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Tatjana Schoenmaker and Christian Sadie post new Qualification Times on the fourth day of the SA National Aquatic Championships

Tatjana Schoenmaker and Christian Sadie post new Qualification Times on the fourth day of the SA National Aquatic Championships
Durban, Thursday, 11th April 2019 - Tatjana Schoenmaker made her second time, while Christian Sadie posted his fourth IPC World Championships qualification time during the fourth day of the SA National Aquatic Championships in Durban tonight.

There was plenty of action in the 100m breaststroke as Schoenmaker clocked her second FINA Qualification time of the competition in 1:06.83, just under a second from the required 1:07.43, while Kaylene Corbett and Rebecca Meder ended second and third in 1:09.03 and 1:10.06, respectively.

Dune Coetzee raced to the 400m freestyle title in a fast 4:14.27, over eight seconds ahead of Christin Mundell in 4:22.83 and Kiara Noades in 4:27.27, while on the men’s side, it was Brent Szurdoki that grabbed the gold medal in 3:51.96, followed by Botswana’s James Freeman in 3:53.18 and Josh Dannhauser in 3:53.30.

Christopher Reid was only 0.17secs short of a FINA Qualification time in the 100m backstroke when he touched the wall in a golden 54.23 ahead of Zane Waddell in 54.60 and Martin Binedell in 56.08, while Mariella Venter walked away with the gold medal in the ladies’ race in 1:01.87 ahead of Nathania van Niekerk in 1:02.10 and Olivia Nel in 1:03.63.

In the 100m breaststroke, the gold medal was claimed by Michael Houlie in 1:00.44 to Alaric Basson’s 1:02.15 and Brenden Crawford’s 1:02.64.

KZN’s Abi and Rebecca Meder, Erin Gallagher and Kristin Bellingan won the 4x200m freestyle relay in 8:26.80 ahead of the Western Cape’s Aimee Canny, Georgia Nel, Trinity Hearne and Carli Antonopoulos in 8:30.01 and Tshwane’s Kiara Noades, Janie Coetzer, Stephanie Houtman and Lindsay McLeod in 8:40.04, while the men’s relay gold medals went to KZN’s Dannhauser, Matthew Bosch, Dayne Odendaal and Josh Stegen in 7:32.25.

Western Cape’s Sadie (SM7) posted his fourth IPC Qualification time in the 200m individual medley, clocking 2:38.09 to the required time of 2:59.29, while Johann van Heerden came second in 2:28.50, just 2.46secs over the required 2:26.04.

19 year old Michaela Kretzen (SM14) was once again on top, this time in the 200m individual medley in 3:07.97 with the remaining gold medals going to Alani Ferreira (SM13) in 2:47.84 and Mark Roach (SM15) in 2:17.96.

The SA National Aquatic Championships conclude tomorrow with the heats session starting at 09:30, while the finals will begin at 17:00.

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

Qualifying Times – FINA World Championships – Day 04:

  • Chad le Clos – 200m butterfly – 1:56.21
  • Chad le Clos – 100m butterfly – 51.39
  • Erin Gallagher – 100m freestyle – 54.34
  • Erin Gallagher – 100m butterfly – 57.67
  • Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke – 2:24.44
  • Tatjana Schoenmaker – 100m breaststroke – 1:06.83
  • Kaylene Corbett – 200m breaststroke – 2:25.62
  • Nathania van Niekerk – 200m backstroke – 2:11.37
  • Christopher Reid – 200m backstroke – 1:57.11
  • Ayrton Sweeney – 400m individual medley – 4:17.67
  • Ryan Coetzee – 100m butterfly – 51.85 (heats)


Qualifying Times – IPC World Championships – Day 04:

  • Franco Smit (S12) – 100m Backstroke – 1:05.25
  • Franco Smit (S12) - 50m Freestyle – 25.06
  • Alani Ferreira (S13) – 100m Butterfly – 1:21.13
  • Alani Ferreira (SB13) - 100m Breaststroke – 1:25.88
  • Christian Sadie (S7)  – 50m Freestyle – 29.06
  • Christian Sadie (S7)  - 50m Butterfly – 30.37
  • Christian Sadie (SM7) – 200m individual medley – 2:38.09
  • Christian Sadie (SB7)  - 100m Breaststroke – 1:27.34 (heats)
  • Hendri Herbst (S11)  – 50m Freestyle – 28.87
  • Johann van Heerden (SB9)  – 100m Breaststroke – 1:12.30
  • Cornelle Leach (SB12) - 100m Breaststroke – 1:34.22
  • Hendrik van der Merwe (SB5)  - 100m Breaststroke – 1:44.64


For photos from the SA National Aquatic Championships, please visit - https://debikyimages.photoshelter.com/gallery/Day-4-PM-Session/G0000kCkWP8.jlYM/C0000RGpYTOgQ3io

For further information about the newly launched Aquatics Foundation, please visit – www.aquaticsfoundationsa.org


For further information please contact:

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Swimming South Africa is the governing body of aquatics in South Africa.

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.