2011-12: WSU Male Athlete of the Year...Horizon League Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of the Meet...won all but three races...set new WSU and Horizon League records in 50 free (20.00) and new WSU marks in 100 and 200 free (43.56 and 1:36.66)...part of the 800 free relay that set new WSU and Horizon League records (6:34.51)..team's third best 500 free time of 4:40.32...twice named Horizon League Swimmer of the Week (10/25 and 1/31)...SAAC Athlete of the Month for November.
2010-11: Horizon League Swimminer of the Meet...team MVP...set new school and Horizon League record in 500 free (2/24) 20.07...new school record in 100 free (2/26) 43.88...new school record in 200 free (2/25) 1:37.07...team's third best time in 500 free (12/4) 4:46.06...part of relay teams--200 free relay (2/23) 1:21.50; school record 400 free relay (2/26) 2:58.31; 800 free relay (2/25) 6:39.80 and 400 medley relay (2/24) 3:20.88.
2009-10: Recipient of the Horizon League Swimmer of the Week three different times for frequently placing 1st in all areas...competed in the Horizon League Championships, placing 2nd in the 100 yard freestyle, 1st in the 200 yard freestyle, 4th in the 50 yard freestyle and 1st in the 800 yard freestyle relay...also swam the 100 yard butterfly, 200 yard freestyle relay, 200 yard individual medley, 200 yard medley relay, 400 yard freestyle relay and 400 yard medley relay throughout the year.
2008-09: Competed in three individual events and three relay events at the Horizon League Championships...helped team to league title in the 800-yard freestyle relay...also aided team to second place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay...placed third in the 200-yard freestyle, fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle...recorded team record times in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle medley, 400-yard freestyle medley, and 800-yard freestyle medley...also recorded top times in 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard medley relay, and 400-yard medley relay.
Prep: Lettered all four years for Noordheiwel...competed in the 50, 100 and 200 Freestyle events...swam the 50 Backstroke as well as the 200 and 400 Individual Medleys...was named the team captain during his final season....also was a member of the sharp shooting team.
Personal: Born Hermanus van Niekerk Botha on August 9, 1989...the son of Hermanus and Kathe...has one sister, Marolize.