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Catching up with Arizona freshman Renny Richmond

December 10, 2013 - Robert Collias
Arguably the best swimmer ever from the MIL — remember the league didn't exist when coach Soichi Sakamoto was doing his thing, creating Olympians, in the Puunene irrigation ditches — Renny Richmond is tearing it up as a freshman at Arizona.

He was an impressive sixth in the 100-yard butterfly at the University of Texas Invitational last week, beating USC's Maclin Davis — it was Davis who broke the national high school 100 fly record that Richmond was chasing as a junior at Seabury Hall.

Richmond's 19.97-second time in the 50 freestyle is currently ranked 38th in the nation, 0.01 seconds behind Davis. His 43.76 in the 100 free ranks 35th in the country. And in his signature event, the 100 butterfly, the one he won four times at the state high school meet, Richmond is currently ranked 22nd with a 47.11 time — his lifetime best in the event is 47.09.

Not bad for a true freshman — the NCAA meet is in March and we will keep track of Richmond all the way though, right here.


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