Tatjana Schoenmaker became South Africa's most successful Universiade swimmer at Piscina Scandone ©Philip Barker

It was a night of double South African gold with victory for Tayla Lovemore in the 100 metres butterfly coming less than an hour after Tatjana Schoenmaker took gold in the 200m breaststroke, making her the most successful South African swimmer in Universiade history.

Schoenmaker, who won two gold medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, is set to to jet to Gwangju in South Korea for the International Swimming Federation World Swimming Championships in a few weeks.

"I just wanted to swim a good time," she said.

"I’m going to the World Championships so I just wanted to see where I am at the moment and I’m in a really good place.

"It's good, I set those records at Commonwealths.

"Those times were really fast so I never thought I’d swim a 2:22 again, that’s why I am super happy."

Schoenmaker won the 100m breaststroke title earlier in the week to go with her 100m breaststroke silver medal from the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei and said she had not planned to peak in Naples.

"It was surprisingly very good compared to what we thought I would be swimming," she said.

"I did not expect to swim these times at all, so going to a World Championships it boosts your confidence a little knowing where you are now.

"Hopefully, I can keep it up and can know if I don’t, I am just there for the experience.

"That’s all I want to get out of it."

Lovemore was emotional on the podium after her victory in the 100m butterfly.

"It wasn’t my best time, it was pretty close but I am really stoked for a good win," she said.

"I knew going into it, a week's worth of racing really takes a number on your body.

"It's very odd for me, I have worked so hard for a very long period of time and have never really felt I’ve seen the results.

"I wasn’t really expecting a lot, I wanted a race, I wanted the competition, coming from that and winning two gold medals in the 50 and the 100, something is paying off and it makes me feel good and it makes me ambitious and ready for next year."

She has been guided by the legendary South African swimmer Penny Heyns, who won Olympic 100m and 200m breaststroke gold at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta 23 years ago.

"Penny Heyns is one of my mentors," said Lovemore.

"She always comes up to me when I am back in South Africa. 

"She followed us to Singapore last year for the World Cups, she always tells me 'don’t worry about it, try your best, just work on the little things.

"All those little words for me put it in perspective, she’s got my back.

"Having her as mentor is insane."

Lovemore’s schedule also includes the World Championships in Gwangju.

Zach Apple completed a hat-trick of gold medals as he won 100m freestyle gold at Piscina Scandone ©Philip Barker
Zach Apple completed a hat-trick of gold medals as he won 100m freestyle gold at Piscina Scandone ©Philip Barker

She added: "I want to race the top of the top, making it the norm. 

"You know if you are racing the top girls.

"I want to sit next to them in the ready room and get on the blocks and give them a run for their money."

Zach Apple completed a hat-trick of gold medals by winning 100m freestyle gold.

Apple led an American one-two in 48.01 as Tate Jackson claimed silver in 48.29.

Felipe de Souza took bronze for Brazil in 48.57.

Apple, who will go to the World Championships next month, said: "That is three events and three golds so far with three more to go.

"Getting through the Olympic trials for America could be harder than the actual Olympics, so I've got to get through that first, hopefully qualify, and then win as many medals as possible."