During the annual Virginia Swimming awards banquet held Oct. 4 in Richmond, Remedy Rule was named the female swimmer of the year in the 11/12-year-old age group.
Rule had an outstanding year highlighted by breaking five Virginia state swimming records, a few of which were formerly held by Katie Hoff (Olympian and former world record holder) and one by Olympian Whitney Hedgepath that had stood for 26 years. She also anchored the SMAC 400 free relay team comprised of teammates Jessie Arnold, Olivia Heeb and Norah Hunt, which placed first in the long course state championship meet and broke the Virginia state record. She placed first in all eight of her races in the short course state championship meet in March and repeated the feat in the long course state championship meet in August. In the Eastern Zone Allstar Championship Swim Meet (comprised of the top swimmers in the Northeast) she placed first in two events in the short course meet and first in three events in the long course meet. She broke numerous SMAC team records that had stood for years.
This is the second year in a row in which a SMAC swimmer has been named the Virginia swimmer of the year. Last year Max Tempkin of Crozet was the winner in the boys 10-and-under age group.
Rule has been swimming on the SMAC swim team since she was 9 years old. When she is not at the pool she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Rule is in the 7th grade at Henley Middle School.