EDINA, Minn. (WCCO) — Let’s just simply put it this way: If we started listing all the state titles Rachel Wittmer has won, it would take us longer than it would take her to win a race.

“She just has this power thing,” Edina swimming coach Jeff Mace said. “When she swims in the water, she’s just so much stronger than everybody else.”

Wittmer has won nine state titles in six different events. Of the 11 events in swimming, she holds six school records and two state records — which is tied for the most.

“And those arms just go so fast,” Mace said.

Her specialty is the 50-yard freestyle. Wittmer has already won the state title in the 50 free three times, and broken the state record twice.

“It gets me excited like no other event,” she said.

“When she hits the wall, she has, I don’t even know, I wish we could harness what she does,” Mace said. “Much faster than everybody else and further out than everybody else.”

She’s one of the best in the nation in the 50 free and one of the top recruits in the country. A pretty short race has taken her pretty far. She’s headed to Notre Dame next year.

“I just get so excited because I know good things are bound to happen there,” Wittmer said.

So a legacy that started with her first state title in just 8th grade will finish next month at her last state meet. Odds are, finish once again in first. Multiple times.

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