Madibaz student Courtney Musson captured a total of six medals – one gold and five silvers – when she competed for the Eastern Cape team at the South African artistic swimming championships in Durban last week.
The 24-year-old was delighted with her results and is now waiting on tenterhooks to find out if she will be included in the South African team to compete in the World Championships to be held in South Korea in July.
“The SA nationals also served as a platform for final selection for the world event,” she said.
“This was the second round of trials we were performing as we had our first trials in December, where I was selected as part of the SA artistic swimming squad.”
Her immediate goal is to make the national team for South Korea, which would mean a third appearance in the World Championships.
“If that happens it would be my first world competition in which I compete in the team events. At the previous champs we only performed in the individual and duet events.”
Musson said she was satisfied with her efforts “especially in my individual events”.
“I did, however, narrowly miss out on a gold in my technical duet event with my partner Nina Smith (from Port Elizabeth), but we were still satisfied with our silver as we have only been swimming together in this category for less than a year.”
Her results at the nationals were:
Solo (free and technical): second in both events
Duet (free and technical): Musson and Smith second in both events
Free combination routine: first (Musson, Smith and Tayla-Jade van Huyssteen, along with seven Western Cape members)