Records tumble at SA Aquatic Championships

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Alani Ferreira. (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)
Alani Ferreira. (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)

More records tumbled at the SA Aquatic Championships at the Newton Park Swimming Pool in Gqeberha on Sunday.

In what was the fourth day of competition, Alani Ferreira (SB13) made the Paralympic shortlist with a time of 1:23.97 in the 100m breaststroke. She finished ahead of Cornelle Leach (SB12), who not only finished with a Paralympic qualification time but set a new South African record of 1:29.52 in the category, eclipsing the 2019 record of 1:33.24.

According to the Team SA website, Ferreira also posted a new South African record in the 400m freestyle heats, beating her 2019 time of 5:05.55 to 5:00.28.

In the S1-13 100m breaststroke, Hendrik van der Merwe (SB5) posted a Paralympic qualification time of 1:45.38, while Christian Sadie (S7) notched his third Paralympic qualification time in the 50m butterfly in 30.91.

Kaleb van der Merwe (S8) won the silver medal in the 50m butterfly and broke the South Africa record in the process with a time of 32.26, beating the 2004 record of 32.79.

Pieter Coetze narrowly missed out on an Olympic Qualification time when he clocked a golden 54.25 in the 100m backstroke, just 0.40 seconds over the required 53.85, while Martin Binedell bagged the silver in 56.47 and Ian Venter the bronze in 57.21.

Henre Louw touched the wall in 3:57.43 to take home the gold medal in the 400m freestyle, holding off Roberto Gomes (4:00.25) and Dylan Wright (4:01.07).

In the 400m individual medley, Dakota Tucker's quick start won her the gold medal in 4:56.21 ahead of Samantha Randle (5:00.04) and Trinity Hearne (5:03.55), while in the men's medley race, Matthew Sates walked away with the title in 4:19.38, followed by Ayrton Sweeney in 4:24.79 and Ruan Ras in 4:27.48.

Rebecca Meder, Hannah Pearse and Michaela de Villiers topped the 100m backstroke final in 1:02.28, 1:04.59 and 1:04.61 respectively.

In the 400, freestyle, Dune Coetzee claimed gold (4:13.94), Hannah Robertson silver (4:21.46) and Lise Coetzee  bronze (4:23.03).

In the final event of the night, the quartet of Meder, Erin Gallagher, Aimee Canny and Emma Chelius, broke the African record in the 4x100m freestyle relay in a time of 3:40.29, beating the 2019 record of 3:43.35.

During a time trial race in the 200m breaststroke, Kaylene Corbett also posted an Olympic Qualification time of 2:25.18.

Olympic qualifying times

Chad le Clos – 200m butterfly – 1:55.88
Ethan du Preez – 200m butterfly – 1:56.44
Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke – 2:20.17
Kaylene Corbett – 200m breaststroke – 2:25.18

Paralympic qualifying times

Christian Sadie (S7) – 100m backstroke – 1:15.01
Christian Sadie (S7) – 50m freestyle – 29.03
Christian Sadie (S7) – 50m butterfly – 30.91
Kat Swanepoel (S2) – 100m backstroke – 2:14.78
Alani Ferreira (SB13) – 100m breaststroke – 1:23.97
Cornelle Leach (SB12) – 100m breaststroke – 1:29.52
Hendrik van der Merwe (SB5) – 100m breaststroke – 1:45.38

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