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.