Tatjana Schoenmaker clocked her third SA record of the national short-course championships in Pietermaritzburg on Monday‚ winning the 200m breaststroke in 2 min 18.02 sec.
She and Tuks teammate Kaylene Corbett produced the two standout swims of the day‚ both going inside the world championship qualifying time in the heats and the final.
Schoenmaker looked laboured in the morning as she clocked 2:19.69‚ but she quickened in the afternoon to take 0.18 sec off her own national mark.
“I think I was a little tired in the morning with all the racing here. I think I was trying a bit too much after my good 100m swim yesterday.
“I was expecting to go under 2:18‚ but I was still able to bring it back this afternoon and improve my best so I’m happy with that,” said Schoenmaker‚ who also won the 50m breaststroke.
Corbett went 2:23.82 in the morning and then 2:22.43. “I’m very happy‚ that’s a personal best,” she said. “Finally some improvement‚ a small improvement.”