One of the nation’s most successful club programs, and one of the nation’s best individual training sites, has added another young-gun to its training group in the last week.
14-year old Isabella Rongione, along with her family, has decided to train at the Georgetown Prep site of the Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP) as of this past weekend, and will make her first trip with the team to this coming weekend’s Austin Grand Prix. The move was confirmed by Rongione, her parents, and NCAP CEO Tom Ugast.
Rongione had been training with the FISH swim team in Virginia under coach Ray Benecki.
She is the 11-12 National Age Group Record holder in both the 800 (8:55.43) and 1500 (16:48.12) long course meter freestyles. She turned 14 in mid-September, after most of the long course season, but as a 13-year old she had long course bests of:
- 2:04.60 – 200 free
- 4:15.79 – 400 free
- 8:39.09 – 800 free
- 16:27.23 – 1500 free
- 4:56.13 – 400 IM
Early this season, she’s also put in a 16:12.22 in the 1650 yard free, and was a 4:47.0 in the 500 yard free in December of 2012.
She joins a group that includes some of the country’s biggest name in junior swimming, including the fastest distance swimmer in history Katie Ledecky and another NAG Record breaker Carsten Vissering.
Rongione currently ranks 10th in the all-time 13-14 rankings in the 800 free in long course and 7th in the 1500 free, with a whole summer to chase Becca Mann’s National Age Group Records.