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50 Years in the Making

With 50 years in the making, Rancho San Miguel (RSM) Swim Club wins the Diablo Club Swim League (DCSL) Championship in 2021. “The atmosphere was absolutely electric,” said Christian Rassmussen, Head Coach of RSM. “This win has been a long time coming — 50 years to be exact.” According to Rasmussen, the last time RSM won the DCSL League was in 1971. 

In addition, RSM also won the Dual Meet against arch-rival, Scottsdale. RSM has not won the coveted title since 1974. 

2021 Rancho San Miguel Swim Team | Photo By Swim Coach

The 2021 season appears to be one for the record books, and Rassmussen credits it to years of building up the competitive swim team. “Many of our swimmers have been with us since they were four years old,” said Rasmussen. “Today, they remain committed and have become excellent competitors, even though many also swim on the Northgate High School team.” 

RSM is one of eight teams that compete in the Diablo Club Swim League, whose mission it is to balance individual skill development with competition, sportsmanship, spirit, and stewardship of swimming. The eight teams in the DCSL are Forest Hills, Rancho San Miguel, Las Trampas, Scottsdale, Livorna, Springwood, Pleasant Hill Aquatics, and Walnut Country. 

RSM says that their success is maintained by keeping a balance of fun and structure. According to Rasmussen, the moment they join the program they learn key swimming techniques as well as team commitment. “We also make it a priority to allow time for fun,” said Rasmussen. “Many of our swimmers have stayed committed to us because of the culture we embrace.” 

 Cara Douglas is an award winning writer, an avid tennis player and sports enthusiast. With three kids of her own who all play a sport, she’s featured athletes for more than 20 years. Cara loves giving back to the community in which she lives and looks forward to meeting the area’s rising stars- at any age or sport! Reach out to Cara at 559.349.8085, or via email at! 

By Cara Douglas, Sports Reporter