Teenage sensation Lara van Niekerk is excited to be included in Team South Africa’s squad to represent the country at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary from 18 June to 3 July 2022.
Van Niekerk recently made headlines when she beat Olympic 100m breaststroke silver medallist Tatjana Schoenmaker to the national title at the SA Swimming Championships event in April, swimming to the fourth fastest time in the world this year.
At the event, the 18-year-old will compete in both the 50 and 100m breaststroke.
“Of course, I am so happy to make the team to compete in Budapest, especially since this will be my first World Championships and I have always dreamt about racing the best in the world,” explained van Niekerk.
“The past few months have given me a lot of confidence going into races, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. At Worlds I just want to focus on executing my race plan as best I can, and enjoying the whole experience.”
Also announced by Swimming South Africa were the teams to represent the country in open water swimming, diving, artistic swimming and water polo.
Team South Africa FINA World Championships Squad:
Aimee Canny (200m freestyle)
Emma Chelius (50, 100m freestyle)
Dune Coetzee (200 butterfly, 200, 400m freestyle)
Kaylene Corbett (200m breaststroke)
Erin Gallagher (100 freestyle)
Stephanie Houtman (1500m freestyle)
Rebecca Meder (100m back, 200 & 400 IM)
Olivia Nel (50m backstroke)
Michaela Pulford (800m freestyle)
Tatjana Schoenmaker (50, 100, 200m breaststroke)
Lara van Niekerk (50, 100m breaststroke)
Inge Weidemann (50m butterfly)
Open Water Swimming:
Amica de Jager (5km, 10km)
Catherine van Rensburg (5km, 10km)
Grace Brammer (Synchro 3m)
Cydney Liebenberg (1m)
Kerry-Leigh Morrison (Synchro 3m)
Julia Vincent (1m, 3m)
Tayla-Jade van Huyssteen
Photo 1 Caption: Teenage sensation Lara van Niekerk is excited to be included in Team South Africa’s squad to represent the country at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary from 18 June to 3 July 2022. Photo: Swimming SA