June 18, 1993 |
Rebecca Gilman led a contingent of Valley-area distance swimmers Thursday in the Swim Meet of Champions at the Mission Viejo International Swimming complex. Gilman, from the Buenaventura Swim Team, placed eighth in the 800-meter freestyle in 9 minutes 20.73 seconds. The race was won by four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans in 8:37.79. Gilman was one of only two 13-year-olds who qualified for the event. In the men's 800 freestyle, Michael Carroll, 19, of Buenaventura finished 16th in 8:48.
May 18, 1994
Rebecca Gilman SCHOOL: Buena SPORT: Swimming YEAR: Freshman SEASON AT A GLANCE: Gilman was the final piece of the puzzle for Buena, which won the Division I title for the second time in three seasons. One of the best long-distance age-group freestylers in the nation, Gilman joined a veteran team that dominated the Channel League, one of the strongest swimming leagues in the Southern Section.
June 13, 1996 |
Rebecca Gilman is so good not even a strength-sapping illness could keep her from winning championships. The Buena High junior won the 200- and 500-yard freestyles at the Southern Section Division I swimming championships last month, the third consecutive year she won both events. Buena cruised to its third consecutive section title, largely because of Gilman, who also swam legs on two victorious relay teams.
May 14, 1994 |
It didn't take long for the Buena High girls' swimming team to establish itself as the school to beat in the Southern Section Division I championships. The Bulldogs, led by freshman Rebecca Gilman, swept the first three events Friday night at Belmont Plaza to take a commanding lead for the team championship. Gilman won two individual events and swam a leg on a winning relay to lead the Bulldogs to a convincing team victory with 221 points, 66 points over second-place Santa Barbara.
June 19, 1993 |
She swims an unorthodox windmill style. She has already developed a six-beat kick and an alternate breathing pattern. And when Stanford freshman Jane Skillman put a move on her Friday evening, 13-year-old Rebecca Gilman responded. For almost 100 meters, Gilman fought to stay even with Skillman and 22-year-old Kristin Clodfelter. Although they eventually pulled away, Gilman's racing instincts belied her lack of experience--less than three months at the national level.
March 16, 1995 |
When Buena High freshman Rebecca Gilman swam to an easy victory in the Southern Section Division I 500-yard freestyle last May, her toughest competition was more than a few yards behind her. Try about 6,000 miles. The same weekend Gilman won two individual events and led the Bulldogs to the Division I team title, Rio Mesa's Sarah Nichols was in Paris, competing in a select United States Junior National team event.