Charlotte Christian School sophomore twin sisters Rachel and Sarah Redmond are ahead of the pace when it comes to swimming. The 16 year old daughters of Phil and Nell Redmond are two of the top swimmers in the area and are always looking to improve. Both girls began to swim competitively in third grade and are now involved in swimming for Charlotte Christian and with their club team at SwiMMac. With a strong dedication to athletic and academic performance these young ladies will continue to find success. Let’s take a look at both girls, side by side and learn more.

What events do you swim?
(Rachel) “I swim the 100 fly, the 500 free, and the 200 medley and 200 free relays.”
(Sarah) “100 back, 200 IM, 500 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.”

What are your best times in your best events?
(Rachel) “My best 100 fly time is a 59.89 seconds. My best 500 free time is 5:27.”
(Sarah) “1:03 on the 100 back, 2:24 in the 200 IM, and 5:46 in the 500 free.”

What are your top three athletic accomplishments?
(Rachel) “My top three accomplishments would have to be getting third at states in my 500 free, breaking 1:00 in my 100 fly at a club competition, and celebrating with my relay team after breaking a school record.”

(Sarah) “My top three athletic accomplishments would be breaking the 400 free relay record, racing my sister at states in the 500 free, and getting 3rd in the 200 back at the end of season meet when I was 15.”

What is your most favorite memory swimming?
(Rachel) “I’ve had many great memories made with many great coaches on both CCS and MAC. However, some of my greatest memories happened under Coach Brian Cattaneo. I firmly believe that if I hadn’t been on his team, I would’ve quit swimming by now. He helped create a strong work ethic in me, but at the same time, helped me love swimming even more. Even though I had him when I was 13 years old, I still know that I could go to him today with any problem and he would welcome me with open arms.”

(Sarah) “My favorite memory is my Charlotte Christian coach, Brian Coffey, helping me float on my back when I was six years old. I couldn’t float for so long, and he helped me learn how to not only float but also to swim laps.”

How well do you perform in the classroom?
(Rachel) “I am in honors and AP classes. I am a member of the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz band, and I am in music honor society.”
(Sarah) “I take all honors classes and four Advanced Placement classes.”

Are you involved in any community service projects?
(Rachel) “I am a part of the SwimMAC leadership team, and my youth group and I go work on houses for a week each summer as a part of the “World Changers” organization. Last year, I went to my school with the March for Life in Washington D.C.”

(Sarah) “I go with my church youth group on a mission trip every summer through World Changers ministries. I am also a member of the SwimMAC Leadership team. We do various community service activities.”

Rachel added her thoughts on how much fun she has with her school swim team. “The Charlotte Christian swim team is more than a swim team to me. They are my best friends, and the memories I have made with my teammates are some of my favorite! Whether it’s cheering each other on during a meet, or goofing around while celebrating afterward, we always have the best times. My Coach Brian Coffey always motivates us to get things done, but makes sure we have a good time doing so. Basically, all of the Charlotte Christian team deserves recognition. They are some of my best friends.”

The South Charlotte Sports Report salutes both of these outstanding Student-athletes. Rachel and Sarah are leaders in the classroom and in the pool. We wish them the very best as the complete their last 18 months of high school and continue forward to college.