Kaii Winkler Breaks Caeleb Dressel’s 200 FR FHSAA Record, Then Sets 100 FR NAG Mark

by Riley Overend 11

November 18th, 2022 High School, News, Records

2022 FHSAA 1A Championships

  • Nov. 17-18
  • Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center
    • Stuart, Florida
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2022 FHSAA Swimming & Diving Championship-1A”

Kaii Winkler had quite a day at the Florida 1A High School Championships on Friday.

The homeschooled 16-year-old began the finals session by throwing down an impressive 18.98 freestyle anchor split in the boys 200-yard medley relay. Then about 10 minutes later, Winkler won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:34.18, breaking Caeleb Dressel‘s Florida high school record of 1:34.69 from nine years ago. He shaved over a second off his previous best 1:35.41 from March.

Winkler was just getting started. In the 100 free final, he clocked a 42.52 to reset the 15-16 National Age Group (NAG) record set by Ryan Hoffer in 2014. In the process, he also broke a decade-old Florida high school record (42.95) belonging to Ryan Murphy.

Winkler is now just a couple tenths away from the national high school record of 42.34 held by David Nolan since 2011. It was his first time sub-43 as he improved upon his previous best of 43.04 from March.

Winkler is continuing his momentum from the Junior Pan Pacs in August, when he brought home a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle and helped the 400 free relay team set a world junior record.

Winkler, who competes at the club level for Eagle Aquatics, was ranked as the No. 3 recruit in SwimSwam’s way-too-early rankings for the class of 2024.

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11 days ago

What universities are on his radar?

14 days ago

Same body type as Popovici! Impressive.

14 days ago

built like high-school dressel too

14 days ago

Hoffer’s 41.23 is still insane i wonder if he’ll be able to get there in two years

Reply to  bubo
13 days ago

What’s insane was he did that when he was 17

14 days ago

These swims these kids are throwing down are ridiculous. The group of Winkler, Maximus Williamson, Diehl, and Heilman is gonna be fun to watch through their ncaa careers

Reply to  Swim2win
13 days ago

I heard a rumor they were all planning on attending the same school.

14 days ago

Awesome swims. How does his participation in the meet work if he is homeschooled?

Reply to  Queens
14 days ago

In the state of florida homeschoolers can complete for any public school in their local area. In his case South Florida Heat is a team strictly limited to homeschoolers.

Last edited 14 days ago by Swimdad
Reply to  Swimdad
14 days ago

I had no idea that was the rule, very cool though. such a simple, elegant solution that (hopefully) benefits the student athletes experience

Martha Padreda
Reply to  Swimdad
13 days ago

Team also includes students attending Broward Virtual School not only homeschoolers. BVS is part of the Broward County School system.

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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