Virginia commit Caitlin Cooper has broken the Georgia State High School record in the 50 free this morning in prelims of the 2014 1A-5A State Championship meet with a 22.75 to take the top seed by .99 seconds. That breaks three-time Olympic medalist Amanda Weir’s overall state record set in 2003 at 22.91 when she swam for Brookwood High School.
Cooper, a senior at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, had never broken 23.00 until Friday morning’s swim.
The 6A (big school) finals will be swum this afternoon, with final sessions of both meets coming on Saturday. We will check back with a full report after the prelims of this meet are completed. Other notable news so far is that Michigan commit Paul Powers, who has a shot at taking a run at the National High School Record, did not swim the 50 free individually; his brother, junior Ty Powers, is the top seed there in 20.51.
Paul will swim the 100 free and 100 back individually, and led off the team’s 200 medley relay in a 22.45 so far.
The full record history in the state of Georgia, thanks to the Georgia High School Swim Coaches Association:
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle –
|1957||28.40||North Fulton||Dot Davis|
|1977||25.45||Campbell – Smyrna||Blynn Higgins|