Virginia Commit Caitlin Cooper Breaks Amanda Weir’s Georgia State Record

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 –
1953 28.40 Northside Penelope Barnett
1957 28.40 North Fulton Dot Davis
1962 27.90 Westminster Nancy Barwick
1963 27.80 Westminster Nancy Barwick
1964 27.40 Westminster Susan West
1966 26.44 Lakeside Pat Shanahan
1974 26.44 Westminster Kathryn Bridges
1975 25.61 Dunwoody Jerri Hubsch
1976 25.59 Dunwoody Jerri Hubsch
1977 25.45 Campbell – Smyrna Blynn Higgins
1978 25.01 Peachtree Callie Emery
1979 24.65 Peachtree Callie Emery
1984 24.49 Henderson Valerie Williams
1985 24.16 Tucker Karla Mosdell
1987 23.88 Lassiter Debbie Kinsley
1995 23.72 Westminster Ashley Chandler
1996 23.57 Westminster Ashley Chandler
2003 22.91 Brookwood Amanda Weir

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ole 99

G. Bentz goes 48.60 in the 100 fly
P. Powers goes 43.66 in the 100 free

ole 99

Powers leads off the 200 free relay in 19.63.


Anyone have link to results

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