The SA National Short Course Swimming Championships successfully concluded at the Seals Swim Centre in Pietermaritzburg on today, Tuesday, 27 October 2020.

18 year old Rebecca Meder continued to shine, winning gold and a bronze medal during the final day.

In the 400m individual medley, Meder was fast off the block to claim the title in 4:44.71, over 2.33secs ahead of Samantha Randle in 4:47.04 and Emily Visagie in 4:49.88.

Meder also scooped the bronze medal in the 50m freestyle in 25.72 behind Erin Gallagher in 24.80 and Aimee Canny in 25.39, with Gallagher’s time just 0.20secs from the 24.60 FINA requirement.

In the long distance races, the top three spots in the 800m freestyle went to Leigh McMorran in 8:49.69, Catherine van Rensburg in 8:52.02 and Randle in 8:53.90.

Swimming South Africa’s High Performance Manager, Mr Dean Price, said that what they have seen over the last few days of competition is very exciting and the swimmers are highly motivated.

“We have had an incredible Championships here in Pietermaritzburg with a lot of standout performances, like powerhouse Tatjana Schoenmaker breaking South African and African records.

“We have also seen the likes of Rebecca Meder, Aimee Canny and Kaylene Corbett put in some fantastic times and we have been very excited with the performances all around.” concluded Price.

Final FINA World Championships Qualification Times:

  • Tatjana Schoenmaker – 100m breaststroke – 1:03.89 (African Record)
  • Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke – 2:18.02 (African Record)
  • Tatjana Schoenmaker – 50m breaststroke – 30.20 (SA Record)
  • Rebecca Meder – 200m individual medley – 2:09.76
  • Rebecca Meder – 100m individual medley – 1:00.57
  • Aimee Canny – 100m individual medley – 1:00.31 (SA Record)
  • Kaylene Corbett – 200m breaststroke – 2:22.43