Local Swimmer Achieves National Honors
Piranha Aquatics swimmer Rachel Klem has achieved national recognition for her performance in swimming. An 8th grader at Crestview Local Schools, Klem has accomplished some extremely impressive rankings nationally at just 13 years of age.
This past summer she competed at the 2016 Central Zone Mega Zone, where she represented Lake Erie Swimming in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. The qualifiers for this swim meet represent the top 7% of swimmers in the country.
She also had several swims on the Top 10 times for both short course and long course seasons with Lake Erie swimming for 2016-2017. Lake Erie Swimming has over 4,000 swimmers that participate in the northeast Ohio region.
Klem has been swimming since the age of 5, and this is her 8th year with Piranha Aquatics Swimming. She says she first placed in a meet when she was about 9 years old. She enjoys the smaller size of Piranha Aquatics’ swim team.
“You get more individual attention being on a small team,” says Klem.
Her favorite things about being a swimmer are the excellent workout it provides and the opportunity to meet new friends.
No doubt has having a background in swimming helped her succeed in other parts of her life. She has a 3.9 grade point average at Crestview and is on the Honor Roll. She says that swimming has taught her responsibility, like the importance of being on time, and helping her remember to bring the necessary items to school with her. Her favorite subjects are math and science. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and going on vacations.
Klem would like to swim on a collegiate level someday. It remains to be seen what exactly the future holds for this promising young lady, but one thing is fairly certain – it will involve swimming.