The boys from North Allegheny High School have broken yet another National High School Record, this time in the 200 free relay. In finals on Wednesday at Bucknell University, the team of Jack Wright (20.24), Joel Songer (20.40), Rick Mihm (19.57), and Mason Gonzalez (19.39) combined for a 1:19.60, which breaks their own National Public School Record set in December at 1:20.46.
That record-setting relay included Andrew Zhang as the 2nd leg; at Wednesday’s state meet, he was swapped out for Joel Songer. The swim also breaks the group’s best time of 1:19.83 from the Winter Junior Championships East. Mason Gonzalez, who had been leading-off the team’s relays, shifted to the anchor and thrived with a 19.39 split. He also won the individual 50 in 19.99.
|NEW RECORD||OlD RECORD||WINTER JRS TIME|
|North Allegheny||North Allegheny||North Allegheny|
|Jack Wright (2024)||Mason Gonzalez (20.37)||Mason Gonzalez (20.34)|
|Joel Songer (20.40)||Andrew Zhang (20.33)||Rick Mihm (19.68)|
|Rick Mihm (19.57)||Rick Mihm (19.94)||Andrew Zhang (20.20)|
|Mason Gonzalez (19.39)||Jack Wright (19.82)||Jack Wright (19.61)|
Zheng swam on North Allegheny’s 200 medley relay, which also won in 1:31.14, and led that relay off in a 22.69 backstroke split.
A different, but overlapping, North Allegheny group previously broke this record in March of 2017 swimming a 1:20.95 at last year’s state meet.
The overall and independent high school records still belong to the Bolles School from 2012. The quarter of Ryan Murphy, Joseph Schooling, Emiro Goossen, and Santo Condorelli, a relay that had 3 Olympic-finalists-to-be on it, swam a 1:19.27 in Florida.
Pennsylvania is one of the few states that split their state championship in the middle, meaning half of the events are swum prelims/finals on one day, and the other half the next. That’s as compared to the traditional format, that has prelims of all events one day, and finals of all events the next.