Reyna makes history

Hoover senior wins 200-yard freestyle to capture school’s first CIF individual championship in 30 years.


By Noah Durry, Staff Writer

Hoover High senior swimmer Massimo Reyna made history on Saturday.

Reyna won the CIF Southern Section Division 3 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute 40.48 seconds, edging Rose Bowl Aquatics teammate Nathan Kim of St. Francis High by .20 seconds to capture Hoover’s first individual CIF championship in 30 years. The last time Hoover won an individual CIF championship was in 1992, when Cori Miller won the 100-yard breaststroke. 

Reyna cannot believe how he won the first CIF title for Hoover in three decades. He said the main feeling he had when he won was that he was very excited and was wowed when he received his medal. He even did a “war cry” after finding out he won. 

“It’s crazy, but I was told that I am the first CIF champ for swimming for Hoover since 1992,” said Reyna, who also took fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.74. “I feel very proud of being a CIF champ. All of the work in the past few months has paid off.” 

Reyna’s CIF title is the 74th individual CIF championship in Hoover’s history. Hoover last won a CIF team championship when the boys’ tennis team won the Division I title in 2002. Hoover’s sports history includes 16 CIF team championships, 17 CIF team runner-ups, 19 individual CIF State titles, three individual CIF State championships and one CIF state runner-up spot.

Reyna will next compete in the CIF State Championship on Friday in Clovis.