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.