Kat Swanepoel Swims to Paralympic Qualification at SA Nationals

by | Apr 9, 2021

Kat Swanepoel was over the moon with her Paralympic Qualification and new South African Record time in the multi-disability section on Day Two of the SA National Aquatic Championships, taking place at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Gqeberha.

Swanepoel set a new time of 2:14.78 in the 100m backstroke, while Paula van Zyl won the silver in 1:28.33.

Swanepoel also went on to break another SA Record, this time in the 50m breaststroke, where she shattered S Shannon’s 2005 time of 4:20.93 by clocking 1:16.79, while Paralympian Alani Ferreira broke her own 2020 SA Record of 39.92 to win the event in 39.13.

Erin Gallagher just missed out on a Qualification time in the 100m freestyle when she sprinted to the gold medal in 54.89, 0.51secs off the required 54.38, while Aimee Canny finished a close second in 54.91 and Emma Chelius was third in 55.04.

It was gold for Duné Coetzee in the 200m butterfly, touching the wall in 2:13.87, over 2.77secs ahead of Trinity Hearne in 2:16.64 and Leigh McMorran in 2:19.09.

Silver medalist Cornelle Leach also broke her old SB12 50m breaststroke SA Record in 40.18 during the morning heats, to her 2019 time of 42.58.

The Day 03 heats will start at 09:30, while the finals will begin at 18h00 daily.

The staging of this event has been made possible through the support provided by Swimming SA partners, Sport and Recreation South Africa, SASCOC, National Lotteries Commission, Arena and Rand Water.

 

Photo 1 Caption: In the multi-disability section, Kat Swanepoel was over the moon with her Paralympic Qualification and new South African Record time on Day Two of the SA National Aquatic Championships taking place at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Gqeberha. Photo: Supplied

 

With editing by gsport

 

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