SA swimmers shine in Napoli
Tatjana Schoenmaker and Tayla Lovemore bagged their second gold medals, while Michael Houlie posted a new Championship record during the fifth day of the 30th Summer Universiade, taking place at the Scandone Swimming Pool in Napoli, Italy.
Schoenmaker climbed to the top of the medal podium once again, this time in the 200m breaststroke, touching the wall in an impressive 2:22.92 ahead of the USA’s Emily Escobedo in 2:23.65 and Japan’s Kanako Watanabe in 2:24.18. South Africa’s Kaylene Corbett finished the race 4th in 2:24.93.
In the 100m butterfly final, Lovemore sprinted to her second gold medal in 58.74, followed by the USA’s Dakota Luther in 58.82 and Germany’s Lisa Hoepink in 58.87.
There was no stopping Michael Houlie in the 50m breaststroke. The 19-year-old broke Italy’s Andrea Toniato’s 2015 time of 27.06 during the morning heats in 26.98 and bettered that time in the evening semifinals, posting a new Universiade record of 26.82. The final for the event will take place on Tuesday
In the remaining semifinals, Martin Binedell successfully qualified for Tuesday’s final of the 200m backstroke, finishing second in 1:57.65 behind the USA’s Austin Katz in 1:55.57.
In the 100m butterfly morning heats, Eben Vorster finished 27th in 54.58, while Nathania van Niekerk was 25th in the 50m backstroke in 30.10.
Alaric Basson raced in the heats session of the 50m breaststroke and concluded the event in 25th place, clocking 28.37.