COAST CITIES — The Rancho San Dieguito swim team recently took 43 swimmers to the June Age Group Invite in La Mirada.
The Invite boasted more than a 1,000 swimmers from 59 teams and is known as a highly competitive meet. RSD came away with eighth place, scoring 1,279 points. This was a particular accomplishment, as the team was made up of primarily junior swimmers while most other teams brought senior swimmers.RSD swimmers set 13 new club records and came away with the bulk of the best times in their swims.
Events and winners included:
— Rachel Rhee 11-12 Girls 400-Meter Freestyle, 200-Meter Individual Medley, and 50-Meter Freestyle;
— Girls 7-10 200-Meter Freestyle Relay with Greta Fanta, Hannah Mackenhausen, Cami Collins, and Dannah Golich;
— Boys 11-12 200-Meter Freestyle Relay with Jeremy Berman, Kaito Koyama, Zackary Sommer, and Joshua He;
— Boys 11-12 200-Meter Medley Relay with Zachary Sommer, Joshua He, Kaito Koyama, and Jeremy Berman;
— Greta Fanta, 7-10 Girls 50-Meter Freestyle;
— 11-12 Boys 400-Meter Freestyle Relay with Kaito Koyama, Drew Schmidt, Jeremy Berman, and Joshua He.
— The 400-Meter Freestyle Relay with Kaito Koyama, Drew Schmidt, Jeremy Berman, and Joshua He.
The 400-Meter Freestyle Relay team not only won the event and set a new RSD club record, but broke a San Diego-Imperial record that had stood for 29 years. Their time of 4:16.38 is currently ranked second in the nation. The 11-12 Girls 400 freestyle relay team of Rachel Rhee, Lindsey Rend, Tegan Preston and Leah Coffin is currently ranked fourth in the nation with a time of 4:20.85.