Matheny Breaks NFHS (But Not NISCA) 100 BR Record at PIAA 3A Champs – 51.84


  • March 20, 2021
  • Mechanicsburg, PA (Cumberland Valley HS)
  • Short course yards (SCY)
  • Results

At the Pennsylvania High School 3A State Championships yesterday, Upper St. Clair’s Joshua Matheny broke the national high school record in the 100 breaststroke. His time of 51.84 snapped his own mark of 52.52, a time he set at this meet in 2019.

It’s important to note that this is the national record recognized by NFHS, one of two major high school sports federations that keeps official records. The other is NISCA, which recognizes the record as Max McHugh‘s 51.62 from 2016.

Matheny’s time yesterday won the race by over three seconds. He split 24.36/27.48 on his swim, going out hard and still coming back under 28. In his other individual event, the 200 IM, he was the only finisher under 1:50 at 1:47.54.

On the 200 medley relay, Matheny helped Upper St. Clair to the state title with a quick 23.36 breast split.

Matheny’s old NFHS record of 52.52 sits #4 on the all-time top performers list in the 15-16 age group. Now in the 17-18 age group, he moves from #9, with his old best of 52.02 from outside of high school competition, to #8. The NAG record is within reach: Reece Whitley holds it at 51.16 from 2018.

Matheny is a commit to Indiana’s incoming freshman class.

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6 months ago

I thought he went 1:47.54 in the 200 breast and almost died

6 months ago

Why is McHugh’s time not recognized by NFHS?

Reply to  Ferb
6 months ago

They never respond to explain in the singular, but it’s usually a paperwork issue.

6 months ago

That relay spilt shows that he probably has some more speed in the tank and could hit that 51.1

Sink or Swim
6 months ago

Matheny’s stroke looks great for long course. Lots of power and building momentum. Can’t wait to see how he does going forward – best of luck to him!

Brody Heckman
6 months ago

Reece Whitley 51.16 100 breast at Easterns in 2018??? He went 51.16. Why isn’t that the NFHS record

Reply to  Brody Heckman
6 months ago

He did it in out of school competition.

Former Swimmer
Reply to  Petar
6 months ago

Easterns is the high school championships for Mid-Atlantic East Coast private schools. It’s a high school meet just like the PIAA champs are for those schools in that organization. Whitley’s time is the national prep record and overall Pennsylvania high school and overall national record.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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