Kyle Van Niekerk
Kyle  Van Niekerk

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Johannesburg, South Africa

Event:
Sprint Freestyle


11/04/2017

Minnesota Grabs Pair of B1G Victories

Minnesota men’s and women’s swimming and diving team used solid showings in their home pool to pick up a pair of Big Ten conference wins

PRONUNCIATION:



2017-18 Freshman Season: At the Big Ten Championships, swam with the 800 Free Relay that took fifth (6:21.95), placed forty-fourth in the 50-yard free (20.37), tied for twentieth in the 200-yard free (1:37.07), and tied for thirty-fifth in the 100-yard free (44.54) • took second in the 200-yard free (1:38.85) and third in the 100-yard free (45.64) at the Triple Dual vs Northwestern and Purdue • two third place finished in the 200-yard free (1:39.99) and in the 100-yard free (46.02) vs. Denver • finished second in the 200-yard free (1:40.86) and second in the 100-yard free (46.58) against Hawai'i and Drury • placed fifth in the 200-yard free (1:38.90) and eighth in the 100-yard free (45.02) at the Minnesota Invitational • earned sixth place finish in the 200-yard free (1:39.54) at the Quad Dual vs. Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin • finished first in the 200-yard free (1:39.09) and sixth in the 100-yard free (46.00) vs. Iowa • took sixth place in the 100-yard free (46.39) against Florida State. 

High School: 2016 graduate of St. Stithians Boys' College • Competed in 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships for Republic of South Africa • Trained with Waterborn Swimming Club • club coach Peter Williams • holds five South African age group records in 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly. 

Personal: Born March 12, 1998. 

Top Times at Minnesota
Event Time Date
50 free 20.37 2/22/2018
100 free 44.54 2/24/2018
200 free 1:36.80 2/23/2018

 

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