DuMez shatters swim marks

Rachel DuMez

Rachel DuMez, a sophomore at Wakefield Country Day School, was named the Outstanding Female Swimmer at the VISAA Division II Swimming Invitational hosted Feb. 5 by Seton School at the Freedom Center.

In her two individual races, DuMez, a Front Royal resident, finished first in both and shattered conference records in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Her 100 butterfly time was 1 minute 1.29 seconds, beating the previous record by 4.71 seconds, a remarkable feat in a one-minute race. Her 100 backstroke time was 1 minute 1.89 seconds, besting the previous record by 1.4 seconds.

DuMez is currently undefeated in all of her races this season. She has attained state qualifying times in the 200 Individual Medley, the 100 butterfly, the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

“Rachel is a gifted swimmer who is ever striving toward excellence,” said Wakefield Athletic Director Mike Costello. “I am not surprised she has performed this well against such a talented pool of swimmers from all over the state. Coach Brad Boelter and the swimmers have dedicated countless hours toward improving their times, and Rachel is a reflection of this work.”

The meet included Delaney Athletic Conference schools and medium- to small-sized schools from all over the state.