In these unprecedented times, the South African Junior National Swimming Championships were only for swimmers of 16 and younger this year, with the under-17s and under-18s participating at the senior champs.
And one of those was our Jordan Lotter, who is in the 17 and under age group, but who qualified to swim at the senior nationals in the 100m backstroke and freestyle and the 200m freestyle, as a well as in a number of events in his age group.
The juniors swam in the same heats and finals as the seniors and were eligible for medals in their own age groups as well as in the open category
Jordan was injured, so he couldn’t participate in all his events, but in those he did he made two A and two B finals, and came away with two silver and two bronze medals in the 17 and under age group.
“I did best in the 50m backstroke, where I finished fourth overall in the A final, and second among the under-17s,” he said. “I also won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke, and bronze medals in the 50 and 100m freestyle. “I couldn’t swim in the 200m free because I got injured, which is a pity because I think that’s my best race.”
Jordan trains with coach Theo Verster at the Dragons club and he has swum personal best times in all his events this year.
“I’m looking forward to next summer when, hopefully, the school swimming season gets under way again,” he said.
Before then, Jordan is very busy doing other things at school. He is in the school cross country team and will be playing rugby this term. And, he says, he’s doing quite well in the classroom too.
As a serious swimmer, training doesn’t stop during the winter either.