South African swimmer, Olympic hopeful, set to make a splash at UNT – North Texas Daily

Standing at 5 feet, 1 inch with bright blonde hair, Carmen Botha (pronounced boo-eh-tha) is set to be a formidable force on the Mean Green swim team. The South African native learned how to swim from her mother at a very early age and begin competing in the sport at just 7 years old. Botha joined the South African national swim team as a 12-year-old.

“I just did really well there,” Botha said. “For example, my last nationals [in 2017], I placed fourth in one [event] and sixth in the other.” 

In 2016, Botha tried out for the South African Olympic swim team, placing seventh in her event. In order to become an Olympic team member, the athlete must place within the top two race times for any particular swim event. 

After her attempt to make the Olympic team didn’t fare as she had hoped,…

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