Commonwealth Games double gold medallist Tatjana Schoenmaker made a strong start to her 2019 winning the 100m breaststroke at the weekend’s Grand Prix Series in Stellenbosch.
The Tuks swimmer won the race in a time of 1:07.11, just 0.70s slower than the South African record she set at last year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The 21-year-old was equally good in the 200m butterfly posting a time of
2:25.24 during the heats.
Schoenmaker was withdrawn ahead of the final as a precaution for a groin niggle.
Corbett made the step up in the absence of Schoenmaker taking a big chunk off her personal best to win the 200m breaststroke in a time of
She shaved a second and a half off her previous best posting a qualifying time for the World Student Games.
Corbett training under Rocco Meiring and having Schoenmaker as a training partner has breathed new life in her swimming career.
“When we are competing we are definite rivals, but first and foremost we are friends, and that is important to remember.
“I shared some of Tatjana’s triumphs and disappointments first hand being in the pool as it happened.
‘”I was in the final when she won the gold in the 200m breaststroke during the Commonwealth Games. I also shared her disappointment missing out to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. I was second in the same race.”Kaylene Corbett
The South African record holder was one of the top performers at the gala winning gold in the 50m, 100m freestyle (25.40 and 55.19) and the 50m and 100m butterfly events (26.67 and 59.53).
The Youth Olympic silver medalist continued her dominance in the 200m butterfly winning in 2:13.09.
The rising star dominated the medley events racing to victory in both the 200m and 400m events clocking 2:17.07 and 4:50.24 respectively.