Bolles’ Joseph Schooling is off to a fast start in prelims of the 2013, breaking the National Independent High School Records in the 100 yard fly at the Florida 1A High School State Championship prelims.
Schooling swam a 45.90 in his lone individual event. That breaks the 46.20 that he himself swam on September 28th at the mid-season FSPA Invite as the best ever among Independent (aka, private and prep schools) High School swimmers.
The overall record is just a hair faster: his club teammate Caeleb Dressel, at the same mid-season meet, was a 45.89.
Schooling will have one more shot at breaking that record in finals before Dressel, who swims for Clay High School in Florida’s 2A (slightly bigger schools), goes on Saturday.
For a reference on just how staggering that time is for a high school swimmer (Schooling will head to Texas in the fall), it would have placed 5th at the NCAA Championships last year. The 100 fly is a race at that meet often dominated by upperclassmen: there were no college freshman in the top 16 at last year’s meet, and only a single college sophomore.
And to think, in February of 2012, just a few weeks before the official SwimSwam launch, we were stunned when Maclin Davis went a 46.64 to whack half-a-second off of the old mark.