South African national and provincial swimming records


Since the first South African swimming championships were held at Port Elizabeth in 1900, the South African Amateur Swimming Union (SAASU) kept a list of national best times set by South Africans and open records set by overseas competitors. Unfortunately most of this information has been lost, although much of it can be found in old newspaper reports, where such achievements were actually reported. 

Records were also kept by provincial associations, and at every other level of the sport, including individual, provincial and national primary and high schools records, age group records and disabled swimming records. In addition, the coloured and black swimming associations also kept their own records. 

Records listed here are published as they are discovered.

South African records

June 2018

EVENT

NAME

TEAM

TIME

DATE

MEET

50 FREE

ERIN
GALLAGHER

RSA

25.03

04/07/18

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA

100 FREE

ERIN
GALLAGHER

RSA

54.23

04/09/18

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA

200 FREE

KARIN
PRINSLOO

RSA

1:57.17

06/07/14

2014 INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF MONTE CARLO 
MONTE CARLO, MONACO

400 FREE

KARIN
PRINSLOO

RSA

4:07.92

01/31/14

2014 BHP BILLITON AQUATIC SUPER SERIES 
PERTH, AUSTRALIA

800 FREE

WENDY
TROTT

RSA

8:25.71

06/14/12

2012 SETTE COLLI ROMA 
ROME, ITALY

1500 FREE

WENDY
TROTT

RSA

16:05.63

07/25/11

2011 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
SHANGHAI, CHINA

50 BACK

CHANELLE
VAN WIK

RSA

28.55

04/16/09

2009 SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

100 BACK

KARIN
PRINSLOO

RSA

1:00.78

06/14/14

2014 GRAN PREMI INTERNACIONAL CIUTAT DE BACRELONA 
BARCELONA, SPAIN

200 BACK

MELISSA
CORFE

RSA

2:10.03

04/03/08

2008 SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

50 BREAST

TATJANA
SCHOENMAKER

RSA

30.82

04/06/18

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA

100 BREAST

TATJANA
SCHOENMAKER

RSA

1:06.41

04/09/18

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA

200 BREAST

TATJANA
SCHOENMAKER

RSA

2:22.02

04/07/18

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA

50 FLY

LIZE-MARI
RETIEF

RSA

26.36

07/08/08

2008 SPEEDO PRESTIGE 
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

100 FLY

LIZE-MARI
RETIEF

RSA

58.20

08/09/09

2008 OLYMPIC GAMES 
BEIJING, CHINA

200 FLY

KATHRYN
MEAKLIM

RSA

2:09.41

08/12/08

2008 OLYMPIC GAMES 
BEIJING, CHINA

200 IM

KATHERYN
MEAKLIM

RSA

2:12.53

12/15/09

2009 SWIM SHOP KZN PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 
SOUTH AFRICA

400 IM

KATHRYN
MEAKLIM

RSA

4:37.11

08/09/08

2008 OLYMPIC GAMES 
BEIJING, CHINA


200
FREE
RELAY

SOUTH AFRICA 
LEHESTA KEMP 
K ROSS 
A PEENS 
VANESSA MOHR

1:45.66

04/10/14

2014 SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONALS 
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

400
FREE
RELAY

SOUTH AFRICA 
TRUDI MAREE 
KARIN PRINSLOO 
LEHESTA KEMP 
ERIN GALLAGHER

3:45.01

02/01/14

AQUATIC SUPER SERIES 
PERTH, AUSTRALIA

800
FREE
RELAY

SOUTH AFRICA 
KARIN PRINSLOO 
MARLIES ROSS 
RENE WARNES 
ERIN GALLAGHER

8:08.12

07/26/14

2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES 
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

400
MEDLEY
RELAY

SOUTH AFRICA 
MELISSA CORFE 
SUZAAN VAN BILJON 
MANDY LOOTS 
LIZE-MARI RETIEF

4:03.62

04/06/08

SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA


EVENT

NAME

TEAM

TIME

DATE

MEET

50 FREE

ROLAND
SCHOEMAN

RSA

21.67

08/16/08

2008 OLYMPIC GAMES 
BEIJING, CHINA

50 FREE

ROLAND
SCHOEMAN

RSA

21.67

08/02/13

2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
BARCELONA, SPAIN

100 FREE

LYNDON
FERNS

RSA

47.79

07/29/09

2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
ROME, ITALY

200 FREE

CHAD
LE CLOS

RSA

1:45.20

08/08/16

2016 RIO OLYMPICS 
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

400 FREE

MYLES
BROWN

RSA

3:45.92

08/06/16

2016 RIO OLYMPICS 
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

800 FREE

HEERDEN
HERMAN

RSA

7:53.97

12/10/10

2010 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
DUBAI, UAE

1500 FREE

HEERDEN
HERMAN

RSA

14:57.88

12/10/10

2010 LEAGUE WP SASKO CHAMPIONSHIPS 
SOUTH AFRICA

50 BACK

GERHARD
ZANDBERG

RSA

24.34

08/02/09

2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
ROME, ITALY

100 BACK

CHRISTOPHER
REID

RSA

53.12

04/11/16

2016 SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

200 BACK

GEORGE
DU RAND

RSA

1:55.75

07/30/09

2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
ROME, ITALY

50 BREAST

CAMERON
VAN DER BURGH

RSA

26.54

07/29/17

2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

100 BREAST

CAMERON
VAN DER BURGH

RSA

58.46

07/29/12

2012 OLYMPIC GAMES 
LONDON, ENGLAND

200 BREAST

NEIL
VERSFELD

RSA

2:09.61

07/30/09

2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
ROME, ITALY

50 FLY

ROLAND
SCHOEMAN

RSA

22.90

07/26/09

2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
ROME, ITALY

100 FLY

CHAD
LE CLOS

RSA

50.56

08/08/15

2015 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
KAZAN, RUSSIA

200 FLY

CHAD
LE CLOS

RSA

1:52.96

07/31/12

2012 OLYMPIC GAMES 
LONDON, ENGLAND

200 IM

DARIAN
TOWNSEND

RSA

1:57.03

04/25/09

2009 FRENCH OPEN 
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE

400 IM

SEBASTIAN
ROUSSEAU

RSA

4:11.11

08/01/13

2013 US OPEN 
IRVINE, CA, USA


RELAY

TEAM

TIME

DATE

MEET

400
FREE
RELAY

SOUTH AFRICA 
LYNDON FERNS 
GRAEME MOORE 
DARIAN TOWNSEND 
ROLAND SCHOEMAN

3:11.93

07/26/09

2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
ROME, ITALY

800
FREE
RELAY

SOUTH AFRICA 
JEAN BASSON 
DARIAN TOWNSEND 
JAN VENTER 
SEBASTIAN ROUSSEAU

7:08.01

07/31/09

2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
ROME, ITALY

400
MEDLEY
RELAY

SOUTH AFRICA 
GEORGE DU RAND 
CAMERON VAN DER BURGH 
LYNDON FERNS 
GRAEME MOORE

3:31.53

08/02/09

2009 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 
ROME, ITALY

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