VIDEO: The Best High School Race You’ve Ever Seen

When I first got a text from Dean Ottati of the scoreboard after the men’s 100 yard breaststroke at the North Coast Section Championships on Saturday, I immediately sent it to Morgan Priestley and called him to ask what event he thought that was.

Morgan: “Let’s see..three 53’s? I’m not sure.”
Braden: “That’s a men’s 100 breaststroke. In High School. All Three were under the National Record.”
*Silence*
Morgan: “That’s a high school race? Dang, kids are so fast these days!”

What followed was an explosion of superlatives that probably aren’t fit for printing.

The result is almost unbelievable: Steven Stumph in 53.37, Charlie Wiser in 53.57, and Nick Silverthorn in 53.61 – all under the old National High School Record in the event.

Read Morgan’s full report here.

The scoreboard at the finish of the 2013 North Coast Section Championship meet, where three swimmers went under the National High School Record. Photo Courtesy: Robert Ashby

The scoreboard at the finish of the 2013 North Coast Section Championship meet, where three swimmers went under the National High School Record. Photo Courtesy: Robert Ashby

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breaststroker

looks to me like they do 2 dolphin kicks…downward kick to initiate the hands separating, beginning the pull-down, then the legs finish the motion…

WHOKNOWS

In the old days (1990’s), swimmers were not allowed to do even one dolphin kick… Record with an asteriks!

iLikePsych

People didn’t wear googles or have lane lines in the past. Better add two more stars for those as well.

It does look like a few kicks off the wall…it’s still awesome swims…no doubt nor cal swimming brings some great swims…not being a breaststroke swimmer it helps those with bad kicks and good underwater fly…the stroke is changing with the times…just like in the 90’s when the backstroke turn came into effect…awesome swimming…those guys would place in college…

breaststroker

I do agree that the 3 swims were great… It’d be nice to go back to no dolphin kick though because officials can’t differentiate between 1 or 2 kicks…

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