Brownstead Breaks Dressel’s Nat’l HS Record with 19.2, Posts 18.6 50 FR Anchor

2020 PENNSYLVANIA HIGH SCHOOL 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

State College senior Matt Brownstead made history Wednesday night at the 2020 PIAA 3A State Championships. Brownstead, a University of Virginia commit, won the state title with a 19.24 in the 50 free. That was a lifetime best by 3 tenths and took down the former National Public High School Record set by Caeleb Dressel, a World, Olympic, and NCAA Champion. Dressel had set the record at a 19.29 as a senior at Clay High School in 2013.

Brownstead’s swim is now the overall National High School Record. The National Independent School Record was broken earlier this season by Pennington’s David Curtiss. At 2020 Easterns, Curtiss raced to a 19.42, erasing the former record held by Dressel’s club teammate Ryan Murphy of Bolles. Murphy is also now an NCAA, Olympic, and World Champion.

Brownstead’s individual performance tonight came shortly after the 200 medley relay. He anchored for State College with a 19.03 as they placed 5th. He then anchored the 200 free relay in a blistering 18.67 at the end of the session.

His time in the individual 50 is already 2 tenths faster than the UVA School Record, which stands at a 19.42 done by Ryan Baker at the 2020 ACC meet. Brownstead is now the 4th fastest swimmer in history in the 17-18 age group. He’s behind only Dressel, NCAA Champion Ryan Hoffer, and Worlds medalist Michael Andrew. A full recap of tonight’s PIAA events will be posted in a separate article.

ALL-TIME TOP 10: BOYS 17-18 50 FREE

Place Swimmer Time
1 Caeleb Dressel 18.67
2 Ryan Hoffer 18.71
3 Michael Andrew 18.88
4 Matt Brownstead 19.24
5 Drew Kibler 19.35
6 Seth Stubblefield 19.41
7 David Curtiss 19.42
8 Tony Ervin 19.43
8 Gus Borges 19.43
10 Matt Grevers 19.44

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Jimbo
8 months ago

Goodness gracious.

swimgeek
8 months ago

He just might help the uva relays.

DeSorbo Effect
Reply to  swimgeek
8 months ago

BOOM! Hell no one can recruit like DeSorbo!

BOOM! All eyes on Virginia! #Wahoowa

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2Cents
Reply to  swimgeek
8 months ago

That’s an 18.6 and an 18.7 split they will have for 3 years together on the 200 Free relay.

swimgeek
Reply to  2Cents
8 months ago

I should know this but who did the 18.7? Was that August Lamb?

Editor
Reply to  swimgeek
8 months ago

Yup, Lamb split sub-19 at the UNC last chance meet.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
8 months ago

already two tenths faster than the uva team record!

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
8 months ago

upon further investigation, it looks like Ryan Baker went 19.42 at ACCs for the current team record.
Brownstead already 0.18 faster!

Ryan Baker
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
8 months ago

Lmao good thing i’m graduating

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