There was a lot of negativity and controversy coming into this year’s Virginia High School League State Championships. With now 6 different state championship levels, some of the big-name matchups were separated out into different classes, and some events wound up with sparse entries (the boys’ 400 free at the 5A Championship only had 6 qualifiers, for example).
There’s nothing like some fast swimming, though, to make everyone forget the drama.
Andrew Seliskar of Thomas Jefferson High School has broken the National High School Record in the 100 yard breaststroke, swimming a 53.24 in prelims at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond on Friday morning. He was out in 24.90, and came home in 28.34, which cleared the 53.39 that Steven Stumph of Campolindo HS set last year out in Califonia at 53.39.
Carsten Vissering from Georgetown Prep swam a 53.49 two weeks ago at the nearby D.C. Metro Champs a couple of weeks ago (watch the video of Vissering’s swim here), and at Easterns on Saturday will have the chance to catch Seliskar’s time as well.
Seliskar also swam a 1:36.26 in the 200 free in his other individual race in prelims. He is only a junior this year.