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Roland Schoeman
Roland Schoeman

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pretoria, South Africa

High School:
Willowridge HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 180

Event:
Sprint Free/Fly

Birthdate:
07/03/1980

Personal Bests 50y freestyle......19.07 100y freestyle....42.56 100y butterfly....46.53

YEAR-BY-YEAR (2001): Competed in the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan... Swam the 50m free in which he captured the bronze with the time of 22.18... In the 50m fly, he placed fourth at 23.68, breaking an African record... Broke a second African record in the 100m fly with the time of 53.64... Double silver medalist at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia... Represented world all-star swim team which placed second to Australia and ahead of America (third).

JUNIOR (2000-01): Earned five first team All-America honors at the 2001 NCAA Championships in the 50y free, the 100y free, the 100y fly, the 200y free relay and the 400y free relay... An honorable mention All-America selection in the 200y and 400y medley relays... Placed second in the 100y free at 42.58... Finished third in the 50y free (19.29) and the 100y fly ( 46.53)... The 400y free relay team finished in third place at 2:53.17 and the 200y free relay team placed fifth with the time of 1:18.04... He swam the second leg in both the 200y and 400y medley relays... The 200y medley relay team came in 10th place in the consolation finals (1:28.16) and the 400y medley relay team came in 13th place in the consolation finals (3:16.84)... At the 2001 Pac-10 Championships he placed second in the 100y fly with the time of 47.51... In the 50y free he finished third at 19.58... In his last individual event, the 100y free, he placed eighth, touching the wall at 44.28... In the 200y free and the 200y medley relays he participated in he finished in third place, the 200y free relay (1:19.18) and the 200y medley relay (1:28.57)... In the 400y medley relay the team placed fifth (3:14.90)... At the Texas Invitational took home first place in both the 100y fly (47.16) and the 50y free (19.48).

SOPHOMORE (1999-2000): At the 1999 Texas Invitational set the NCAA record in the 50y free with the time of 19:07... Set the World Record in the 50 free short-course meters during trials at the 2000 NCAA Championships with a time of 21:31... Earned seven first-team All-America honors at the 2000 NCAA Championships in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle relay, 400m freestyle relay, 200m medley relay and the 400m medley relay... Placed second in the 50m freestyle (21.22), the 100m freestyle (47.51) and the 200m medley relay (1:35.87), third in the 100m butterfly (52.14), the 200m freestyle relay (1:26.74) and the 400m freestyle relay (3:13.18) and seventh in the 400m medley relay (3:35.48)... At the 2000 Pacific-10 Championships, finished third in the 100y butterfly (48.01), third in the 100y freestyle (43.44) and fourth in the 50y freestyle (19.68).. Presently holds the Arizona school record in the 50m freestyle (21.22), the 100m freestyle (47.51) and the 100m butterfly (52.14)... A member of the four record-breaking Arizona relay teams, the 200m medley relay (1:35.87), the 400m medley relay (3:33.61), the 200m freestyle relay (1:26.86) and the 400m freestyle relay (3:13.18)... Competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and represented South Africa.

FRESHMAN (1998-99): Burst onto the collegiate swimming scene with a bang, as he earned All-America honors in six separate events, the best for a Wildcat swimmer that season... Set school records in every event that he competed (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay)… Part of six of the nine school records that were set at the 1999 NCAA Championships, (two individual and four relay)… Finished second overall in the finals of the 100 free in a time of 42.88… Time was a school record, eclipsing Seth Pepper's 1993 mark of 43.39… Also finished third in the finals of the 50 free (19.49), setting a school record, bettering Mike McQuitty's 1993 mark of 19.67… Swam the lead-off leg of the 200 free relay that finished fourth in a time of 1:18.36… Also swam lead off for the third-place 400 free relay squad that finished with a time of 2:53.87… Swam the third leg (butterfly) for the 200 medley relay team (third-place - 1:26.52)… Final All-America nod came as he swam the third leg (butterfly) for the 400-medley relay squad that finished sixth in a time of 3:12.04… At the 1999 Pac-10 Championships finished third in the finals of the 100 free (43.56), fourth in the 50 free (19.96) and sixth in the finals of the 100 fly (48.44)… Clocked the top Arizona times of the year in the 50 free (19.49), 100 free (42.88) and 100 fly (47.65)… At the 1999 Senior Nationals in Minneapolis, Minn., Schoeman registered the fastest 50-meter free time in the world during 1999 and the fourth-fastest mark in history, with a time of 22.04… Also at nationals, clocked a time of 49.98 in the 100m free and 55.01 in the 100m fly.

YEAR-BY-YEAR (1998): At the 1998 South African Senior Nationals, finished third in the 50 free (22.04) and also claimed the bronze in the 100 free, finishing in a time of 51.61… At 1998 South African Short Course Nationals, placed second in the 50 free (22.50), 100 free (49.04) and 100 fly (54.83)… At the 1998 Commonwealth Games, placed sixth in the 50 free (23.11), sixth in the 100 free (50.30) and 10th in the 100 fly (56.72)… At the 1998 All-Africa Swimming Championships, won the title in the 50 free (23.03) and placed second in both the 100 free (52.01) and the 100 fly (57.02)...1997: At the South African Senior Nationals, placed seventh in the 50m free (24.41)… At the 1997 South African Short Course Nationals, finished first in the 100 free (50.69) and second in the 50 free (23.41)… At the 1997 Taiwan Age Group Championships finished first in the 50 free (24.00) and also claimed first place in the 100 free (53.75).

HIGH SCHOOL: Swam for Coach Gavin Ross at Willowridge High School in Pretoria, South Africa… Team captain for high school during 1997 and 1998 seasons… Set the South African long course records in the 50m free (22.04), 100m free (49.98) and the 50m fly (24.81)… Holds the African continental records (long course) in the 50m free (22.04), 100m free (49.98) and the 50m fly (24.81)… Holds the Commonwealth Games record in the 50m free, (long course) with a time of 22.04… Holds the South African and African records (short course) in the 50m free (22.50) and 100m free (49.04)… At the 1997 South African high school championships, finished first in the 50m free and placed second in the 100m free… At the 1998 state championships, placed first in the 50m free (23.65), first in the 100m free (54.41), and first in the 100m fly (59.59)… At the 1998 South African high school championships, finished first in the 50m free (23.65), first in the 100m free (55.21) and first in the 50m butterfly (25.61)… Owner of state records in the 50m free (22.04), 100m free (49.98), 50m fly (24.81) and 100m fly (55.01)… Holds the South African age group records in the 15-16 year olds (50m free, 22.50; 100m free, 53.75; and 50m fly, 26.00) and 17-18 year olds (50m free, 23.03; 100m free, 50.30; 50m fly, 25.65; and 100 fly, 56.45)... Won a poetry competition in high school.

PERSONAL: Roland Mark Schoeman… Born 07/03/80 in Pretoria, South Africa… Currently pursuing a double major in psychology and economics at UA, with aspirations of becoming a sports psychologist…... Son of Geraldine and the late Roland Schoeman… Mother is an environmental psychologist, and father was a doctor… Mother is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, and father is a graduate of the University of Witwatersand… Sister competes in high school horseback riding… Participated in theatre during high school… Voted outstanding sportsman of his high school… Voted South Africa's most improved swimmer in 1997-98… Interests include meditation, Qi-gong, football, college basketball and gardening... A firm believer in Asian medicine and theories.

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