Tatjana Schoenmaker the Toast of Swimming SA National Aquatic Champs

by | Apr 10, 2017

The 2017 SA National Aquatic Championships in Durban successfully concluded on Saturday with Tatjana Schoenmaker’s qualification for the 17th FINA World Champs leading a total of fourteen Juniors gaining entry to the Junior Champs, with Alani Ferreira and Christelle Kriel qualifying for the World Para Swimming Qualifiers.

Junior Rebecca Meder’s outstanding performance in the 400m individual medley earned her the top spot in the event with a FINA Junior World Championships qualification time of 4:48.49, ahead of Samantha Randle in 4:55.12 and Kate Beavon in 4:57.63.

In the ladies’ 200m breaststroke, Tatjana Schoenmaker was victorious in 2:26.20, while Kaylene Corbett, Christin Mundell and Hanim Abrahams all added the event to their list of Junior Qualifiers in 2:30.07, 2:31.46 and 2:33.98, respectively.

In the 100m freestyle, Erin Gallagher scooped the gold in 56.28 ahead of Emma Chelius in 56.75 and Seychelles’ Felicity Passon in 56.90, while 14-year old Olivia Nel – who despite finishing fourth – added her name to the FINA Junior World Championships list by a mere 0.02 secs, when she touched the wall in 58.06 to the 58.08 requirement.

Gallagher was back in the water to receive the gold for the 50m butterfly, clocking a winning 27.35 to Chelius’ 27.90 and Kenya’s Emily Muteti in 28.40.

In the multi-disability races, Alani Ferreira was the winner of the S1-13 in a World Para Swimming qualification time of 2:52.03.

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


Final List of Qualifying Times at the 17th FINA World Championships:
Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke (SF) – 2:25.23

Final List of Qualifying Times – 6th FINA Junior World Swimming Championships:
Dune Coetzee – 100m butterfly – 1:01.04, 200m freestyle – 2:03.90, 200m butterfly – 2:14.14
Kate Beavon – 200m freestyle  – 2:03.13, 800m freestyle – 8:54.77
Rebecca Meder – 200m individual medley – 2:16.24, 1500m freestyle – 16.49.77, 200m freestyle – 2:02.94, 800m freestyle – 8:49.49, 400m individual medley – 4:48.49
Jenna Pearse – 200m freestyle (SF) – 2:05.89
Abi Meder – 1500m freestyle – 17:08.15, 800m freestyle – 8:58.46
Gabi Grobler – 200m individual medley – 2:19.83, 200m freestyle (SF) – 2:05.64, 100m freestyle (SF) – 57.99
Christin Mundell – 200m individual medley (SF) – 2:20.51, 100m breaststroke (SF) – 1:11.56, 200m breaststroke – 2:31.46
Kaylene Corbett – 100m breaststroke – 1:09.46, 200m breaststroke – 2:30.07
Hanim Abrahams – 100m breaststroke – 1:11.18, 200m breaststroke – 2:33.98
Mariella Venter – 100m backstroke – 1:01.53, 200m backstroke – 2:13.40
Inge Weidemann – 50m freestyle – 26.26, 100m freestyle (SF) – 57.65
Olivia Nel – 100m freestyle – 58.06
Kiara Noades – 200m backstroke – 2:17.99

Final list of World Para Swimming Qualifiers:
Alani Ferreira S13 – 400m freestyle & 100m breaststroke
Christelle Kriel S14 – 100m butterfly

Final list of Deaf Olympics Qualifiers:
Cornell Loubser – 50, 100 and 200m butterfly


Photo 1 caption: Tatjana Schoenmaker was victorious in the ladies’ 200m breaststroke at the SA National Aquatic Championships 2017 in Durban, with a FINA Junior World Championships qualification time of 2:25.23 in the event’s semi-final. Photo: Anesh Debiky

Photo 2 caption: Rebecca Meder’s outstanding performance in the 400m individual medley earned her a FINA Junior World Championships qualification time of 4:48.49 in addition to her four other qualifying times, which wrapped in Durban on Saturday, 8 April. Photo: Anesh Debiky

Photo 3 caption: Hanim Abrahams qualified for the Junior World Champs in the 100m breaststroke as well as the 200m breaststroke. Photo: Anesh Debiky

Photo 4 caption: Erin Gallagher scooped the 100m freestyle gold in 56.28, adding her name to the FINA Junior World Championships qualifiers list. Photo: Anesh Debiky

Photo 5 caption: Gabi Grobler excelled to qualify in the Junior Champs’ 200m individual, 200m freestyle and the 100m freestyle, the latter two times laid down in the event semi-finals. Photo: Anesh Debiky


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