Double Commonwealth Games gold medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker posted a 100m breaststroke World Swimming Short-Course Championships qualifying time at the SA National Swimming Championships, held at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban on Saturday and Sunday.

So far, four women swimmers have posted qualifying times for the World Swimming Short-Course Championships in China in December.

Schoenmaker ducked below the required time again in the final during the evening session touching in 1:05.12, hitting the wall ahead of 15-year-Lara van Niekerk in second place with 1:08.34 and Emily Visagie, who finished third in 1:08.35.

The Pretoria powerhouse had already qualified in her specialist 200m breaststroke event earlier at the championships.

Despite being distinctly undercooked after health issues going into these championships, home town girl Erin Gallagher is experiencing a superb championships qualifying for her third event when she raced to victory in the 100m individual medley.

She won in 1:01.00 with Tayla Lovemore finishing second in 1:01.31 while rising star Rebecca Meder touched third in 1:01.54.

Gallagher qualified for the global showpiece in the 100m freestyle (53.34), 50m butterfly (26.07), and 100m IM.

Teenage swimmer Olivia Nel won the senior 50m backstroke title in 28.64, ahead of Gabi Grobler in second place (28.78) with Jamie Reynolds rounding off the podium with 29.34.

Endurance athlete Kate Beavon won the women’s 400m freestyle title in 4:11.44. Marlies Ross (4:12.97) finished second with Rebecca Meder’s sister Abi (4:12.98) taking third.

Duné Coetzee won the women’s 200m butterfly medal in 2:13.31 touching ahead of Carli Antonopoulos (2:17.41) in second place with Trinity Hearne (2:18.74) finishing third.


Qualifying times after Saturday’s third day:
Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke – 2:18.93, 100m breaststroke (1:05.12)
Emily Visagie – 200m breaststroke – 2:23.03
Erin Gallagher – 100m freestyle (53.34), 50m butterfly (26.07), 100m IM (1:01.00)
Rebecca Meder – 200m IM (2:12.35)


Photo 1 caption: Erin Gallagher shines with three World Short Course QT’s at SA National Swimming Champs in Durban, alongside 2x qualifier Tatjana Schoenmaker, Emily Visagie and Rebecca Meder. In this photo, Olivia Nel (centre) smiles after winning the senior 50m backstroke title ahead of Gabi Grobler and Jamie Reynolds. Photo: Neville Bailey


This post is an edited version of an article first published on the Team SA website


With editing by gsport