16-year-old Julia Podkoscielny Swims a 1:55.39 in 200 Back, Breaks LSC Record

by Delaney Sprague 6

October 10th, 2020 Club, High School, News

Panther Time Trial

  • October 10, 2020
  • Pine Crest School
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • PDF file of the meet results 

The Pine Crest Swim Team hosted an intrasquad this morning, and Julia Podkoscielny came out on top, placing first in each of her four events.

Podkoscielny dominated the girl’s 200 backstroke, clocking a 1:55.39, over three seconds faster than her previous best time of 1:58.59. Her new best time moves her up to 62nd all-time in the 15-16 age group and is also a Florida Gold Coast LSC record. The previous record-holder was Tasija Karosas (1:56.33) and hadn’t been broken since 2011.

Podkoscielny also scored best times in the 100 backstroke (53.75) and 200 IM (1:59.85). She was a two-time champion in these two events at the FHSAA 2A State Championship last year.

Podkoscielny’s dad, Mariusz, is the head coach of Pine Crest Swim Team and was a two-time Olympian for Poland. In the 1988 Games, he finished 5th in the 1500m and 400m freestyle, and swam at the collegiate level for the University of Arizona.

While this was a club intrasquad, Julia’s breakout swim has implications for the Florida High School season as well. Over the summer, Pine Crest, the defending 2A State Champions in Swimming & Diving, announced that it would not have fall sports seasons this year. However, on September 1st, the school said that while it would compete as an “independent” team and thereby skip the FHSAA post-season for most fall sports, that there was a “possible exception” for the swimming & diving program. Marius Podkoszielny told SwimSwam today that Pine Crest will compete in the FHSAA state series after the league lifted any requirement for regular season dual meets – meaning they’ll start the season with their District Championship meet.

Race Video:

Other Notable Swims:

  • 17-year-old Paige MacEachern placed second with a 2:04.63 in the girl’s 200 IM.
  • Hannah Elks Smith (17) swam a best time of over three seconds in the girl’s 200 freestyle, finishing with a 1:53.92.
  • 15-year-old Riley Botting swam a 1:04.88 in the girl’s 100 breaststroke, matching her seed time exactly.
  • Georgia Tech commit Joshua Hanks placed first in the boys 100 breaststroke with a 57.39. He also won the boys 50 freestyle (21.22).
  • Will Taner, Cornell commit, won the boys 100 freestyle (47.20) and the boys 100 butterfly (56.18). 



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3 years ago


3 years ago

Great swim in a beautiful environment.

Dawid Goszczycki
3 years ago

Brawo Julia!

3 years ago

Congratulations, Julia! What a beautiful swimmer and such a nice girl!

3 years ago

👍🏽 nice job!

Maciej Karolczak
3 years ago

Brawo Julia. Tak trzymać!!!