Star’s Boys Swimmers of the Year: Nick Vallejo

NICK VALLEJORio Mesa 100 BUTTERFLY, 100 FREESTYLE The 6-foot-1, 160-pound senior set a school record of 46.78 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, breaking Roland Zschiegner’s 47.23 mark from 1987. Vallejo was seventh in the 100 butterfly in Division 2 with a 52.04. Vallejo was a Pacific View League champion in his two races. He will […]

Rio swimmers keep pace

Rio Mesa High School Logo.

The Spartans still rule the pool. Rio Mesa High’s boys’ swim team broke three school records in relays this year—the 200-yard freestyle, 200 medley and 400 freestyle. All three relay teams enjoyed top-10 finishes at the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend while propelling Rio Mesa to seventh place in the […]

Rio Mesa sweeps titles at Pacific View swim finals

The Pacific View League championship trophies sat on a table under the scorer’s tent at the Rio Mesa Aquatic Center just waiting to be won.In the end, the trophies were already at home. The Rio Mesa boys and girls swim teams comfortably won titles at the Pacific View League meet Thursday afternoon. The Rio Mesa […]

Rio Mesa’s league dominance dates back to Clinton presidency

The Spartans have ruled the Pacific View League longer than the Roman Empire reign.All roads lead to Rome, but to rule the pool, one must go through Rio Mesa High boys’ swim team. Since the formation of the Pacific View, Rio Mesa has never lost a league meet. When the Spartans’ streak of 78 straight […]

Vallejo breaks two PVL swim meet records

Nick Vallejo, headshot.

Nick Vallejo spent most of the race thinking about what he was doing wrong. He didn’t think he was performing his stroke correctly and he thought he messed up his turn. But once he touched the wall, the Rio Mesa High junior glanced at the scoreboard and realized he did a lot of things right. […]

Rio Mesa’s Vallejo takes a run at the past

Hunter Virant, headshot.

Rio Mesa High swimmer Nick Vallejo is focused not only on the present, but on the past. He’s so fast, he is chasing the school record in the 100-yard freestyle that has stood since 1985. Roland Zschiegner turned a 47.23 second effort, one of the oldest school records. Vallejo. a junior, turned in a 48.7 […]