Joseph Schooling Breaks National Independent High School Record in 100 Fly in Prelims

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.

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bobo gigi

I don’t know if Joseph Schooling is fully tapered because I have read the Southeast Asian Games in December were his biggest meet of the year. But if he is, I’m sure he can swim a 45 low.
Live streaming here at 5.30 PM EST. It was free last year. Unfortunately this year it’s not.

bobo gigi

Sorry it was diving.
For swimming it’s here.


hmmmm let’s see how Dressel responds.

Sean S

I would bet that Sergio will post race video on his blog sometime soon if you don’t want to pay to watch the race.

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