Kaii Winkler Breaks National HS Record in 200 Free (1:32.68) 4 Months After Wrist Fracture

by Riley Overend 12

November 04th, 2023 High School, News, Records

FHSAA Class 1A State Championships

  • Nov. 3-4, 2023
  • Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training (FAST)
    • Ocala, Florida
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results on MeetMobile: “2023 FHSAA Swimming & Diving Championship-1A”

Kaii Winkler started off his final high school swimming meet with an overall national high school record in the 200-yard freestyle, dominating the FHSAA Class 1A State Championships with a winning time of 1:32.68 on Saturday afternoon.

The South Florida HEAT 17-year-old took down Cal freshman Aaron Shackell‘s previous national high school record of 1:32.85 from February. Before Shackell held the record, Carson Foster owned the national high school standard at 1:32.99. Winkler, an NC State commit, dropped six-tenths of a second off his previous-best 1:33.28 from March in the process.

Splits Comparison

Kaii Winkler, Nov. 2023 Aaron Shackell, Feb. 2023
50 free 21.48 21.46
100 free 44.71 44.81
150 free 1:08.44 1:08.75
200 free 1:32.68 1:32.85

Just about four months ago, Winkler suffered fractures in his left wrist and right elbow after he was hit by a car on his way home from morning practice in late June — right before the 2023 U.S. National Championships. He went 1:34.18 to win the state title in the 200 free as a junior last year.

Winkler also won the 100 fly on Saturday in a time of 46.33, shaving more than half a second off his previous-best 46.94 from March. He is slated to conclude his high school career with the 200 free relay and 400 free relay, where he’ll presumably have a chance to break another national high school record with his 100 free leadoff. Winkler’s personal-best 41.96 from March is under the national standard of 42.34 set by David Nolan back in 2011.

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5 months ago

Winkler, Williamson and Heilman are making the Olympic team, calling it right now

5 months ago

That’s insane

5 months ago

He was back in the pool right after his wrist injury kicking and working his underwaters. That’s a championship mentality. Congrats and well deserved!

5 months ago

Is the meet over yet?

5 months ago

He should go to asu

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5 months ago

Wow….. UVA make room for one more

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5 months ago

That’s a funny way to spell NC State

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5 months ago

I would hope not. Desorbo would turn him into a pure 50 freestyler

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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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