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West Florida Lightning Aquatics 16-year-old Carissa Rinard has given her verbal commitment to Auburn, slating her to start with the program in the fall of 2023. Rinard is a high school junior at Seminole High School in Sanford, FL.
“I knew from the second I stepped on campus that Auburn is where I’m meant to be. I’ve always dreamed of being a part of a team that is a family and I found that here at Auburn,” writes Rinard in her Instagram post announcing the commitment.
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Rinard is primarily a butterflier and backstroker, with some middle-distance freestyle speed in her arsenal as well. At last year’s FHSAA 3A state championships, Rinard, a sophomore, took 3rd in the 100 fly (55.56) and 4th in the 100 back (56.42). This past summer, Rinard placed 12th in the 200 fly at the Futures Championships in Huntsville (LCM). SHe also took 14th in the 100 fly, 15th in the 100 back, and 27th in the 200 back.
Here are Carissa Rinard‘s personal bests:
100 fly – 54.51
200 fly – 2:01.80
100 back – 56.06
200 back – 2:04.08
200 free – 1:51.93
100 fly – 1:02.46
200 fly – 2:17.81
100 back – 1:04.90
200 back – 2:19.34
200 free – 2:09.22
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