Tatjana Schoenmaker was once again in top form at the National Short Course Swimming Championships at Pietermaritzburg’s Seals Swimming Club, which started on Saturday and are set to end on Tuesday.
On Monday she added the 200m breaststroke gold medal to her tally with a new African Record and FINA Qualification time of 2:18.02, beating her previous mark of 2:18.20.
“The improvement is small but it’s still there, which is very exciting. This is one of my best swims for this season.” said Schoenmaker.
Aimee Canny posted a new South African Record of 1:00.31, shedding 0.08 seconds from Tayla Lovemore’s 2018 time of 1:00.39.
“Going in, I didn’t expect that time and Rebecca went out hard and I tried to stay with her as long as I could and it was an amazing race.
“When I turned after the breaststroke, we were neck and neck and I sprint the freestyle, so I knew I had the win,” said Canny.
Rebecca Meder (18) finished second behind Aimee Canny in the 100 m individual medley final with the time of 1:00.57 which was a FINA World Championships Qualification time.
She said in spite of all the Covid-19 regulations and protocols that have changed swimming as she knew it, she is just happy to be back in the pool.
The Durban-based Meder applauded Seals’ coach Wayne Riddin for doing an exceptional job in organising the race.
“There’s sanitation stations everywhere and protocols that you have to follow. Only five in the warmup lanes. We make it work.
“I’m definitely having to get used to getting ready over there and then go to my warmup and to my race spot.
“We will get used to it and make it a new normal, so I’m really grateful to Wayne for organising and putting all the regulations and protocols in place.”
“It was definitely a world qualifying time so I’m pretty happy about it. I’m just trying to come back as strong as I can. I gave it my all,” said the ecstatic Meder, who swims at Seagulls under coach Graham Hill.
100m breaststroke – 1:03.89;
200m breaststroke – 2:18.02 (African Record);
50m breaststroke – 30.20 (SA Record)
100m individual medley – 1:00.31 (SA Record)