Pitt honors its 11 seniors in their final meet at Trees Pool
2012-2013: Placed first in the 100 breast (1:07.42) and second in the 200 breast...Also placed fourth in the 200 IM...part of the first team forthe 200 medley relay against St. Bonaventure...Placed second in three individual events:100 breaststroke (1:05.68), 200 breastroke (2:21.35) and 200 IM (2:09.00) against Virginia...On the road against Cincinnati she placed second in the 200 breast (2:22.24) andthird in the 100 breast (1:05.99)...Against Notre Dame she placed second in the 100 breast and third in the 200 breast...At the Pitt Invitational she had career-bests in the 200 IM (2:04.91), 200 free (1:50.92), 100 breast and 200 breast...At West Virginia, she placed fourth in both the 200 free (1:54.00) and the 200 IM (2:10.31)...Van Der Merwe placed third in the 200 Breastroke as well...At the Western PA Invitational, she placed second in the 200 yard medley relay and the 200 yard freestyle relay...Van Der Merwe swam to second in the 500 yard free as well.
2011 - 2012: Qualified for the 2012 Big East Championship, competing in the 100 and 200 breast...captured third in the 200 free against Cincinnati (Nov. 11)...placed first in the 200 free during the Panthers' regular-season finale at Trees Pool (Feb. 4).
2010 - 2011: Finished seventh overall in the 100 breast at the ECAC Championships...aided the 800 free relay to a fifth-place finish at the Big East Championship...competed in the 200 IM prelims at BEC...qualified for the BEC in the 50 back...touched among the top 5 in the 100 back and 200 breast against West Virginia...helped the 200 medley relay team secure first at the Frank Elm Invite...placed third in the 200 free against Cincinnati...grabbed first place honors in the 200 free against Buffalo.
2009 - 2010: Qualified for her first-ever Big East Championship...won the 100 breast in the St. Bonaventure meet...was the first to the wall in the 200 breast during the Carnegie Mellon and California (Pa.) contest...recorded second-place finishes in the 100 breast against both Cincinnati and Akron.
High School: Helped lead Parel Vallei to four Interschool Swimming Championships...three-time Parel Vallei Swimmer of the Year...five-time full Western Province Swimming Colours...member of Strand Aquatics Club team from 1999-2007...competed for the University of Stellenbasch (Maties) for two seasons...competed for South Africa's Junior National Open Swimming Team in 2007-08...received Parel Vallei's Rose Award for good conduct and courtesy in 2008.
Personal: Born August 3, 1990...daughter of Deon and Christa Van Der Merwe...has a brother, Jannes...a bioengineering major.