1973 South African Games - Hillcrest Pool, Pretoria

The 1973 South African Games swimming was held at the Hillcrest swimming pool from 6 - 8 April.

The international contingent of male swimmers were some of the best swimmers who competed at the Munich Olympic Games in August 1972. Steve Genter won a gold and two silver medals, while David Wilkie won a silver in the 200 breaststroke. Wilkie was to win a gold medal in this event at the Olympics in Montreal in 1976.

There was a German contingent led by backstroke champion Klaus Steinbach, butterfly ace Folkert Meeuw, backstroke Olympian Annegret Kober and breaststrokers Petra Nows and Erika Reugg. Other competitors from Germany were R Remmel (men butterfly), W Kusch (men breast), G Michel (men breast), H Gunter-Vesseler (men freestyle), G Schiller (men freestyle), 

Francoise Monod (women freestyle), Suzanne Nieser (women backstroke) and Irena Debrunner (women butterfly) of Switzerland joined Suzie Attwood (women backstroke), Ann Simmonds (women freestyle) and B Patterson (men IM) of the USA.

Sue Dickie of Natal beat Simmonds on the 200 freestyle, and Esme Oosthuizen set a new South African record in the 100m butterfly, with Irena Debrunner finishing a distant third behind Heather Hendry of Rhodesia.

David Wilkie beat Rhodesian star Rob Hatherley by 1,2 seconds in the 200m breaststroke, while Klaus Steinbach took the 100m backstroke title from South African Mike Fairall by 1,5 seconds. Steve Genter was beaten by Springbok Charles Quibell in the 200 freestyle and by Paul Blackbeard in the 400m freestyle event. Jonty Skinner won the 100m freestyle ahead of Genter and Steinbach.  

Steven Genter

US Olympic silver medalist Steve Genter, with Jan Kelder in Stellenbosch.