The girls of North Canton Hoover High School in Canton, Ohio set a pair of national public high school records in the 200 meter medley and 200 meter free relays last week.
Both records were set at Hoover’s road dual meet with Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio. The short course meters meet kicked off with a 1:58.18 Hoover win in the girls 200 medley relay. That makes Hoover the first public school under two minutes in that event, as the previous record was a 2:00.24 set by Oakton High (of Virginia) in 2011. That Oakton team featured future NCAA standouts Janet Hu (Stanford) and Kaitlyn Pawlowicz (Texas).
Hoover’s team was made up of Kate Lochridge (30.51 back), Annie Lochridge (33.52 breast), Amanda Palutsis (28.20 fly) and Parker Timken (25.95 free). Annie Lochridge is a senior, while her younger sister Kate and Timken are sophomores and Palutsis is a junior.
The overall high school record remains with the Baylor School, which went 1:54.44 in 2008 and still holds the national independent high school record.
Later in the meet, Hoover returned to take down both the public school and overall 200 free relay record in 1:46.11. The old public school record was a 1:48.94 from 2011. That mark was also set by a Virginia high school – Langley High. The former overall high school record was a 1:46.98 from Florida’s Trinity Prep in 2015. That team remains in control of the national independent high school record in the event.
Hoover’s record-setting team once again featured Palutsis (leading off in 26.16), Kate Lochridge (swimming third and splitting 26.98) and Timken (anchoring in 25.76). In between was sophomore Caroline Ehlers, who swam second and split 27.21.