With a very short Florida High School season that already moves into championship season in just under three weeks, teams don’t have a lot of opportunities to go after National High School Records. This in the past has resulted in swimmers or teams being better than the high school record while in high school, but not at a high school meet.
The Bolles boys of 2012 are having no such problem. Swimming this weekend at the Florida Swimming Pool Association High School Invitational in Orlando, they broke both of the freestyle National High School Records unshaved and untapered, according to their coach Sergio Lopez.
The group of Ryan Murphy, Joseph Schooling, Santo Condorelli and Josh Booth made up the lineups for both relays, in that order, as the Sharks were clearly gunning for this record. With many of those same swimmers on the medley, they could challenge those records too, but this weekend it was all about the free relays. Still, that’s what makes the result so impressive. Their first two legs aren’t primarily sprint freestylers: Murphy is a 200 backstroker and Schooling is a 200 butterflier.
First, in the 200, the group touched in 1:20.88, which gave them an absurd eight-second victory. That included a 20.24 leadoff for Murphy, just two-tenths from his personal best. This time broke the old overall record set by David Nolan’s Hershey High School in 2011 at 1:21.01. It also broke Mercersburg’s 1992 record of 1:22.70 for independent high schools. The full splits:
Murphy 20.24 – Schooling – 20.58 – Condorelli 20.03 – Booth 20.03 – Total 1:20.88
Then in the 400, Murphy again got the team off to a great start with an opening 44.52, but this time it was Condorelli’s 43.80 on the third leg that really stood out as the big difference-maker en route to a 2:58.58. This swim easily took down the 2:59.76 set by New Trier last season; that time still stands as the public school record. Remember that New Trier’s was the first high school relay ever under three minutes, and Bolles has know blown this away.
Just last season, Bolles set the private school record in a 3:00.67. The full splits from this weekend’s relay are below:
Murphy 44.52 – Schooling 44.68 – Condorelli 43.80 – Booth 45.58 – Total: 2:58.58
It’s almost terrifying to think what these relays will do at the State meet when they are shaved and tapered.