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The SA National Swimming Championships are in full stride in Gqeberha as SA swimmers compete for Olympic and Paralympic spots. In the heat of all the action, many moments to be proud of have come about—including new national and personal best records and successful qualifying times!


Gqeberha, South Africa (11 April 2024) — As the SA National Swimming Championships in Gqeberha continue to give hopeful swimming talents their shot at local glory and their chances to book Olympic and Paralympics spots, SA swimmers have already made South Africa proud.

After smashing a record at Worlds earlier this year, Erin Gallagher’s 50m buttery heat stood out in the local feat; soaring her into placing a new national record!

With more than enough speed in her tank, Erin successfully outdid herself—cracking a personal best and a time to beat (25.59 seconds) in the process.

But, Gallagher has not been the only swimmer putting her best fins forward.

During last night’s heats, Tatjana Smith (Schoenmaker) celebrated her two best times (200m breaststroke) since the Tokyo Olympics stretch that saw her bring gold home for South Africa!

On Wednesday, Tatjana clocked a time of 2:19:92 before shaving the time down to 2:19:01 in the finals. According to Swimming South Africa, this positions Tatjana as the top in the world right now.

As for Olympic qualifying times, Kaylene Corbett and Pieter Coetzé did fantastically to clock in. For the Paralympic spots, three local swimmers met the qualifying times, namely: Christian Sadie, Nathan Hendricks and Kat Swanepoel.

The SA National Swimming Championships will continue until Saturday, 13 April.

Sources: Swimming South Africa
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