Commonwealth Games double gold medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker was one of the glittering stars at the recent South African trials for the FINA World Short-Course Championships in China in December.
Schoenmaker brought the championships to an emphatic end on Sunday when she broke Penny Heyns’ 50m breaststroke national record from 1999 during the morning heats when she touched the wall in 30.44 seconds.
She went one better in the final in the afternoon when she clocked 30.39 adding the sprint event title to the 100m and 200m breaststroke gold medals she won earlier in the championships.
While Schoenmaker has qualified for the world short-course championships in all three events she had no plans to race in China due to study commitments.
Cameron van der Burgh
Mister Longevity qualified for his fifth global championships since he made his debut at the Manchester 2008 edition, first meeting the 100m breaststroke mark with a time of 57.63 before adding the 50m breaststroke to his repertoire posting a winning time of 26.47.
Van der Burgh has won a total of six medals — two gold, three silver and bronze — at four previous world championships.
The 19-year-old Gallagher was one of the big winners at the championships qualifying for four events — the 100m freestyle (53.34), 50m butterfly (26.07), 100m IM (1:01.00) and 50m freestyle (24.46).
Gallagher broke the 50m freestyle national record on the final day when she raced to victory in a time of 24.46 after improving her South African mark in the 100m freestyle earlier in the championships.
Chad le Clos
The London 2012 Olympic champion booked his place to his fifth world short-course championships dipping below the qualifying times in the two events he participated in at the trials in Durban.
Le Clos won the 100m freestyle in a time of 46.45 and the 50m butterfly in 22.57 to add his name to the preliminary team list.
The 16-year-old Cape Town schoolgirl is expected to be the youngest member of the team after posting qualifying times in both the 200m and 400m individual medleys. The young talent will be going to her first senior world championships.
World Short-Course qualifiers:
Chad le Clos – 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly
Cameron van der Burgh – 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke
Zane Waddell – 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle
Ryan Coetzee – 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly
Brad Tandy – 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke
Ayrton Sweeney – 200m breaststroke, 400m IM
Douglas Erasmus – 50m freestyle
Tatjana Schoenmaker – 200m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke
Emily Visagie – 200m breaststroke
Erin Gallagher – 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m IM, 50m freestyle
Rebecca Meder – 200m IM, 400m IM