It was ladies night at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre in Durban where three women posted FINA World Long-Course Championships qualifying times on Tuesday evening.
Commonwealth Games 100-200m breaststroke gold medallist Tatjana Schoenmaker led the charge with training partner Kaylene Corbett and Nathania van Niekerk adding to the sparkle.
Schoenmaker and Corbett set the pace early on in the day where they posted qualifying times in the 200m breaststroke clocking 2:24.11 and 2:24.59 respectively.
They made it official during the evening’s final with Schoenmaker touching first in a time of 2:24.44 with Corbett following behind her in 2:25.62.
The evening went from good to better with Van Niekerk booking her place for the global showpiece in the 200m backstroke.
She had no trouble meeting the qualifying mark of 2.11:53 racing home in a time of 2:11.37.
The trio joined Erin Gallagher, who was the first female at the championships to qualify for this year’s global showpiece in Gwangju, South Korea.
Gallagher qualified in the 100m freestyle the night before and set a new national record in the 50m butterfly on Tuesday posting a time of 26.30.
Rio Olympian Christopher Reid was the second male swimmer to qualify for the world championships after Chad le Clos booked his place on Monday.
Reid raced to victory in the 200m backstroke in a qualifying time of 1:57.11 and will be representing the country at a major event for the first time since Rio 2016.
FINA World Long-Course Championships Qualifiers:
Chad le Clos – 200m butterfly
Christopher Reid – 200m backstroke
Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke
Kaylene Corbett – 200m breaststroke
Nathania van Niekerk – 200m backstroke
Erin Gallagher – 100m freestyle