Tokyo: Team SA Swimming Team for Tokyo Olympics – UPDATED to include their PBs, World Ranking and added Martin Binedell, Rebecca Meder and Dune Coetzee… and the Coaches

Team SA (8 Women, 7 Men)

  • Tatjana Schoenmaker, Kaylene Corbett, Emma Chelius, Erin Gallagher, Ethan du Preez, Chad le Clos, Pieter Coetze, Bradley Tandy, Michael Houlie, Matthew Sates, Women’s 4x100m medley relay (Mariella Venter, Tatjana Schoenmaker, Erin Gallagher, Aimee Canny) – Total 12.
  • Martin Binedell was added 2nd July 2021 bringing the total number of swimmers in the team to 13.
  • Rebecca Meder and Dune Coetzee were added 4th July 2021 bringing the total to 15.
  • Wayne Riddin: “On Friday (2nd July) we received the exciting news that Martin Binedell received an invite to the Tokyo Olympics in the 200m backstroke. Then today (4th July), it was great news to hear Rebecca Meder received an invite for the 200m IM as well as the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay – so this brought Dune Coetzee into the team as well. Congratulations!” Source

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Final: Aquatics Team (6th July 2021)

Pool Swimming (15)

Men (7): Ethan du Preez, Chad le Clos, Pieter Coetze, Brad Tandy, Michael Houlie, Matt Sates, Martin Binedell
Women (8): Tatjana Schoenmaker, Kaylene Corbett, Emma Chelius, Erin Gallagher, Rebecca Meder, Dune Coetzee, Mariella Venter, Aimee Canny
Coaches (4): Wayne Riddin, Cedric Finch, Rocco Meiring, Chanelle van Wyk

Open Water Swimming (2)

Men (1): Michael Mcglynn
Women (1): Michelle Weber
Coaches (2): Wayne Riddin, Cedric Finch

Diving (2)

Women (2): Julia Vincent, Micaela Bouter
Coach (1): William Sherritt

Artistic Swimming (2)

Women (2): Laura Strugnell, Clarissa Johnston
Coach (1): Vicky Drinkwater


Nonkululeko (Nkuli) Mngadi

Source: Team South Africa

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Events with World Ranking (Top 25 this Year)

Note: Click on Swimmer for their PBs, click on the Event for the current World Top 25. SB = swimmer’s Season Best time, click to see meet and date.

Top 25 LCM Times

Announcement video

Commentary on SwimSwam

Source: SwimSwam


South Africa has revealed its swimming roster for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. A big change from Rio is the fact that 5 years ago South Africa had zero female representation in the pool, whereas this time around there will be six women wearing the national cap.

RSA record holder and 2019 World Championships 200m breaststroke silver medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker heads up the women’s roster, taking on the 100m breaststroke in addition to this longer event. She’ll be joined by fellow breaststoker Kaylene Corbet, along with freestyle sprinter Emma Chelius. Chelius took over fellow-Olympian Erin Gallagher‘s 50m freestyle national record of 24.72 this past April.

Mariella Venter and Aimee Canny have also been named as members of the women’s medley relay. As such, all six women are rookies for these 2020 Olympic Games.

On the men’s side, 2012 Olympic champion Chad Le Clos is among the Tokyo-bound athletes, along with sprinting mainstay Brad Tandy and breaststroking ace Michael Houlie.

Three promising young guns are also members of the men’s roster in 16-year-old Pieter Coetze17-year-old Ethan Du Preez and 17-year-old Matthew Sates.

Backstroker Coetze led off the medley relay at the National Championships in April, producing a huge lifetime best of 53.62 and qualifying for Tokyo in the process. Du Preez also impressed en route to qualification, clocking a near-personal best of 1:56.44. The teen owns a PB of 1:56.16 earlier this year.

Finally, for Sates, the University of Georgia-bound teen owns career-quickest efforts of 51.83 in the 100m fly and 1:57.60 in the 200m IM.

The highest men’s finisher in Rio was Le Clos, who reaped two silver medals, one in the 200m free and one in the 100m fly. Now-retired Cameron Van Der Burgh also medaled, taking silver in the 100m breaststroke behind Great Britain’s Adam Peaty.

Source: SwimSwam

Commentary on SOS – State of Swimming

Source: State of Swimming

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Olympic news…

History – 2016 Rio – SA Aquatics team

  • Marathon swim (2): Michelle Weber, Chad Ho
  • Men (12): Chad le Clos, Jarred Crous, Dylan Bosch, Calvyn Justus, Cameron van der Burgh, Sebastien Rousseau, Michael Meyer, Christopher Reid, Matthew Meyer, Myles Brown, Bradley Tandy, Douglas Erasmus
  • Coaches/Manager (7): Graham Hill, Dean Price, Igor Omeltchenko, Cedric Finch, Alasdair Hatfield, William Sherritt (Diving), Shawn Adriaanse (Manager)


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