Olivia Smoliga Becomes First HS Girl Under 22 Seconds in 50 Free

  21 Braden Keith | November 17th, 2012 | High School, News

Olivia Smoliga from Glenbrook South High School entered this weekend’s Illinois High School State Championship meet with here eyes on a possible 100 backstroke National High School Record.

But do you remember how she didn’t swim that race at last year’s meet, because she wanted to improve upon her versatility, and therefore value to a college team, by focusing on her sprinting? Mission accomplished.

Smoliga swam a 21.99 in the finals of the 50 free to become the first high school female in history to go under 22 seconds. The future Georgia Bulldog took down the old public school, and overall, record held by Kara Lynn Joyce of 22.04 from ten years ago (almost to the day – November 22nd).

Smoliga is a future Georgia Bulldog, just like Joyce once was, and with this swim really enters the conversation alongside Missy Franklin and Lia Neal, the two Olympians, for the ultra-primo recruits in this class; certainly in yards. What’s more is that this meet is being swum at Evanston Township High School, which locals decry as a “slow pool”.

She’s got the 100 back to come still, where she was a 51.8 last night that leaves her a few tenths from Rachel Bootsma’s record in that race as well. We’ll update with a full meet recap when things wrap up in Illinois.

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Nostalgia and fond memories don’t justify defending these silly pools, nor does the completely subjective notion of “atmosphere” being so important.

How does the Illinois state meet compare to Ohio? I remember when the PA high school state meet was held at Penn State…Atmosphere was electric, and with the boys and girls swimming together the place was always packed.

Come to New Jersey state Championship plenty of seating available. Arrive 5 minutes before first relay plenty of seats. A 50 meter complex on entering the first section is virtually empty and can go right down to finish line and stand against rail at top of seating. The capacity is 500 but we have no hassle getting in or getting a seat. They way you accomplish this is not to score the meet as this is the only State to do so. They think they have the right idea.

as a former IHSA swimmer, i can attest, the atmosphere is truly unparalleled. grevers was definitely right in his comparison. you can hear a pin drop at the start. crazy tension in the air!


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