The RHS swim team made a splash this season, posting an undefeated record in league meets while diving into a new water polo program.
In all, the Rubidoux High School boys went 11-0 (8-0 in league) while the girls were 10-1 (8-0 in league). Coach Bryan Kendall said it was the best season to date for the team, which has grown to 45 students.
"We have a lot of new swimmers," he said. "It's exciting."
Also new this season: water polo squads at RHS, with many of the players cross-recruited from the swim team. In fact, Mr. Kendall said, "A lot of the swim team's success stems from water polo, which took a beating this year and lost a lot of games. That made the students want to prove themselves in the pool" by excelling at swim meets.
Swimmers' success also rippled from goal-setting, focus and racing against their own personal records, Mr. Kendall said. It can be grueling to swim laps for hours at a time, so staying trained on goals is critical. "They focused well, and kept working toward their goals. Our motto this year was 'finish strong.'"
In addition to perseverance, the team's regimen taps punctuality, dedication and communication, said Mr. Kendall. He also praised his squad's kindness, sportsmanship and willingness to help others.
The students pushed each other to succeed, Mr. Kendall added. The coaches, meanwhile, pressed students to swim hard, think big – and make a splash. "They get to create their own dreams and create their own life and decide what it is they want to accomplish," said Mr. Kendall. "It's not just in the pool."
RHS will offer a water polo program this summer.
The squad will hold morning practices and evening scrimmages.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Mr. Kendall at (951) 743-9872 or
At a glance: Mountain Valley League
|RHS had both league MVPs this year:||
Boys: Anthony Jimenez||
Girls: Cecilia Ceballos|
|The RHS girls swept every event ...|
first in all events!
First place finishers
4x50 Medley Relay:
|200 Freestyle:||Cecilia Ceballos|
|200 Individual Medley:||Esmeralda Orozco|
|50 yard Freestyle:||Marissa Guzman|
|100 yard Butterfly:||Marisol Serrato|
|100 yard Freestyle||Andrionna Gonzalez|
|500 yard Freestyle:||Cecilia Ceballos|
|4x50 Freestyle Relay:||Cecilia Ceballos
|100 yard Backstroke||Marissa Guzman|
|100 yard Breaststroke||Andrionna Gonzalez|
|4x100 yard Freestyle Relay||Angelica Eriquez
1st place in 6 out of 11 events (at league finals): |
|4x50 Medley Relay||Christian Leyva
|200 Freestyle||Anthony Jimenez|
|50 Free||Kevin Casteneda|
|100 Butterfly||Anthony Jimenez|
|100 Freestyle||Kevin Castenda|
|4x50 Freestyle Relay||Kevin Casteneda