – Sophomore Tara-Lynn Nicholas picked up a gold medal in the 50-meter breaststroke at the SA Short Course Championship at the GC Jolliffee Pool on Friday.
In her hometown of Pietermaritzburg, Nicholas posted a 31.23, improving from her heat time of 31.90 and semifinal time of 31.61, for the win. She came into the event as the No. 1 seed.
As part of a 4x50 mixed medley relay, she helped her team to a second place finish (1.46.70) by swimming a 31.56 split in the breaststroke. In the 4x50 freestyle relay, her team clocked in at 1:46.40 for third.
Marne Erasmus also began competition on day two, taking part in butterfly and individual medley events. In the 50-meter butterfly, the East London, South Africa, native posted a 27.31 in prelims to qualify for semifinals. In the evening’s semis, she finished second, improving her time to 27:06, and qualified for finals. Erasmus also made it to the semifinals of the 100-meter individual medley, but did not qualify for finals.
The Sa Short Course Championships serve as a qualifier for the World Short Course Championships that are held December 3-7 in Doha, Qatar.