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Gideon Louw
Gideon Louw

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
South Africa

High School:
Indian River Community College

Height:
6-5

Event:
Freestyle

Major:
Exercise Science

Six-time All-American
Three-time NCAA Champion (200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR)
Three-time SEC Champion (200 FR, 400 FR, 800 FR)
2008 Olympian (South Africa)

Junior Season (2008-09)
A three-time NCAA champion as a member of the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay and 200 medley relay squads ... Swam the fourth leg of the NCAA record-breaking 200 medley relay that finished in 1:22.36 ... Was the third leg of the 200 free relay that finished in an school record-breaking time of 1:14.08 ... Swam for Auburn in the 400 medley relay in the preliminaries ... Also earned All-America honors in the 50 free, 800 free relay and 100 free ... Finished sixth in the 50 free in 19.06, which ranks sixth all-time at Auburn ... Recorded eighth in the 100 free in 42.37 ... His time of 41.95 in the 100 free preliminaries is fourth all-time ... Swam the second leg for the eighth-place finishing 800 free relay (6:21.86) ... Was a member of three SEC champion relay squads ... Swam the second leg for the NCAA record-breaking 400 free relay that finished in 2:46.03 ... Louw swam leadoff on the 800 free relay that took first in 6:18.15, setting a new school record ... Anchored the SEC champion 200 free relay that finished in 1:15.47 ... Was runner-up in the 100 free (41.97) ... Placed third in the 50 free (19.28) and took 10th in the 200 free.

Prior to Auburn
Represented South Africa at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, in the 50m free... Qualified for the semifinals in the 50m where he swam to a 12th-place finish, posting a time of 21.97... Transfered to Auburn following a two-year stint at Indian River Community College in Ft. Pierce, Fla.... Was a seven-time NJCAA champion in 2008, winning the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay... For his efforts, he was named NJCAA Swimmer of the Year... Was announced as a member of the South Africa Olympic Team on April 24, 2008, after swimming a 22.06 in the 50m free at the South African Swimming Championships.

Personal
Full name is Gideon Abraham Louw... Parents are Abraham and Sandra Louw... Majoring in exercise science... Attended high school at Die Hoerskool Menlopark, graduating in 2005.