Queens (NC) Adds In-State Distance Specialist Amber Rydzewski (2021)

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Raleigh Swimming Association’s Amber Rydzewski has committed to Queens (NC) for this coming fall. Rydzewski is a senior at Middle Creek High School in Apex, N.C.


  • 500 free – 4:57.01
  • 1000 free – 10:11.00
  • 1650 free – 16:58.63
  • 400 IM – 4:31.92

Rydzewski is a distance specialist, with her bests events the 500 free up through the mile. At the 2021 North Carolina HS 4A State Championships, she raced to a fifth-place finish in the 500 free (4:59.90). That was her first time under five minutes in the event, and a week later, she dropped down to a 4:57.39, swimming at the North Carolina Senior Champs in late February. At the Speedo Sectionals – Cary, she dropped once more, landing at a 4:57.01.

Queens had a very deep distance group this past season, getting three women into the 500 free A-final and two into the B-final at the 2021 NCAA D2 Championships. The Queens women just won their seventh-straight Bluegrass Mountain Conference title, too. Rydzewski would’ve been their #4 miler this past season, and her time is fast enough to have placed 11th at NCAAs in the event.

Rydzewski would’ve also been top-five in the 500 and 1650 free events at the 2021 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Champs. She joins Caroline Lawrence and Sarah Brown in Queens’ incoming class.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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