Beata Nelson Breaks National High School, National Age Group Records in 100 Fly

Video of Nelson’s race is above, courtesy of Jack Polono.

Beata Nelson, a junior at Verona Area High School, has broken both the National High School Record, and the 15-16 National Age Group Record, in the 100 yard fly at the Wisconsin High School State Championship on Saturday.

Nelson won the timed-final of the event in 51.70, which broke her own Division I State Record of 52.06 set last year. It was also faster than the 15-16 National Age Group Record done by Katie McLaughlin earlier this year in California. That 51.78 second swim by McLaughlin was also the overall National High School Record (and is still the Independent School Records).

The old Public School Record was matching 52.41’s done by future 200 fly Olympic Champion Misty Hyman in 1996 (Shadow Mountain High School – Phoenix), and Danielle Nack in 2012 (Mankato West High School – Minnesota). That swim by Hyman was the oldest female National High School Record still on the books.

A comparison of splits between McLaughlin’s old records and Nelson’s new record:

  • McLaughlin ’14 – 24.49/27.29 = 51.78
  • Nelson ’14 – 24.08/27.62 = 51.70

As one might expect for the 200 butterflier McLaughlin, she didn’t have as much speed going out as Nelson did, but was better on the back-half. Not enough better, however, to hold on to her record.

Nelson also won the 100 back in a new State Record of 53.15, was a 24.62 leading off Verona’s 2nd-place medley relay, and anchored the 200 free relay in 21.83.

A full meet recap will come later today.


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bobo gigi
8 years ago

And thanks for the race video!
She really has amazing underwaters! 😯

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Great swim by Miss Nelson.
Amazing to see how good and fast she is in short course and at the same time very “average” in long course. At least summer.
She will be a beast in NCAA!

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

At least last summer.
26.99 in the 50 free/58.16 in the 100 free/29.27 in the 50 back/1.03.05 in the 100 back/26.88 in the 50 fly and the most telling example, only 1.00.79 in the 100 fly, her best event.
I know that SCY and LCM are really 2 different worlds but it’s rare to see so many differences.
Perhaps she never trains in the big pool. I don’t know.
Hopefully she can improve her long course performances in the future. Tom Shields has done it. Why not Beata Nelson? I would really like to see her shine in the big pool too.

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Another name from the Bobo Gigi’s list of possible SCY NAG record breakers. 🙂
Andrew Rogers (10 and under)
Winn Aung (11/12)
Christopher Hardt (11/12)
Ethan Dang (11/12)
Zachary Hils (13/14)
Reece Whitley (13/14)
Michael Andrew (15/16)
Ryan Hoffer (15/16) Already 1 in the pocket! 19.53 in the 50 free
Grant House (15/16)
Caeleb Dressel (15/16)
Townley Haas (17/18)
Andrew Seliskar (17/18)
Claire Tuggle (10 and under)
Jeremiah Lhea Tandingan (10 and under)
Sophie Housey (11/12)
Regan Smith (11/12) Already 7 in the pocket! 55.42 in the 100 fly/54.69 in the 100 back/55.22 in the 100 fly/54.62 in the 100… Read more »

8 years ago

Her time also met the NCAA D1 A time standard!

8 years ago

Great swim!!! Nice video too -thanks.

8 years ago

She split 21.83 anchoring 200 free relay. Her 100 back was 53.15.

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