NISCA, the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, has announced they will be holding a “Quarantine May Madness”. The event will feature both a girls and boys bracket of high schools all-time best dual meet teams. Meets will be simulated based on best times swum during the team’s regular high school season, including state championship meets. Times must be done while representing your high school to count – no club meet times allowed. You don’t have to be a NISCA member to participate.
The meets will be swum under traditional dual meet rules, with each swimmer being limited to four events and only two individual races. Each athlete will only be allowed to swim on one relay for a particular event, meaning someone’s time couldn’t be used as the backstroke leg of the “A” 200 Medley and the breastroke leg of the “B”.
The meet will be scored using the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) 6-lane, dual meet scoring. This means that relays will be scored 8-4-2 while individual events will be scored as 6-4-3-2-1. Each round will be scored separately, with the winners advancing through the bracket to reach the championship meet.
On the men’s side, an early front-runner for the number one overall seed would be The Bolles School in Florida. Bolles has won the FHSAA 1A State Championships every year since 1987, making them the winningest team in Florida, at least, for the past 32 years. Notable alumni of Bolles include Santo Condorelli, Ryan Murphy, and Joseph Schooling. With four Olympic gold medals and countless other medals from international and NCAA competition, these three highlight an incredibly deep roster of Bolles men.
The woman’s front runner is a school with just as historic of a winnning streak. The Carmel High School girls have clinched the IHSAA (Indiana High School) Girls Swimming and Diving State Championships every year for the past 34 seasons. In 2019 they finished with over double the second place finishers final score. Carmel’s noteable alumni include NCAA finalist Claire Adams and 2019 US 100 back Nationial Champion Amy Biquist. The woman’s field is much less clear cut as schools like Harpeth Hall (Gretchen and Alex Walsh, though not the same long history) and Stone Ridge (Katie Ledecky and Phoebe Bacon) both boast two swimmers who currently hold individual national high school records.