The Tennessee High School state championships kicked off with a bang Friday night as the Baylor School toppled a national high school record in the boys 200 medley relay.
The Baylor team was made up of Luke Kaliszak, Dustin Tynes, Sam McHugh and Christian Selby. They went 1:27.74 to shave three tenths off of the national high school record set by the Bolles School back in 2012. The new mark will stand as the overall national record as well as the national record for independent high schools. The national public school mark still stands at 1:30.01 set by Saline High of Michigan last spring.
Three of the four Baylor boys are seniors heading to different Division I programs next fall. Kaliszak will join Alabama, Tynes Ohio State and McHugh the home-state Tennessee Vols. Selby is still a junior.
McHugh, one of the top prospects in this year’s senior class, was a big contributor to the record. He split 21.0 on the butterfly leg, over eight tenths faster than the fly split of the Bolles relay. For reference, the splits are compared below. Baylor made up its time on the middle two legs, with McHugh’s fast fly and a blazing 24.8 breaststroke split from Tynes.
|Baylor – 2014||Split||Bolles – 2012||Split|
|Luke Kaliszak||21.81||Ryan Murphy||21.09|
|Dustin Tynes||24.83||Joseph Schooling||25.48|
|Sam McHugh||21.02||Josh Booth||21.81|
|Christian Selby||20.08||Santo Condorelli||19.64|