The Pingry School’s Roman Jones Downs National Independent HS Record – 53.22 SCM 100 FL

by Spencer Penland 12

January 24th, 2023 High School, News

The Pingry School senior and Cal swimming recruit Roman Jones cracked a National Independant School Record yesterday in a dual meet with North Hunterdon. The meet was SCM (Short Course Meters), while traditionally high school swimming in the USA is done in yards (SCY). That being said, SCM high school meets are a bit more common on the East coast, in particular in the New Jersey area.

Jones won the boys SCM 100 fly with a 53.22 on Monday evening, shattering the previous NISCA National Independant High School Record. The previous record was a 54.12, which was held by Joshua Zuchowski from August of 2021.

SwimSwam has, as of the time of posting, been unable to track down a copy of the results for the meet. However, The Pingry School’s Athletics Instagram account posted a congratulatory post for Jones’ breaking the record, which includes a video of the race. Unfortunately, the video doesn’t show the scoreboard at the end of the race. I (the author of this article) hand timed the video three times on my stopwatch, and the average of my times came out to 53.27, including an average split of 24.49 split on the first 50 and 28.78 on the second.

While we wait for a copy of the official results, please feel free to hand time the race yourselves and let us know what you came up with in the comments. The Instagram post is below, move to the second slide of the post for the video.

UPDATE: We found a copy of the meet results, which you can view here. They don’t show splits, but the results do show Jones’ official time at 53.22.

The overall National High School Record in the 100 meter fly is 52.41, belonging to Pennsylvanian Brendan Burns (Conestoga High) from 2018. Burns attended a public high school, as compared to Pingry, which is a private school.

Jones is one of the top recruits in the class of 2023. He’s an incredibly versatile sprinter, who has put up top of the class times in the 100s of all four strokes. Here are Jones’ lifetime bests in SCY (yards):

  • 50 free – 19.92
  • 100 free – 43.17
  • 200 free – 1:38.87
  • 100 back – 46.24
  • 100 fly – 46.30
  • 100 breast – 53.82

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Gummy Shark
12 days ago

He picked up his son from school and contributed to his 401K after the race lol

12 days ago

Great swim! #GoBears! Congrats

12 days ago

Wow! What’s his 200IM like? Bet his 100IM would be smokin’

12 days ago

That was a dominating swim.
Are there separate public HS records for SCM?

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
12 days ago

Answering my own question, yes there are and the equivalent public hs record is 52.41 by Brendon Burns in 2018.

Dr Bruce Lawrie
12 days ago

Great swim Roman, well done!

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
12 days ago

My guy needs to put his head down

12 days ago

A few elite guys have come out of the Pingry School!

Hs swim fan
Reply to  Ghost
12 days ago

Yes, it is quite obvious that the coaching at Pingry Is second to none. I hope we get practice and pancakes out to their practice ASAP

Reply to  Ghost
12 days ago

Nic Fink and Matt Fallon also attended Pingry! Probably others I don’t know about)

Ice Golem
Reply to  Ghost
12 days ago

Including goat d3 phenom Joe Castagno!

Reply to  Ghost
12 days ago

Too bad they all train with their club and not with Pingry year round. Clubs around them must be good!

Last edited 12 days ago by TheIckabog