SAN DIEGO STATE 2016-17
Competed primarily in the 200 butterfly and the individual medley events … Garnered all-Mountain West accolades in the 400 individual medley and 200 butterfly … Placed eighth in the 400 individual medley with a season-best time of 4:20.81 … Was fifth in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 2:01.19, also a personal season-best time … Other top season times included 2:04.27 in the 200 individual medley and 2:02.77 in the 200 backstroke … Turned in one first-place, two second-place and one third-place finishes in dual meet races during the season.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2015-16
Was named all-Mountain West in three events: 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley ... Placed second in the 200 butterfly at the conference championship meet with as time of 1:59.41, the third-fastest time in program history ... Was also runner-up in the 400 individual medley in 4:13.96, also the third-best mark in program history in that event ... Placed seventh in the 200 backstroke at the MW Championships with a time of 1:57.82 ... Went a season-best 2:03.68 in the 200 individual medley at the Art Adamson Invitational in college station, Texas (Nov. 19), eight-best time in program history ... Her time of 2:02.14 in the 200 butterfly during the home double dual meet vs. New Mexico and Washington State (Nov. 7) ranks as the third-fastest time at the Aztec Aquaplex ... Also recorded the ninth-best times for the facility in the 200 backstroke (2:02.14) and 20 individual medley (2:05.78) at that same meet ... Turned in seven first-place, five second-place and four third-place finishes in races during the season.
A four-year swimming letterwinner at Peoria Notre Dame High School in Peoria, Ill. ... Coached there by Derek Amerman ... Was named the Peoria Journal Star Swimmer of the Year as a senior in 20142014 (senior) ... An All-America selection in 2014 and an all-state honoree as a junior and senior ... In 2014 captured fourth place in the 200 IM and third place in the 100 fly at 2014 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships ... As a junior in 2013 took fifth place in the 200 IM and 6th in the 100 fly at 2013 IHSA State Championships ... Sectional champion in the 200 IM and 200 fly her final two seasons as well as both the 200 and 400 free relays ... Was the 2012 sectional champion 100 fly and 100 back and was a state qualifier ...An all-Mid-state 6 conference selection all four years ... Holder of the school records in the 100 fly (55.27) , 200 IM (2:03.21) and 200 free relay (1:37.92) ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Began swimming with the YMCA club in Peoria (five years) before moving on to DOC Swimming for five years ... Most recently competed with the Peoria area Water Wizards (PAWW) the past three years ... At the 2015 Speedo Champions Series in Iowa City, captured first place in the400 individual medley in 4:21.75 ... Was also third in the 200 IM (2:05.26) and 200 fly (2:05.12) as well as fourth in the 200 Back (2:03.59) ... At the 2014 Speedo Champions Series in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Captured top spot in the 400 IM (4:20.90) ... Took second in the 200 back (1:59.35), third in both the 200 IM (2:03.94) and 200 fly (2:04.13) plus sixth in the 100 back (56.79).
Rachael Renee Kelch was born on Nov. 2, 1996, in Peoria, Ill. ... Daughter of Bill and Marcia Kelch ... Enjoys hiking and exploring .... Also considered Ohio State and Illinois ... Undeclared major at San Diego State.