LIVEBARN Race of the Week: Kaii Winkler Hits 1:32.68 in 200 Free For New National HS Record

Kaii Winkler kicked off his final high school swimming meet with a national high school record. At the FHSAA Class 1A State Championships, Winkler dominated his first event, the 200 free, torching a 1:32.68.

He is just the fifth American high schooler to go under 1:33 in the event. He joins Drew Kibler, Carson Foster, Aaron Shackelland Henry McFadden in the elite club. The swim was a best by .63 seconds, bettering his 1:33.28 from March 2023.

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It was Shackell’s national high school record that Winkler broke. Shackell set his standard at 1:32.85 earlier this year in February.

Splits Comparison: Winkler vs. Shackell

50 free 21.18 21.46
100 free 44.71 (23.53) 44.81 (23.35)
150 free 1:08.44 (23.73) 1:08.75 (23.94)
200 free 1:32.68 (24.24) 1:32.85 (24.10)

It was Winkler’s first and third 50s that helped him break Shackell’s record by .17 seconds. He was out .28 seconds faster than Shackell’s, which gave him the padding he needed as Shackell’s pace crept up on him in the final 50 yards.

Part of what makes the swim so impressive is that it comes just four months after he suffered fractures in his left wrist and right elbow after he was hit by a car right before the 2023 U.S. National Championships in June. He was far from finished though, setting a second national high school record in the 100 freestyle (42.14). He swam another personal best in the 100 fly (46.33).


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5 months ago

Taking 8 strokes a lap eating a lot of water

Baeleb Dressel
5 months ago

6 guys under 1:40 is pretty crazy Hs state final

5 months ago

Proof that you don’t need a ton of muscle mass to swim fast. Dude eats up a lot of water with each stroke.

Petrashov Fan
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
5 months ago

Don’t think anyone said you did?

Reply to  Petrashov Fan
5 months ago

Dressel did just recently

Reply to  Petrashov Fan
5 months ago

Hwang Sunwoo also
“I was completely gassed after the National Sports Festival. And over the past five days, I managed to gain some weight back and add muscle too. I enjoyed my time off, and I am back healthy now.” 

Lisa Simpson
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
5 months ago

We already knew that since PVDH time.

5 months ago

Any vid of Lukas 4:17 yet.

Reply to  Swim2win
5 months ago

No 🙁

Lisa Simpson
5 months ago

The next Popovici

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