The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, opened its 2021-2022 season on Thursday with a short course meters dual meet against nearby Calvary Christian Academy.
At the meet, the team’s star senior Josh Zuchowski broke a pair of NISCA National Independent High School Records, clearing both the 100 fly and 100 backstroke records.
First he swam 54.12 in the 100 meter fly, which cleared his own independent schools record of 55.10 set in September of last year. He later followed that with a 53.80 in the 100 meter backstroke, which broke the 2018 record of 54.54 set by Alex Boratto of the Haverford School in Pennsylvania in 2018.
He also split 24.85 on the fly leg of TKA’s winning 200 medley relay and 51.93 on a 400 free relay leadoff leg as TKA rolled to a 138-31 win on the boys’ side and 132-33 win on the girls’ side.
His 100 free time came up short of the National Independent High School Record of 50.10.
Zuchowski is coached by his dad Jonathan at both TKA and the Flood Aquatics Swim Team is committed to swim at Stanford in the fall of 2022. Boratto, whose 100 fly record he broke, is currently a senior at Stanford.
While the traditional high school race course is 25 yards, coach Jonathan says that the pool is laid out in short course meters (they don’t have a long course pool) until the start of September. The team will race again in short course meters on Septemeber 2 and 4, including a big matchup against powerhouse The Saint Andrew’s School, South Florida Heat (a team of home schooled swimmers), and Jensen Beach High School.
Short course meters (unlike long course meters) is an approved high school course, and NISCA maintains national records in those distances as well. These meets are most commonly swum in the eastern United States, especially in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Tennessee.
The overall National High School Record in the 100 meter fly is 52.41, belonging to Pennsylvanian Brendan Burns (Conestoga High) from 2018, while Destin Lasco of New Jersey (Mainland Regional High) holds the 100 back record at 53.28. They both attended public high schools, as compared to TKA, which is a private school.
Race Video (100 Fly):
Race Video (100 Back):
Josh Zuchowski raced at this summer’s US Olympic Swimming Trials where his best finish came in the 200 backstroke (in long course meters). There he placed 24th in a time of 2:01.53.