May 4, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash.-- Jadine Louw, a national age-group swimming champion from Welgemoed, South Africa, signed a national letter of intent to swim at Washington State University beginning next fall, Cougar coach Rocco Aceto has announced.
Louw won South African national championships for the 17-18 year old age group last March in the 50, 100, 400, and 800-meter freestyle events. She was also runner up in the 200-meter freestyle and 400-meter individual medley. Her best times would currently rank on WSU's all-time top-10 lists in all six events.
Louw went on to compete in the South African Open Championships, where she earned a bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle and grabbed fourth place in the 200-meter freestyle.
The newest Cougar recruit is currently coached by South African national coach Karoly von Toros, who also guided Sarah Poewe, a finalist in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events at the 2000 Olympic Games.
At WSU, Louw will join fellow South African Taryn Ternent, who is from Edenvale. During her freshman season in 2000-2001, Ternent set a WSU record in the 50 freestyle en route to placing eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships. She also swam on two school-record breaking relay teams and moved into second place on the school's all-time list for both the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
"Jadine adds great strength to our middle-distance events, and gives us depth in the distance and individual medley races," Aceto said. "She is a welcome addition to help carry on the South African tradition of excellence in Cougar swimming."