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Schoenmaker in fine fettle as records tumble Pretoria

by ZwemZa on September 26th, 2020

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 09: during day 2 of the SA National Aquatic Championships at Kings Park Swimming Pool on April 09, 2019 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Tatjana Schoenmaker scorched to a 2:18.20 in the 200m breaststroke on Friday morning at the Northern Tigers Short Course Championships in Pretoria, smashing the national and continental record.

The time for the Tuks Swimming ace, crushed her personal best of 2:18.93 from 2018, and edged under the existing South African and African record of 2:18.73, set by Suzaan van Biljon in 2008, which was set in the peak of the super-suit era.

Schoenmaker, who withdrew from the International Swimming League earlier this week,  was listed among the signees for the 2020 ISL season as a member of Team Iron. Her effort on Friday is a clear indicator of her current form and would have  placed her third in last year’s ISL finale and would have won the European derby.

One of the most accomplished female swimmers in South African history already at age 23, she won silver at the 2019 World Championships in the 200 breaststroke and swept the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 World University Games.

Instead, it stands as yet another reminder of what the 2020 ISL season will lack. The past week has been dominated by headlines of top contenders withdrawing from the league, some for health reasons, others amid cautionary advice from their national federations.

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