Our Retro Orange Panther of the Week is swimmer Owen Rasinske. Last winter, Rasinske qualified for the 3A State Championships in four different events. He teamed with classmate Matthew Geib, junior Ian Moore and sophomore Evan Phillips to finish 10th in the state in the 400 yard freestyle relay in 3:27.40. Like nearly everything else, the state swimming championships were impacted by the pandemic this year. Instead of the intensity of competing against eight other swimmers in opposing lanes, Rasinske and his teammates competed against the clock in timed finals. He joined Moore, Phillips and Geib to finish 10th in the 200 yard medley relay at 1:42.56. That group finished 5th in the Central Regional Championships. Individually, Rasinske finished 10th in the state in the 50 yard freestyle at 22.31 seconds. He also finished 10th in the state in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 49.03 seconds. In the Central Regional Championships, Rasinske finished 2nd in the 50 yard freestyle and 3rd in the 100 yard freestyle. Rasinske graduated from Orange in June and is set to take a gap year. For now, he continues to train with his club team at the Orange County Sportsplex.

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