The Granada High School boys in California’s North Coast Section have broken the National Public High School Record in the 400 free relay, as they swam a 2:59.00 during Saturday’s section championships final.
The stacked team of Nick Silverthorn (44.96), Bryce McLaggan (45.43), Trent Trump (44.48), and Maxime Rooney (44.13) rolled to a combined 2:59.00, which bettered the 2:59.36 done by Chesterton High School in Indiana in February.
The comparative splits (Granada/Chesterton):
- Silverthorn 44.96/Blake Pieroni 43.37
- McLaggan 45.43/Ethan Whitaker 44.95
- Trump 44.48/Patrick Curley 46.78
- Rooney 44.13/Aaron Whitaker 44.26
That set of splits for Granada is really incredible for a public school program; often, teams that approach this three minute mark in high school have one absolute stud split, and a lot of really good ones. For Granada to break the barrier without anybody registering a 43 says volumes about the depth of swimming in the area.
Though they didn’t come away with the overall team battle, this record for Granada will be something the team can hang their hats on. All are seniors aside from Rooney, who is just a sophomore. These public school relay records are really a special thing, as those are the three events in which there’s a significant difference between the circumstance between public and independent high school records.
Read Dean Ottati’s full recap here.