Twice as Nice: Burns Also Breaks 200 Free National High School Record

For the 2nd time in the same night, the National Public High School Record in the 200 short course meters freestyle has been broken. Pending ratification of both records (both swims came in in pools previously certified for records), Brendan Burns will emerge with the record at the end of the day after his 1:48.47.

Burns, an Indiana commit, is a senior at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania swam his time in a dual meet against Garnet Valley High School. His swim was faster than the 1:51.15 that junior Destin Lasco posted in a dual meet against Egg Harbor, also on Tuesday evening, in New Jersey. Burns’ meet was scheduled to start at 3:45, while Lasco’s was scheduled to start at 4:00 – so barring any time-stamped evidence, the best we can declare with certainty is that both swimmers were faster than the old record, and that Burns will end the day with the record.

The record coming into the day was the 2nd-oldest on the NISCA National High School Record books. The old mark of 1:51.58 was set by John Kennedy of St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, New Jersey. He swam his time of 1:51.58 on January 14th, 1988. The only remaining standing record from pre-2000 is Jeff Kostoff’s public school record in the 500 free, which was set in May of 1983.

This is Burns’ 2nd National High School Record, adding to his previous record in the 100 short course meters fly. He swam a 52.41 in the same pool on January 22nd, 2018.

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Was Lasco suited up?


This sort of reminds me of the Indiana University dual meet a few years ago where they set up the pool in a 20-yard configuration, so that the teams could race to beat the 20-yard pool American records that were still on the books from the ’60’s or whatever.


Three words. Dressel 20 yards. don’t hate on me for saying it everyone who read this thought it. Really just a dual meet in 20 yards would be cool to watch.


And what about the old 55 yard pool records? AAU recognized those up until the late 60s or early 70s. But most of us who swam those meet also remember that that was before the widespread use of turbulence reducing lane lines – generally all the old 20 year course and 55 yard course records were swum with rope lane lines supported by a scattering of flotation buoys.


Penn still has a 55 yd pool. Maybe they should hold a meet just to take down some records, albeit unofficially since it seems official records are no longer kept.


Back in the 1940s and 1950s Detroit was a hotbed for HS swimming. Their pools were 33 1/3 yards.


There is a club in our summer swimming league that is 33 1/3. My 5 year old daughter swam a “25” fly in it and looked at me like I had two heads when I asked her if the pool felt longer 😂


Does anyone care


That was goddamn impressive


I acknowledge it was fast but these records are just kinda consolation prizes compared to the yards ones


It is well off of the Junior WR

Tammy Touchpad Error

No especially considering Seli was 1:43 in canada in HS. 1:48 aint no record even in LCM.

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