Dune Coetzee Outduels Tatjana Schoenmaker in 400 Free at South African Short Course Nationals

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 10: Dune Coetzee during the heats session on day 1 of the SA National Aquatic Championships and Olympic Trials on April 10 , 2016 at the Kings Park Aquatic Center pool in Durban, South Africa. Photo Credit / Anesh Debiky/Swim SA
Dune Coetzee. Photo Courtesy: Anesh Debiky/Swimming South Africa

The South African National Short Course Swimming Championships got underway today at the Seals Swim Centre in Pietermaritzburg with the 400m freestyle events. There was plenty of young talent to showcase their form and top honors of the day in the women’s category went to 18 year old Dune Coetzee, who beat Tatjana Schoenmaker to the gold medal in the 400m freestyle, touching the wall in 4:07.95 to Schoenmaker’s 4:09.33, with the bronze medal in the event going to Aimme Canny in 4:09.90.

“It was a tough race, I tried to save my legs a little bit in the first half and then just go on the last 100m and I think that definitely worked.

“I’m very excited that this is my first SA races and I’m here to enjoy what I am doing and to see where I am at with my training.” said Dune Coetzee following the race.

Matthew Sates was over the moon with his FINA Qualification Time of 3:43.55, when he scooped the gold medal in his respective 400m freestyle race ahead of Dante Nortje in 3:47.97 and Ayrton Sweeney in 3:50.30.

“I’m just trying to race again, and get the feel of what it is like to compete again. You go a lot faster when you are concentrating on the race and I am very happy with this win”, said Sates.

The SA National Short Course Swimming Championships will continue tomorrow with the heats starting at 09h30 and the finals beginning at 15h30.

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FINA World Championships Qualification Times Following Day 01:

  • Matthew Sates – 400m freestyle – 3:43.55

Qualifying times for the 15th FINA World Championships (25m):

Men’s Standard Women’s Standard
21.40 50 m Freestyle 24.60
47.23 100 m Freestyle 53.78
1.44.88 200 m Freestyle 1.55.60
3.44.09 400 m Freestyle 4.06.95
/////////////// 800 m Freestyle 8.35.69
14.49.29 1500 m Freestyle ////////////////
23.79 50 m Backstroke 26.81
51.30 100 m Backstroke 58.08
1.52.66 200 m Backstroke 2.07.19
26.57 50 m Breaststroke 30.69
57.63 100 m Breaststroke 1.06.18
2.06.23 200 m Breaststroke 2.24.30
23.08 50 m Butterfly 26.14
51.35 100 m Butterfly 58.22
1.54.10 200 m Butterfly 2.09.76
53.57 100 m Ind. Medley 1.01.21
1.55.25 200 m Ind. Medley 2.11.51
4.09.19 400 m Ind. Medley 4.37.54

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