PAC Swimming Team.jpg

MEET OUR TEAM

The Swimmers behind the goggles!!

 
Lara van Niekerk.JPG

LARA VAN NIEKERK

South African Colours - Senior & Junior

Senior National Swimmer - 16

I am a hard working, passionate swimmer. I always thrive to do better. I always try to spread positivity among my team mates as well as to motivate them. I am dedicated to my sport and I know when to focus and when to have fun. For me swimming is not a sport it's a lifestyle!! 


Notable Achievements: 

  • 4th at Junior World Championships, Budapest 2019 (50m Breaststroke)

  • African Senior Champion in the 50, 100 and 200 Breaststroke, Algeria 2018

  • African Junior Champion in the 50 & 100 Breaststroke, Egypt 2017, Tunisia 2019 (& 200 IM)

  • AUSC Region 5 U/20 Champion in the 50 and 100 Breaststroke, Botswana 2018

  • Multiple Junior National Champion in Breaststroke and Fly, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 

  • 50m Breaststroke SA Senior National Champion 2018, Silver 100m breaststroke 2018, 50m breaststroke 2019, bronze 100m breaststroke 2019. 

  • South African Record holder for the Women: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 y old - 50m Breast and the 3rd fastest South African Women ever in the 50m Breast Behind, Tatjana and Penny.

  • NTS Record holder for Woman: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 50m Breast,

  • NTS Record holder for Woman 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 100m Breast. 


Favorites:

Stroke:   Breaststroke

Set :       Sprint sets. 8x50's Max on long rest , for time

Food :   Sushi 

Movie/Series : The Vampire Diaries/ The Originals/ Americas Got Talent 

usa freshman pic .jpeg

TANEAL BAPTISTE

South African Junior Swimmer

Senior National Swimmer - 21

I am a determined, hard-working and very motivated person who loves to train and push myself to my absolute max. I never give up no matter what gets thrown my way and I am driven to achieve my goals and will do anything to achieve them.


Notable Achievements:

  • 1st Place:

    • Fina World Cup Dubai 4x50m mixed freestyle relay  

    • 200m freestyle 1st place at Junior Africa Championships

  • 2 records:

    • SA National record in 4x50m mixed freestyle relay

    • Senior African Record in 4x50m mixed freestyle relay

    • NTS 200m freestyle record

    • NTS 100m backstroke record

  • 3 finals:

    • Fina World Cup 200,400 freestyle

    • Fina world cup 50 free and fly

    • Junior African Championships 50,100,200 free and 50,100 fly

  • Medals:

    • 100,200m freestyle gold at Junior Africa Championships

    • 50m freestyle silver at Junior Africa Championships

    • 100m fly bronze at Junior Africa Championships

    • 100fly,200free bronze at SA Short Course


Favorites:

Stroke: Freestyle

Set: Any sort of Sprint set

Food: Raspberries

Movie/Series:  Gilmore girls/The Blindside/Field of Dreams

Elijah%20Dredge_edited.jpg

ELIJAH DREDGE

South African Junior Swimmer

Senior National Swimmer - 14

I`m a guy who is deeply involved with the swimming sport. I’m a very motivated guy who has dreams of becoming a pro as well as going to an American university to pursue my swimming career. I think that I’m a dedicated boy and have hopes of going very far. 


Notable achievements:

  • 2019 Junior African games (Tunisia), represented Team South Africa

  • 2017-2019 Jnr nationals as well as a gold medal winner.

  • 2018 Italy trip as well as junior victor ludorum including the under 12 boys 100 free record.

  • 2018 SA Jnr National best under 13 NTS swimmer.

  • Youth qualifying time in 100 back (2019/2020).


Favourites:

Stroke: Fly

Set:  The classic Saturday set.

Food: Pasta

Movie/series: Shakespeare and      Hathaway

Deborah Dredge.png

DEBORAH KAYLEY DREDGE

South African Lifesaver

Senior National Swimmer - 17

My name is Deborah Dredge, I have been swimming for the majority of my life, but I began competing around grade 1-2. To describe how I think of swimming is hard….I would say it’s a ‘launching pad’ in that swimming has not only ‘launched' so many friendships I have today and ‘launched' my main sports career- Lifesaving – but it has also thrown me into innumerous situations where I had to adapt and learn more about myself and life. I have been able to grow both mentally and physically in this sport and I hope that others can experience that within the sport and more importantly this club, PAC.


Notable Achievements:

  • Part of the South African Lifesaving team at two Commonwealth Festivals (SA and UK), Orange Cup in Netherlands and Spanish Cup in Torrevieja.

  • Gauteng and South African records in my Lifesaving age groups.

  • Finalist at SA Short Course 2019, Medal achieved at NTS Championships 2019.


Favourites:

Stroke: Freestyle

Set: Distance set

Food: Pasta

Movie/series: Prodigal Son