Pieter Pelser
Pieter Pelser
Year: Senior
Hometown: Krugersdorp, South Africa
High School: Grey College
Last College: Back/IM

2004-05 - Junior Season

Named 2004-05 Horizon League Swimmer of the Year as he successfully defended his Horizon League crowns in both the 100 and 200 backstroke races...established a new school record in the 100 back (49.71) at the conference meet while setting the 200 back (1:47.84) record at the Miami Invitational (12/5)...both marks stood as the best times in the league...member of conference champion 400 medley relay team and second-place 200 medley unit...the 200 medley relay team established a new school-record time (1:31.99)...lowered career-best in 200 IM (1:52.49) en route to finishing second in the event at the conference championships...named first team All-Horizon League in the 100 back, 200 back and 400 medley relay as well as collecting second team laurels in the 200 IM.

2003-04 - Sophomore Season

Horizon League Champion in 100 (50.06) and 200 backstroke (1:48.70)...recorded then school records in both the 100 back (50.02) and 200 back (1:48.29)...both marks were also league top times...held the team's second-best time in the 200 IM (1:53.73) and the third-best in the 100 fly (52.52)...finished first or second in 18 of 25 events, with 14 wins...member of the Horizon League champion and record-setting 400 medley relay team...represented South Africa in the 2004 World Cup at Long Island, N.Y.

2002-03 - Freshman Season

Joined the Vikings in January and made an immediate impact by winning the 200 backstroke title at the Horizon League Championships...broke the school record in the 200 back (1:48.62) and posted the team's second fastest time in the 100 back (50.97)...placed 10th in the 200 meter back at the 2003 Mare Nostrum Swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain, representing South Africa.

High School

His team won the Free State High School swimming championships all four years...holds high school records in the 50, 100, and 200 backstrokes...was part of the 2001 Junior National Team that swam against Brazil...competed for Mr. Price Seagulls...represented South Africa at the World Cup in New York, finishing ninth in the 200 back and 14th in the 100 back.


Son of Pierre Assor and Esther Pelser...born March 2, 1984...majoring in sport management.