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RAFAEL VAN LEEUWARDE

Player profile

Top Times:

100 breast: 54.31

200 breast: 1:59.53

100 free: 45.94

2016-17: 

Placed 15th in the 100 breast with a time of 55.13 at the UGA Invite…also competed in the 100 free (46.75) 200 breast (2:07.51) and 200 IM events (1:51.24).

2015-16: 

Placed 16th in the 100 breast with a time of 56.80 after posting a time of 55.61 at the Georgia Invite…added a 19th place showing in the 200 breast at 2:02.90…was third in the 100 breast and took fifth in the 200 breast against Louisville.

2014-15:

Sat out the season.

Prep:

A native of Suriname, Leeuwaarde is the national record holder in all of the SCM (Short Course – meters) events, posting times of 28.14 (50 breast), 1:02.20 (100 breast) and 2:17.66 (200 breast)… member of New South Swimming…placed 12th in the 100 breast at the 2012 Winter Junior National Championships with a 55.50… was the 2014 North Carolina state champion in the 100 breast. competed at the 2013 FINA World Championships in the 50m and 100m breast.

Personal:

Born Feb. 21, 1994…son of Ine Van Leewaarde and Lucien Van Leeuwaarde…father won the bronze in Judo at the CACSO Games in 1982…was coached by Oscar Braaf and Gordon Touw in Suriname.