South African National Champion Henré Louw Verbally Commits to Georgia

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South African swimmer Henré Louw, a member of 2 World Junior Championship teams, has verbally committed to the University of Georgia. He will join the Bulldogs in the fall of 2021 as a member of their class of 2021.

Louw, who trains with the TUKS club in Pretoria that is one of South Africa’s best, represented South Africa at the 2018 Open Water World Junior Championships in Eliat, Israel and at the 2019 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary. At the World Junior Championships, his high finish individually was 19th place in the 1500 free.

Among his national honors are a bronze medal at the South African Open Water National Championships in both the 5k and 10k events and a South African Championship in short course meters in the 800 free in 2019.

Best Times in Meters:

200 free 1:52.88 1:52.08
400 free 3:55.99 4:03.30
800 free 8:07.57 8:26.58
1500 free 15:38.79 15:49.32

In combination with the hiring of former Georgia All-America and South African Olympian Neil Versfeld as an associate head coach in July, this jump-starts what was once a consistent South African pipeline for Jack Bauerle and his staff. Georgia had 3 South African swimmers represent them at the 2008 Olympic Games: Versfeld, a breaststroker, and distance freestylers Wendy Trott and Troy Prinsloo.

Louw plans to continue focusing on both pool training and open water swimming while at Georgia.

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