Watch Bacon’s 51.3 100 Back/52.8 100 Fly at 2020 ISL HS Champs (Full Recap)


  • Jan. 24, 2020
  • McLean, Virginia
  • Short Course Yards
  • Full Results on Meet Mobile

Stone Ridge’s Phoebe Bacon and Erin Gemmell put on a show Saturday at the 2020 Independent School League Swimming Championships. First, they combined with Eleanor Sun (breast- 30.05) and Tia Thomas (free- 23.76) to win the 200 medley relay in a new League Record of 1:43.62. Bacon led them off with a 24.52 back split, while Gemmell put up a 25.29 on the fly. Check out the race video below and read on for a recap of the meet and more videos of the individual highlights.


Individually, Bacon set 2 League Records. Bacon, a Pan American Games and U.S. Open Champion, was over 4 seconds ahead of the field as she touched in 52.84. That’s about a second shy of her best from last month’s NCAP invite. She returned to win the 100 back, again dominating with a 51.32. That’s just over half a second from her best, which was set at the same invite last month. It’s also a new National High School Record, breaking the former mark held by Olivia Smoliga. In addition to her individual wins, Bacon split a 49.19 to anchor Stone Ridge’s 400 free relay (3:26.16)to a new League Record.



Gemmell, daughter of U.S. Olympic coach Bruce Gemmell and sister of U.S. Olympian Andrew Gemmell, broke 50 seconds to set a new Meet Record in the 100 free. Her 49.92 within 4 tenths of her lifetime best from 2019 NCSAs. She won the 200 free in 1:46.90, also within tenths of her best from last year’s NCSA Meet. Her final swim of the meet was a 22.45 anchor split on Stone Ridge’s 200 free relay as the team took down the League Record in 1:35.07.



After contributing to the winning 200 medley relay, freshman Sun went on to narrowly miss the Meet Record with a 2:04.34 in the 200 IM. She clipped her lifetime best in the 100 breast, posting a 1:03.85 to win it. Sun also split a 23.99 on the 3rd leg of the 200 free relay.

Madeira Varsity’s Sofie Davis and The Holton-Arms School’s Sophie Duncan were also individual event winners. Davis won the 50 free, just hundredths away from her best time in 24.09. Duncan knocked almost 4 seconds off her best in the 500 free, winning in 4:51.71. Notably, every individual event winner at the meet is a club swimmer for NCAP.

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2 years ago

Bacon goes almost completely sideways on her backstroke breakouts….sometimes shes does it straight off the walls too…i remember noticing it during that relay at Pan Am’s were Cody DQ’d the relay thinking it might of been her

Sunny Cal
2 years ago

Seems a little ridiculous that she swims this high school league just to smoke everyone & blow them away….

Jason s
Reply to  Sunny Cal
2 years ago

So she doesnt get to have the high school swim experience just because shes fast??

Reply to  Jason s
2 years ago

but a fast suit at this meet?

2 years ago

They just love using this cover photo of Phoebe, huh

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Wow, the ISL is infiltrating HS now.

2 years ago

I felt so sorry for the girl Bacon out-touched that was only on her 50. Just imagine getting smoked like that

Reply to  Nate
2 years ago

Seriously. Getting lapped in a 100 is a tough assignment. But she can also say she swam next to Phoebe Bacon, so there’s that.

2 years ago

I’m probably late to the party here, but I see Phoebe’s breakouts in the backstroke are unusual. Is this the new thing, pulling the arm over the body before breaking the surface? First time I’m seeing this.

Chest Rockwell
Reply to  Jax
2 years ago

Matt K and the UTenn crew did some work with this a while ago and said it was measurably faster than conventional. I didn’t think it caught on though.

JJ Graham
Reply to  Chest Rockwell
2 years ago

Winner of the men’s 100 back at D3 nationals last year used those breakouts. (He also won the 100 fly with flip turns!)

Reply to  Jax
2 years ago

Kira Toussaint does it too

Reply to  Jax
2 years ago

Idk but those breakouts always look insane to me. She swims in the league that I coach in so I’ve seen it in person a few times and she always rockets off the walls. Can’t wait to see her at trials

Reply to  Jax
2 years ago

Thats not was shes doing…she just goes sideways….sometimes its not just off the breakouts but basically the entire turn right off the wall…shes gonna get called for that one day

Can tell
Reply to  Ervin
2 years ago

Yep, gonna be a passed 90degree call.

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