Qualifying Times
A cap signed by the swimmers at Nationals/ @chloeoliviersa—Instagram

On the watery road to the Paris Olympics, local swimmers have placed themself in powerful positions thanks to their hard work at Nationals. Among the things to celebrate are those who claimed podium places, nailed Olympic  and Paralympic qualifying times, and even topped global rankings:


Gqeberha, South Africa (15 April 2024) — It was a very good week to be a proud supporter of South Africa’s top swimmers thanks to the spectacular swimming on display at the SA National Swimming Championships in Gqeberha. Not only did many swimmers earn themselves new medals, but several also made the Olympic and Paralympic qualifying times while some even climbed to the top of global rankings!

Dominating podium moments was 19-year-old Pieter Coetzee who claimed five gold wins and outraced South African legends in the process. In terms of record-rockers, Erin Gallagher repeatedly outdid herself, while Para swimmer Kat Swanepoel swam her way to the top of world rankings for her S4 50m backstroke.

As for those who nailed the Olympic qualifying times, all applause for:

  • Tatjana Smith (Schoenmaker)—200m and 100m breaststroke
  • Kaylene Corbett—200m breaststroke
  • Pieter Coetzé—200m backstroke and 100m backstroke
  • Erin Gallagher—100m butterfly
  • Aimee Canny—200m freestyle

The champs who made the Paralympic qualifying times are:

  • Nathan Hendricks—100m backstroke S13, 400m freestyle S13 and 200m IM, SM13
  • Christian Sadie—100m backstroke (S7), 50m butterfly (S7) and 200m IM (SM7)
  • Kat Swanepoel—50m breaststroke (SB3) and 50m breaststroke (S4)
  • Alani Ferreira—100m breaststroke (SB12)
  • Danika Vynck—100m breaststroke (SB13)

Congratulations to all the water warriors!

Sources: Swimming SA
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