Grant Shoults Breaks Legendary National Independent High School Record in 200 Free

Grant Shoults of Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Southern California has broken a legendary National High School Record in the 200 yard freestyle, swimming a 1:34.54 on Saturday at the CIF – Southern Section Division I Finals at Riverside College.

That breaks the 1:34.96 that was done in 1991 by St. Xavier’s (OH) Joe Hudepohl – a record that stood for an astonishing 18 years as the overall National High School Record, and 24 as the Independent High School Record.

Shoults is just a junior and will still have one more season in which to chase Tom Shields’ overall record of 1:33.83. His previous best coming into the meet was a 1:35.13 done at the OK Pro-Am last December, and a year ago at the CIF-SS Championships, he swam 1:35.99.

Shoults also won the 500 free on Saturday in 4:15.56, which missed Jack Conger’s 4:13.87 (independent and overall) record, but is still one of the fastest high school times ever.

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5 years ago

No posts yet on Nikol Popov’s 100breast where she broke a 1:00 at 15years old and broke the 15-16 NAG! She still has a whole year to lower that record too! I’m surprised there hasn’t been a post on this yet!

bobo gigi
5 years ago

It looks like mid-distance freestyle finally starts to move forward in the US junior ranks on the men’s side. At least in yards. Can they now convert that to long course?

5 years ago


We are way too high school centric. You are posting this on the best swim site in the united states….and it is an unabashed promoter of HS/college over everything else. Even Braden – the finest american swim writer – is a HS swim coach.

I admire your constant long course narrative and honestly feel like you are helping thousands of people who read your posts change our culture.

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5 years ago

Short course is accessible to a lot more Americans. A lot of great young swimmers don’t live within driving distance of a 50m pool.

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