Ethan Hu Hits #6 100 Fly Time in 15-16 Age Group at CIF Central Coast


  • May 11-12, 2018
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Results


Ethan Hu, a sophomore from The Harker School, was on fire last weekend at the 2018 CIF Central Coast Championships.

Hu won two individual titles and helped Harker’s 200 medley relay and 400 free relay place in the A final. In the 100 fly, Hu ripped a 46.86 to set a new section record and notch the 2nd-best 100 fly time in the high school class of 2020 — only Gianluca Urlando, also a California native, is faster (46.70). Hu now ranks 6th all-time in the 15-16 rankings, about a half second back of NAG record holder Michael Andrew (46.23).

  1. Michael Andrew – 46.23 (2015)
  2. Camden Murphy – 46.25 (2015)
  3. Ryan Hoffer – 46.42 (2014)
  4. Brendan Burns – 46.61 (2018)
  5. Gianluca Urlando – 46.70 (2018)
  6. Ethan Hu – 46.86

Besides that swim, Hu was 1:47.92 to win the 200 IM, and he split 22.06 fly on the medley and 45.87 on the 400 free relay.

Bellarmine Prep set a new section record in the 200 free relay, as Nathan Yates (20.53), Emmanuel Ngbemeneh (20.73), Kevin Sichak (20.90) and Max Saunders (20.14) combined for a time of 1:22.30.

Yates, Saunders, and Ngbemeneh actually swept the 50 free, going 20.53, 20.55, and 20.88, respectively, while Saunders posted a 44.15 to win the 100 free by over a full second. Yates also won the 100 back (49.55).

Alec Cullen of Junipero Serra won the 100 breast by over a full second, clocking a 54.39, and had a crucial 24.80 split on his team’s medley relay, as they won with a time of 1:33.00.


  1. Bellarmine College Prep 308
  2. Saint Francis High School 190
  3. Junipero Serra 153
  4. Henry M. Gunn High School 147
  5. The Harker School 135


Saint Francis’s Nicole Oliva, Menlo-Atherton’s Izzi Henig, and The Harker School’s Vivian Wang each won two titles as Henry M. Gunn edged Saint Francis for the team title by a mere 20 points.

Oliva, a sophomore, took care of business in the 200 and 500 free. In the 200, she was 1:47.35 to win, while she finished the 500 in 4:48.65. Leading off Saint Francis’s relay in 50.97, she would wind up helping them to a win there, too. That relay was anchored in 49.28 by junior Brooke Schaffer, who won the 100 fly (53.72) and finished 2nd in the 50 free (22.98). Schaffer also anchored the 200 free relay (22.34).

Beating Schaffer to the wall in the 50 was Henig, a Menlo-Atherton senior. Henig touched at 22.89, then turned around to finish first in the 100 free (49.36). She was also 49.28 anchoring her team’s 4th place 400 free relay.

Wang, another senior, took home wins in the 200 IM and 100 breast. She was 1:59.48 to edge Leland’s Hannah Womer (1:59.78) in the IM, and 1:01.64 to take the 100 breast.


  1. Henry M. Gunn High School 241
  2. Saint Francis High School 221
  3. Archbishop Mitty 199
  4. Palo Alto 171
  5. Leland 144

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3 years ago

What were Schooling/Dressel at 16?

Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

Dressel 48.64 Schooling 47.06

Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

how do you know that

Reply to  Tomek
3 years ago

You can look up the times in the USA Swimming database.

3 years ago

Urlando dropped a 46 in the fly and back this past weekend as well as leadoff free splits of 20.3/44.4.

3 years ago

Related to Janet HU?

Reply to  Question
3 years ago

I don’t have any firsthand knowledge, but it seems unlikely. Ethan Hu’s family is in the Bay Area, and Janet Hu grew up in the Washington DC metro area. Hu is a decently common last name.

3 years ago

This article doesn’t mention any of the swimmers from the winning team. That team won with a lot of depth, and an interesting side story was one of the swimmers broke her finger in the first 200 medley relay that she anchored in as the freestyler to out touch her opponents.

She was qualified in the final of the 100 free, but could not start on the blocks so swam the race starting in the water to make sure her team got the points. The swimmer then needed to be replaced for the 200 free relay, but a freshman that wasn’t expecting to swim that day and the other swimmers stepped up with excellent splits to ensure that the… Read more »

Go Bearcats
3 years ago

His free is 45.8 and his fly is 46.8? Damn

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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