Erin Gallagher Concludes a Fantastic SA Swimming Champs with Three Gold Medals in Gqeberha

Fresh from her African record-breaking and Olympic-qualifying swim on Friday night, Aimee Canny claimed her third title of the meet, bagging victory in the 200m individual medley in 2:12.23 at the Newton Park Swimming Pool on April 10, 2024 in Gqeberha, South Africa. File Photo: Anton Geyser/Gallo Images

Olympian Erin Gallagher added to her haul by out-sprinting the field to win the women’s 50m freestyle for her third national title in the Newton Park Swimming Pool at the SA Swimming Championships in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, on Saturday, 13 April, 2024.

The 25-year-old blitzed to victory in 24.95 seconds to edge out Cailtin de Lange by just one hundredth of a second with 16-year-old Jessica Thompson taking the bronze in 25.41 seconds.

Fresh from her African record-breaking and Olympic-qualifying swim in the opening leg of the 4x200m freestyle relay on Friday night, Aimee Canny claimed her third title of the meet, bagging victory in the 200m individual medley in 2:12.23. 

At the other end of the distance spectrum, Stephanie Houtman claimed her first title of the week, cruising to victory in the 1500m freestyle in 16 minutes 41.20 seconds.

Tatjana Smith, who has lit up the pool in the breaststroke events, ended off her week with a silver medal the IM in 2:13.88 with 400IM winner Dakota Tucker taking the bronze in 2:17.14.

Meanwhile, the Para swimmers also wrapped up a successful championships with another outstanding performance on Saturday, when Kat Swanepoel climbed to the top of the world rankings in the S4 50m backstroke after finishing in 48.14 seconds in the morning heats, and then going even quicker with a time of 47.16 seconds in the evening final.

Daily Results Wrap at the SA Swimming Championships in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape,
Concluded on Saturday, 13 April, 2024

Swimmers who have achieved Olympic Qualifying Times at the SA Championships 2024

Aimee Canny (200m freestyle)
Kaylene Corbett (200m breaststroke)
Erin Gallagher (100m butterfly)
Tatjana Smith (100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke)

Swimmers who have Achieved Paralympic Qualifying Times at the SA Championships 2024

Kat Swanepoel
Alani Ferreira
Danika Vynck


Original Copy: Swimming South Africa, with editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: Fresh from her African record-breaking and Olympic-qualifying swim on Friday night, Aimee Canny claimed her third title of the meet, bagging victory in the 200m individual medley in 2:12.23 at the Newton Park Swimming Pool on April 10, 2024 in Gqeberha, South Africa. File Photo: Anton Geyser/Gallo Images

Photo 2 Caption: Kat Swanepoel climbed to the top of the world rankings in the S4 50m backstroke after finishing in 48.14 seconds in the morning heats, and then going even quicker with a time of 47.16 seconds in the championship’s concluding evening final. Photo: SA Sports Images/Anton Geyser

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