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.
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