2016 South African Nationals: Day 3 Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along with finals of day three of the 2016 South African Nationals. Hit refresh for all the latest coverage.


  • Men’s 800 Free (Finals)
  • Women’s 1500 Free (Finals)
  • Women’s 200 Free (Semis)
  • Men’s 200 Free (Finals)
  • Men’s 100 Back S15 & S15 Multi-Class
  • Men’s 100 Back S1 & S13 Multi-Class
  • Women’s 100 Back S14 & S15 Mluti-Class
  • Women’s 100 Back S1 & S13 Multi-Class
  • Women’s 100 Back (Finals)
  • Men’s 100 Back (Finals)
  • Women’s 100 Breast (Finals)
  • Men’s 200 Fly (Semis)
  • Women’s 200 IM (Semis)

Men’s 800 Free Finals:

Luke Erwee topped the leaderboard in the men’s 800-meter free, stopping the clock at 8:29.44. Roberto Gomes finished second overall with a time of 8:31.01, while Reuben Schoeman grabbed third with a time of 8:34.52.

Women’s 1500 Free Finals:

Tasmin Tennant outlasted the competition in the women’s 1500-meter free touching first with a time of 17:21.32. Tennant succeeded in dropping 12.92 seconds off her entry time of 17:34.24. Finishing second overall was Charlise Oberholzer with a time of 17:25.21, just ahead of Robyn Kinghorn and her time of 17:30.47.

Women’s 200 Free Semi’s:

Karin Prinsloo maintained her spot at the top of the leaderboard in semis of the 200-meter free. Prinsloo dropped .87 seconds to inch closer to a sub-2-minute 200 by stopping the clock at 2:00.96.

Also dropping time in the evening session was Kristin Bellingan who cut 2.20 seconds from her prelims time of 2:07.18 to finish semis with a 2:04.98. Moving up to third in the event was Caitlin Kat with a final time of 2:05.59.

Men’s 200 Free Finals:

After leading prelims of the men’s 200-meter fly this morning, Chad Le Clos turned up the heat in the men’s 200-meter free touching first in a time of 1:47.75. Le Clos’s time sits just outside of the top 20 world rankings for 2016.

Myles Brown and Marwan Elcamash kept a close race, battling right to the finish for second in the 200. Brown edged Elcamash by .05 seconds to finish with a 1:48.29 and the silver medal. Elcamash settled for bronze and a time of 1:48.34.

LE Clos’ Splits: 24.73, 27.84, 28.26, 26.92–1:47.75

Brown’s Splits: 25.14, 27.45, 28.29, 27.41–1:48.29

Elcamash’s Splits: 25.37, 27.24, 28.20, 27.53–1:48.34

Men’s 100 Back S15 & S15 Multi-Class

After posting the top time in prelims at a 1:12.30, Craig Groenewald (S14) returned in finals to light up the pool. Groenwald scratched 2.80 seconds off his prelims time to finish first with a time of 1:09.50.

Aaron Putz (S14) and Challis Wright (S14) exchanged spots in finals to end up as second and third respectively. Putz mproved upon his third place seed and prelims time of 1:13.52 to finish second with a time of 1:11.39. Wright slipped to third with a 1:11.66, an improvement upon his prelims time of 1:12.92.

Men’s 100 Back S1 & S13 Multi-Class:

This morning’s top three qualifiers in the men’s 100 back S1 & S13 Multi-Class division each maintained their respective spots throughout finals. Hendri Herbst (S11) finished first in finals with a time of 1:16.84, adding slightly to his prelims time of 1:16.67.

Second went to Achmat Hassiem (S10) who stopped the clock with a 1:11.44, while Jean Pretorious (S10) rounded out the top three with a 1:13.57.

Women’s 100 Back S14 & S15 Multi-Class:

Christelle Kriel (S14)notched the top spot in the women’s 100-meter back S14 & S15 Multi-Class division with a final time of 1:16.40. Kriel cut .54 seconds off her prelims time of 1:16.94.

Finishing second overall was Michaela Kretzen (S14) with a time of 1:26.18, while third went to Maritz Snyders (S14, 1:31.36).

Women’s 100 Back S1 & S13 Multi-Class:

Shireen Sapiro (S10) cruised to first in the women’s 100-meter back S1 & S13 Multi-Class division with a time of 1:11.87. Second went to Emily Gray (S9) and her time of 1:17.17, while Alani Ferreira grabbed third with a 1:24.81.

Women’s 100 Back Finals:

Mariella Venter posted the top time in finals of the women’s 100-meter back, stopping the clock at a time of 1:01.32. Venter’s time puts her just outside of the top 20 world rankings for 2016.

Finishing second was Nathania Van Niekerk with a final time of 1:02.41, while Carissa Van Rooyen delivered a time of 1:04.70, good for third.

Men’s 100-Meter Back:

Christopher Reid delivered the top time in the men’s 100-meter back during finals. Reid’s time moves him into the lower echelons of the top 20 world rankings for 2016.

Posting second was Zane Waddell with a time of 56.09, shaving .10 seconds off his seed time of 56.19. Jacques Van Wyk rounded out the top three with a 56.25.

Women’s 100 Breast Finals:

Tatjana Schoenmaker and Kaylene Corbett kept a close race in finals of the women’s 100-meter breaststroke. Schoenmaker ended the race just ahead of Corbett with a 1:09.17 compared to Corbett’s 1:09.66.

Wrapping up the top three was Hanim Abrahams and her time of 1:11.23.

Men’s 200 Fly Semi-Finals:

After clocking a 2:00.22 in prelims of the 200-meter fly, Chad Le Clos delivered a blistering 1:55.61 to maintain his spot atop the leaderboard at the South African National Championships. Le Clos’ time moves him from ninth in the world rankings up to fourth, bettering upon his previous 2016 best of 1:56.27.

Sebastien Rousseau clung to second, stopping the clock at a 1:57.60 . Rousseau succeeded in shaving 3.02 seconds off his prelims time of 2:00.62 to be the only other swimmer under the 2-minute mark.

Rounding out the top three was Eben Vorster with a time of 2:00.03, flirting with a sub-2-minute 200.

Women’s 200 IM Semi-Finals:

Marlies Ross grabbed on to the lead in the women’s 200-meter IM and never looked back during semi-finals. Ross dashed ahead of the competition to finish with a 2:16.17, more than three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Finishing second was Kirsty Mc Lauchlan with a time of 2:19.29, improving upon her prelims time of 2:22.16 by 3.32 seconds.

Gabi Grobler and Rebecca Meder battled for third with the two posting times .15 seconds apart. Grobler got her hand to the wall first to finish third with a 2:21.61 over Meder’s 2:21.77.