Episcopal Academy swimmer Cole Whitsett has broken the National Independent High School Record in the 100 short course meters butterfly. Racing on Tuesday in a dual meet against The Haverford School, in a meet that the Episcopal School won 96-90, Whitsett swam a 55.35 in the event. That broke both the old Pool Record in the event as well as the National Independent High School Record.
The old record of 55.40 was set in 2011 by Patrick Park of the Peddie School in New Jersey. The overall and public high school records in the event still belong to Brendan Burns of Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, who swam a 52.41 in 2018. Whitsett’s time, while well short of Brendan Burns’ overall record, is believed to be the 2nd-fastest ever in high school competition.
Short course meters, raced in a 25 meter pool, is an approved course for high school competition in the United States, but is by-far less-competed as compared to short course yards, raced in a 25-yard pool. The Olympic distance pool of 50 meters is not approved for high school competition, generally, in the United States and no official records are kept.
Whitsett, a University of Tennessee commit, finished 2nd in the 100 breaststroke (56.34) and 7th in the 100 fly (50.16) at the 2019 Easterns Championship in 2019: a high school championship meet designed for east coast private schools. His best time in the 100 fly in yards is 49.29.