This article was written by Lauren Neidigh, a Bolles alum who currently swims for the University of Florida.
Take a closer look at the Bolles School dream team. Josh Booth, Santo Condorelli, Emiro Goossen, Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling broke 5 National High School Records Saturday at Florida’s 1A High School State Championship in three relays and two individual events. Here’s a guide to the leaders of this star-studded lineup and why they’re worth watching, not only as a group but individually.
In his final swim of the evening Saturday, future Cal Bear Ryan Murphy recorded a blazing 42.95 on the leadoff leg of their record-setting 400 free relay. This swim is made even more impressive by the fact that it followed a National Record in the 100 back prelims and 3 fast swims in finals. His 19.5 leadoff in the 200 free relay was similarly strong, almost matching Vladimir Morozov’s national record in the 50. But Murphy’s still digesting his recent success. “I was really surprised after the 100 back,” he said of his 45.3 in the morning swim that event. “I’m still kind of shocked at the meet I had.” He attributed his and the team’s success to hard training in the leadup to Olympic Trials earlier this year.
While Murphy was at a full taper for this meet, I still think he has a little more in him for December’s short course nationals. We haven’t seen him swim the 200 free, 200 IM, or 200 back yet this season, so I’d look for him to possibly break some NAG records there. That being said, I’m sure Murphy’s main focus will be on the world championships in Turkey. After watching him swim a 45.3 in the 100 back, I think he may be able to make his way up to the medals.
Joseph Schooling took down the 100 fly national record in 46.50, while Olympic gold medalist Anthony Nesty was in attendance to see Schooling break his 24 year old state record. According to Schooling, the team had their sights set high going into the meet. “We went to the meet wanting to set records that no one will break for a very long time,” he said. Schooling has experience on the international stage as well, having competed for Singapore in the 2012 Olympics under Bolles coach Sergio Lopez. Now that he’s made a statement on the local level, he turns his focus to Short Course World Championships and Junior National Championships–his flight arrangements with the Singapore National Team allow him to compete in both events. The 100 and 200 butterflier has potential to drop an amazing 200 fly at the junior meet.
Senior Emiro Goossen, who was a member of the record-breaking 200 free relay Saturday, will also be a swimmer to watch at juniors. The Trinidad National Team member boasts bests of 20.9 and 46.1 in the sprint freestyles, but also has potential in the 100 fly. Goossen will attend the University of Florida next year, and is certainly a team player. “It is honestly a privilege to be on a record breaking relay with 3 of the best high school swimmers ever,” he said of his performance on the 200 free relay at the state meet. “It makes me want to try even harder to be faster.”
Lopez loses Condorelli, Murphy, and Goossen to college next year, but juniors Schooling, Caeleb Dressel and Josh Booth will still be around. Dressel competed for Clay high school in the 3A state meet on Friday. He just missed just missing the state record of 44.04 with a 44.10 in the 100 free, still a very impressive time for a high schooler. His best in the 50 is 20.2. Booth is from Wales and this was his first year at Bolles. He swam the 200 free and 100 fly individually, but he can also swim a fast 50 and 100 freestyle (as demonstrated by his 44.6 split on the 400 free relay.) Both of these two have put themselves on the map and have the potential to be among the top of their recruiting class next year.
Lopez is the behind-the-scenes force in this talented lineup, and it’s clear the swimmers don’t take him for granted. “Sergio is an amazing coach, and I completely trust everything he tells me,” said Murphy. “He has played a huge role in my swimming success.” Goossen described him as many swimmers would their coaches, saying, “Coach Sergio is the only man I know that I can dislike and love at the same time.” One thing’s for sure, though: Lopez gets not only respect, but also results. All of these up and comers have the potential to show us even more than they already have.