Cody Bybee Breaks Joe Hudepohl’s Legendary Ohio State HS Record


The eyes of a generation of Ohio high school swimmers were set to be fixed on the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, where St. Xavier senior Grant House was expected to chase a legendary state record at the Division I Championship.

On Friday, however, junior Cody Bybee from Bellbrook High School crashed the party in the Division II finals (smaller schools) with a 1:34.55 title-winning swim. That took down Joe Hudepohl‘s 1:34.96 that was swum in this same pool in 1991 – 26 years ago.

Hudepohl’s record stood as the fastest ever by a high school swimmer until 2009, when future NCAA Champion and Olympian Tom Shields swam a 1:33.83 at California’s Edison High School.

While the national record has since been cleared several times since, the Ohio record has stood since. Grant House, who goes to the same school as Hudepohl did, has been the heir apparent to that throne, having broken many of Hudepohl’s other records, including his Southwest District record last weekend.

Quietly, though, Bybee wasn’t far from the mark either. He swam a 1:35.49 at a club meet in December, and was a 1:36.75 last year as a sophomore.

Now, House has a new target to chase on Saturday. If he gets below 1:34.96, but doesn’t get Bybee’s newly-minted record, he’ll still get Hudepohl’s school record, which will still be a huge feather in his cap for the legendary aquatics program.

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7 years ago

Grant House turned a 1:34:59 in the finals. What a great meet.
House will be taking his shot next at setting the state 500M record held by another St Xavier alum David Mosko at 4:20:56.

OHSAA Swimmer
7 years ago

The event after going a 20 point for the relay split (FLY)! And followed up with a 46.9 in the 100 Fly

7 years ago

Drew Kibler just went to high school national record in the 200 freestyle 133.30 high school national record.

Old Rocket Swimmer
Reply to  Swimfish87
7 years ago

Kibler will get the record tomorrow. He just .04 off the record so currently 2nd. He has more in the tank since he didn’t have to swim relays yet.

7 years ago

Drew Kibler From Carmel just went 1:33.30 in the 200 free at the Indiana high school state meet national record!

Speed Racer
7 years ago

Kibler downs National High School record.

Old Rocket Swimmer
Reply to  Speed Racer
7 years ago

Shoults is 1:33.26 so Kibler has fastest public school record. Should be faster on Saturday to break National Record

7 years ago

And a 46.9 100 fly to boot, geez!

7 years ago

Wow he’s only a a junior, that’s really good

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