2018 IHSA Boys State
- Prelims: Friday, Febraury 23rd
- Finals: Saturday, Febraury 24th
- Evanston High School, Evanston, IL
- Short course yards
- Live results
- IHSA records
In prelims of the 2018 Boys IHSA State Meet, Spencer Walker and Charlie Scheinfeld broke IHSA State records in the 100 back and 100 breast respectively. Walker blasted a 47.22 in the 100 back, while Charlie Scheinfeld threw down a 53.60 in the 100 breast to break the IHSA records.
Walker took the prelims heats by nearly 2 seconds as he took his race out in a speedy 22.76, and brought it back in 24.76. He took down the previous record of 47.97, which was set by Daniel Hein, who is now a sophomore backstroke star at Mizzou, in 2016. While still a ways off the national HS record of 45.34 held by Ryan Murphy, Walker’s time ties for the 48th fastest 100 back ever in the 17-18 USA Swimming database.
Scheinfeld took down a record set by former Florida Gator, Matt Elliott, which stood at 53.80 from 2011. Scheinfeld split the race very well, going out in 25.44, and coming back in 28.16. Those splits are pretty close for a 100 breast. He is now tied for 36th in the all-time 17-18 national rankings.
The Winnetka 200 medley relay team of Patrick Gridley, Charlie Scheinfeld, Ryan Gridley, and Pearce Bailey also shattered an IHSA record, coming in at 1:29.53 to break the record of 1:30.91 that was set by Lyons just last year. Patrick Gridley led off with a 23.03, followed by a very fast 24.25 breast split from Scheinfeld, 21.74 from Ryan Gridley, and 20.51 from Bailey. Lyons came in 2nd in prelims with a 1:31.36, but will have to shave a lot of time off in finals to retake their record.
Other than the 2 records that fell, Cotlon Paulson and Topher Stensby came within stiking distance of the IHSA records in both off their events. Paulson blasted a 1:35.93 in the 200 free to claim the top seed for tomorrow by over 2 seconds. He came within half a second of former USC star Reed Malone’s state record of 1:35.60. In the 500 Paulson opened up on the field even more throwning down a 4:20.86 to take the top seed by well over 4 seconds ahead of Spencer Walker. That time puts Paulson exactly 2 seconds away from former Stanford Distance star Danny Thompson‘s IHSA record.
Stensby flirted with Ryan Held‘s records in the 50 and 100 free in prelims, and he is just a junior so he will get another run at them next season regardless of if he breaks them tomorrow. He blasted a 20.00 in the 50 to take the top seed for tomorrow by over half a second. Held’s IHSA 50 free record stands at 19.76, which he set in the same pool just 4 years ago. In the 100 free, Stensby threw down a 44.10, leaving him just .37 seconds off Held’s record of 43.73, also set 4 years ago in the same pool.
Finals begin at 1:00pm CT on Saturday.