Abel (2004) is a Dutch swimmer specialized in IM events. Abel has had many successes in Dutch championships over the years. He is a hard worker and an exceptional student. While maintaining a GPA of 4.0, Abel is working hard to improve every day. He is looking to join a strong academic and athletic college team in the fall of 2022.
Abel started swimming at a young age while living in Hong Kong and attending the Hong Kong International School. Abel is fluent in English. During his high school years Abel lived in the Netherlands. When he was 13, he won his first medal at the Dutch National Championships. Abel is an extremely well-driven athlete and knows how to set goals and to chase them.
Over the years, Abel has won 11 medals at Dutch National championships including:
- 4x Bronze on the 1500 Freestyle
- 1x Silver on the 1500 Freestyle
- 1x Silver on the 400 IM
- 1x Silver on the 200 IM
- 1x Bronze on the 200 IM
His current personal records include:
400 IM SCM: 4.29.53 (2021)
400 IM LCM: 4:42 (2021)
200 IM SCM: 2:06.04 (2021)
200 IM LCM: 2:12 (2021)200 FR SCM: 1:55.72 (2021)
400 FR SCM: 4:01.80 (2021)
400 FR LCM: 4:18 (2021)
After hardly being able to compete last year due to Covid, Abel is more than ever ready to race again. In the past he has improved his PB's consistently and we believe he has much potential to further improve during his college career.
Abel is currently in 12th Grade of the highest level of high school in the Netherlands (VWO) where he follows an exceptionally broad selection of subjects, ranging from classical literature to advanced mathematics. He is expecting to graduate in the spring of 2022. He is interested in studying Aerospace engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical engineering or Applied Physics. Abel recently got is second SAT score back. He improved his score from 1460 to 1540!