Lara van Niekerk continues to play medals for South African women in the pool.

After Tatiana Schoenmaker ended a protracted drought with an explosive breakthrough a few years ago, raising her hand as South Africa’s first world-class swimmer in two decades, it was unclear whether she was a one-time anomaly. But any fears that pool medals would run out when Schoenmaker retired were allayed by the country’s latest swimming sensation, 19-year-old Lara van Niekerk. ALSO READ: A Closer Look at South Africa’s Latest Swimming Sensation At the turn of the century, South African women made a real impact, led by two-time Olympic champion breaststroke swimmer Penny Haynes. Haynes once called it…