South Africa’s Olympic and Paralympic-bound swimmers produced a thrilling final day to the Durban leg of the SSA Swimming Grand Prix, which was held at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre on Sunday, 30 May 2021.
Tatjana Schoenmaker dominated the finals, adding two gold medals to her tally in the 50 and 200m breaststroke.
In the 200m event, the 23-year-old clocked an Olympic Qualification time of 2:22.70 ahead of Kaylene Corbett, who won the silver in an Olympic Qualification time of 2:25.50, to the 2:25.52 requirement. The bronze medal went to Lara van Niekerk in 2:31.30.
In the 50m race, Schoenmaker finished with the honours in 30.74, followed by van Niekerk in 31.04 and Caitlin de Lange in 32.08, while de Lange went two better to win the 50m butterfly gold medal in 27.68 ahead of Natalie Landmann in 28.01 and Kerryn Herbst in 28.44.
In the 200m individual medley, Rebecca Meder scooped the gold medal in 2:15.43, with the silver and bronze going to Dakota Tucker in 2:18.75 and Marizel van Jaarsveld in 2:20.64, while the 100m freestyle saw Emma Chelius win the gold medal in 55.59 ahead of Hannah Robertson in 57.52 and Veronique Rossouw in 58.38.
Van Jaarsveld also claimed the bronze in the 200m butterfly in 2:22.75, behind Duné Coetzee in 2:11.82 and ahead of Emma Christianson in 2:19.60, while the trio that won the 100m backstroke medals were Hannah Pearse in 1:05.24, Grace Hudson in 1:05.33 and Bernelee Doster in 1:05.39.
Leigh McMorran won the 400m freestyle event in 4:25.20, ahead of Lise Coetzee in 4:27.84 and Christin Mundell in 4:29.31.
There was no stopping Alani Ferreira (S13) as she added the 400m freestyle to her Paralympic Qualification list with a new Africa Record time of 4:57.14, while Cornelle Leach (S12) posted a new African Record in the heats of the 100m freestyle with a personal best time of 1:09.54.
In the 100m backstroke heats, Kat Swanepoel (S2) finished with a Paralympic Qualification time of 2:16.94 and followed that performance with a new South African Record in the 100m freestyle in 1:52.77.
The final teams for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be selected by SASCOC.
Final Olympic Qualifying Times:
Tatjana Schoenmaker – 100m breaststroke – 1:06.88
Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke – 2:22.70
Kaylene Corbett – 200m breaststroke – 2:25.50
Final Paralympic Qualifying Times:
Cornelle Leach (SB12) – 100m breaststroke – 1:26.24 (heats)
Alani Ferreira (SB13) – 100m breaststroke – 1:24.22 (heats)
Alani Ferreira (S13) – 400m freestyle – 4:57.14 (heats)
Kat Swanepoel (S2) – 50m backstroke – 1:01.01 (heats)
Kat Swanepoel (S2) – 100m backstroke – 2:16.94 (heats)
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Photo 1 Caption: Kaylene Corbett earned second place in the 200m event at the the SSA Swimming Grand Prix, which was held at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre on Sunday, 30 May 2021. Photo: Kaylene Corbett (Instagram)
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