Every South African a Swimmer

Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh qualified for his fifth World Swimming Short-Course Championships on Saturday evening

Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh qualified for his fifth World Swimming Short-Course Championships on Saturday evening
Durban, Saturday, 11th August 2018 - Van der Burgh raced to victory in the 100m breastroke posting a qualifying time of 57.63 seconds at the 2018 SA National Swimming Championships (25m) held at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban. Michael Houlie finished second behind him in 59.28 with Alaric Basson bagging bronze in 1:00.16.

So far 10 swimmers have posted qualifying times for the World Swimming Short-Course Championships in China in December.

Double Commonwealth Games gold medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker posted a 100m breaststroke qualifying time during the morning heats. She ducked below the required time again in the final during the evening session touching in 1:05.12. Schoenmaker hit 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.

She already qualified in her specialist 200m breaststroke event earlier at the championships.

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 Rebecca Meder touched third in 1:01.54.

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

Zane Waddell won the  a qualifying time in the men's 50m backstroke dipping below the qualifying mark for the second time on the day posting a winning time of 23.55. Jacques van Wyk touched second with 24.57 ahead of SA swimming stalwart Gerhard Zandberg, who finished third in 24.67. Waddell already penciled his name in for the world championships in the 100m freestyle at the Durban trials.

Teenage swimmer Olivia Nel won the senior 50m backstroke title in 28.64. Gabi Grobler finished just behind her for second place (28.78) with Jamie Reynolds rounding off the podium with 29.34.

In the 100m IM Olympic finalist Brad Tandy finished first clocking 54.41ahead of Zandberg (55.43) and Damian Mullen (55.48) in second and third respectively.

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

Ruan Ras raced to victory in the men's 400m freestyle clocking 3:50.48 with Josh Dannhauser (3:50.67) winning silver and Aryan Makhija finishing third in 3:53.00.

Dune 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.

Ruan Ras claimed the top step on the podium in the 200m butterfly posting a time of 1:57.97. He was followed by Ethan du Preez (1:58.83) I'm second place and Ruan Breytenbach (2:00.15) hitting the wall in third place.

Qualifying Times following Day 03 – World Short-Course Championships:


Chad le Clos - 100m freestyle (46.45), 50m butterfly (22.57)

Cameron van der Burgh - 100m breaststroke (57.63)

Zane Waddell - 100m freestyle (47.54), 50m backstroke (23.55)

Ryan Coetzee - 50m butterfly - (22.99)

Brad Tandy - 50m butterfly - (23.12)

Ayrton Sweeney - 200m breaststroke (2:06.81)


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)

Heats start at 09h00 while the finals begin at 17h00 every day.

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


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Its objective is to encourage the practice of aquatic disciplines for all in South Africa with the purpose of promoting swimming as a life skill through Learn To Swim programmes; providing healthy exercise to South Africans of all ages and races; recruiting recreational swimmers to compete in the various competitions; and promoting competition and athlete development to the highest level. Swimming South Africa is kindly supported by SASCOC, National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Arena, Sport & Recreation SA and Rand Water.