Jake Mitchell Sets National Public High School Record in 500 Yard Free

Jake Mitchell of Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana has broken the National Public High School Record in the boys’ 500 yard freestyle.

Swimming in finals of the Indiana State Championship meet on Saturday, Mitchell swam 4:14.68. That cleared his own State Record of 4:16.72 that was set at last season’s state meet as well as the National Public High School Record of 4:15.63 set last season at the Georgia 6A-7A High School State Championships meet by Jake Magahey.

Magahey, who swims for Mill Creek High School, broke what was at the time the oldest boys’ National High School Record on the books: Jeff Kostoff’s 4:16.39 from 1983. After surviving for almost 36 years, that record has been broken two seasons in a row.

Mitchell’s previous best time of 4:15.03 was done at the Winter Junior East Championships in December. Because that was a non-high school meet, it doesn’t count as a National High School Record.

Mitchell’s time jumps him into 12th place all-time in the 17-18 age group behind the age group record holder Michael Phelps, who swam 4:12.33 in 2004.

Comparative Splits:

100y 200y 300y 400y 500y
Jake Magahey Old National Public HS Record 49.28 1:40.15 (50.87) 2:31.88 (51.73) 3:23.99 (52.11) 4:15.63 (51.64)
Jake Mitchell New National Public HS Record 48.30 1:40.03 (51.73) 2:32.44 (52.41) 3:24.25 (51.81) 4:14.68 (50.43)
Grant Shoults Overall National HS Record 48.54 1:39.53 (50.99) 2:30.94 (51.41) 3:22.39 (51.45) 4:12.87 (50.48)
Jake Mitchell Old Indiana HS Record 47.81 1:39.61 (51.80) 2:32.76 (53.15) 3:25.35 (52.59) 4:16.72 (51.37)

For comparison, when Jack Conger broke the overall National High School Record in 2013, swimming a 4:13.87, he was out in 46.64 and 1:37.79 at 100 and 200 yards, respectively.

For Mitchell, a senior and University of Michigan commit, this was his last crack at the National High School Record in his final state championship meet. He also won the 200 free on Saturday in 1:34.05. That National Public School Record in that event is 1:33.30, belonging to his former Camerl High School teammate Drew Kibler from 2017.

Grant Shoults‘ 4:12.87 from May of 2016 remains the Independent High School and overall National High School Record in the event.


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4 years ago

Magahey swam a 4:12.72 at winter juniors East in December. It’s a shame he had the flu the week of his high school meet. Next year will be interesting. What is the NAG record in the 500 free?

Reply to  Swimandsurf
4 years ago

Phelps swan 4:12.33 in 2004 and that shows as the 17-18 NAG record.

4 years ago

It’s crazy Michael Phelps swam a 4:12 in 2004. Imagine what he could have done if he was actually concentrating on swimming yards.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  James
4 years ago

Fortunately for him and for his fans his career has focused on long course where history is made.

4 years ago

The 200 free public highschool record is Carson foster at 1:32.99

Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Any reason that they haven’t recognized it?

6-Beat Kick
4 years ago

Bit of a typo: Kostoff’s record stood for nearly 36 years, rather than 26.

4 years ago

Jake broke the record in 2019. He went 4:16 at GHSA state this year.

4 years ago

1:30.03 at the 200 o_O

4 years ago

Two freshmen who could be chasing Kieran Smith next year

Reply to  Dbswims
4 years ago

Let’s pump the brakes here. Great swim, but there’s a long way from 4:14 to 4:06. 8 seconds to be exact. Hope every hs senior drops 8 seconds.

Coach Chackett
Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

Didn’t say beating. PVK ~4:24 HS Down to 4:08. Dr. Josh White coaches them well.

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