David Curtiss Breaks Murphy’s National Independent HS Record with 19.4 50 Free


At the 2020 Easterns Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday, Pennington junior David Curtiss made history. Curtiss, an NC State commit, won the 50 free in 19.42, taking down the National Independent School Record. The former record stood at a 19.54, which was set on the 200 free relay leadoff by Olympic Champion Ryan Murphy of Bolles back in 2012.

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That was a drop of nearly 3 tenths for Curtiss, as his former best was a 19.70 from the 2019 Easterns meet. The National Public High School Record, which is also the overall record, stands as a 19.29 done by sprint legend Caeleb Dressel of Clay High School in 2013. Curtiss is now the 7th fastest American ever in the 17-18 age group. He moves ahead of Olympic sprint medalists Anthony Ervin and Gustavo Borges, who are now tied for 8th.

In addition to his individual swim, he anchored Pennington’s 200 free relay in 19.43 and swam a 24.83 breast split on the 200 medley relay. The Easterns meet continues tonight. Curtiss is slated to swim the 100 free individually. He’s entered just a tenth away from the Meet Record, which was set by Olympic sprint medalist Borges of Bolles back in 1991.

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1 year ago


1 year ago

Holy fast….

1 year ago

My goodness

Reply to  Jimbo
1 year ago

Keep training, your in Your way.
Stay focused.

1 year ago

https://twitter.com/sportsdoctormd/status/1228486010910191618?s=21 Here’s the race video, he’s definitely leaving a few tenths on the start but his 2nd 25 was insane

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Reply to  BSD
1 year ago

Agreed! Start is nothing special, turn is just OK, 2nd 25 out of this world.

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1 year ago

Imagine if he gets his start/first 25 a little bit faster… Easily an 18.9

1 year ago

Would be nice to see him take down Dressel’s record this season, then under 19 next year. The sport keeps getting faster and rising stars will engage the fan base.

1 year ago

Am I old or does he have a weird looking stroke? Not bad weird just unique. Like he looks like he’s literally swimming downhill and his head seems almost wholly submerged. Am I behind the times or do I have bad eyesight?

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