Tatjana Schoenmaker

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Tatjana Schoenmaker is a competitive swimmer who represents South Africa internationally.

National/International Competition

2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, Australia)

In what could be considered a breakout meet, Schoenmaker won the 100 breast (1:06.41) and 200 breast (2:22.02) titles at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, setting African records in both events.

2019 World University Games (Napoli, Italy)

Schoenmaker was a double champion at the World University Games in July 2019, winning the 100 breast (1:06.42), after setting the South African national record (1:06.32) in the semifinals, and 200 breast (2:22.92).

2019 World Championships (Gwangju, South Korea)

Schoenmaker bested her own African record in the 200 breast in the event semifinals at the World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, on July 25. She was second in the semis behind defending champion Yuliya Efimova, clocking a 2:21.79.

Schoenmaker touched for 2nd in the final heat, earning her first world championship medal, a silver, in a time of 2:22.52.

2019 Swammy Awards

For her silver medal at the world champs, Schoenmaker earned the African Female Swimmer of the Year Swammy Award.

2020 Record Assault

Despite a year full of lockdowns and cancellations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Schoenmaker managed to lower 4 out of 6 South African records in the women’s breaststroke events, 3/6 of which were also African records. At the 2020 South African Short Course Championships in October, Schoenmaker went 3/3 in African records, recording pb’s of 30.2, 1:03.89, and 2:18.02. Her times in the 100 and 200 also came as African records.

In December, Schoenmaker kept the momentum rolling at the NTS Championships, breaking the African record in the 50 LCM breast with a time of 30.52.

2020 Swammy Awards

For her performances in the pool, Schoenmaker earned her 3rd consecutive Swammy award for African Female Swimmer of the Year.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Silver 200 Breast 2019 World Championships
Gold 100 Breast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Gold 200 Breast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 50 Breast 30.52 12/15/20 2020 NTS Championships
Pretoria, South Africa
lcm 100 Breast 1:06.32 07/05/19 World University Games
Napoli, Italy
lcm 200 Breast 2:21.79 07/25/19 2019 World Championships
Gwangju, South Korea
scm 500 Breast 30.20 10/26/20 2020 South African Short Course Champs
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
scm 100 Breast 1:03.89 10/25/20 2020 South African Short Course Champs
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
scm 200 Breast 2:18.02 10/26/20 2020 South African Short Course Champs
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa