Lindsey Engel breaks Dara Torres’ 50 Free Record

Crean Lutheran Junior, Lindsey Engel clocked a winning time of 22.56 in the prelims of the 50 yard freestyle, securing the top seed by nearly 2 seconds and taking one of the most legendary swimming names off the top of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section D3 record list. Dara Torres’ 22.69 was set in 1985. Engel also broke the CIF SS D3 record in the 100 free with a :49.06, earning the top spot going into tomorrow’s finals.

She will head into tomorrow with for top seeds in the finals. On top of the 50 and 100 free, she lead off Crean Lutheran’s top seeded 200 medley with a :24.98, and anchored the top seeded 400 free relay in :48.95. Engel looks like she’s in a pretty good position to win 4 CIF SS D3 titles and maybe lower her records in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Did I mention that she’s only a Junior?


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Tom Miller

You don’t win state titles in California–there is no state championship.


Congratulations to Lindsey! And a junior to boot.


The CIF Southern Section is comprised of approx 330 high schools and is larger than most other state championships on it’s own. The overall top several times in each event are also mostly faster than nearly all other state championships. Therefore, many people and many collegiate program bio’s will say something like, “won a CIF State title in…”.

Congrats Lindsey!

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