Gallagher Becomes First-Ever Sub-25 Second South African Female 50 Freestyler


  • Wednesday, August 21 – Saturday, August 24th (pool swimming)
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • LCM
  • Schedule/Results

While competing on the final night of action in Morocco, South Africa’s Erin Gallagher accomplished a historic feat en route to gold in the women’s 50m freestyle.

After registering a time of 25.55 to ease herself into the 2019 African Games final, the 20-year-old busted out the fastest time of her career, hitting the wall in 24.95. That was enough to nab the gold, but also clock the first sub-25 second time ever for a South African female.

Gallagher had previously held the South African National Record in this women’s 50m free in the time of 25.03 she produced at last year’s Commonwealth Games. There on the Gold Coast, Gallagher finished in 5th place.

Gallagher followed up with an appearance at this year’s World Championships in Gwangju, although the national champion found herself in 27th place after having notched a morning swim of 25.48.

Tonight in Casablanca, however, Gallagher was on a mission, firing off the first sub-25 second time of her career to hit 24.95. This performance comes after she already hit a new 50m fly South African National Record just 2 days ago in 26.24.

Gallagher owns South African National Records across the LCM 50m/100m free and 50m/100m fly.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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