2022 FHSAA 1A CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Nov. 17-18
- Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center
- Stuart, Florida
- SCY (25 yards)
- Results on MeetMobile: “2022 FHSAA Swimming & Diving Championship-1A”
Come for Kaii Winkler‘s effortless freestyle stroke, stay for his splashy celebration after breaking the 15-16 National Age Group (NAG) record in the 100-yard freestyle earlier this month at the Florida 1A High School Championships.
The homeschooled 16-year-old began the finals session by throwing down an impressive 18.98 freestyle anchor split in the boys 200-yard medley relay. Winkler’s South Florida Heat squad placed second out of lane five (lane one is closest to the camera).
Then only about 10 minutes later, Winkler won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:34.18, breaking Caeleb Dressel‘s Florida high school record of 1:34.69 from nine years ago. Swimming as the top seed out of lane four, he shaved over a second off his previous best 1:35.41 from March.
Winkler was just getting started. In the 100 free final, he clocked a 42.52 to reset the 15-16 NAG record set by Ryan Hoffer in 2014. In the process, he also broke a decade-old Florida high school record (42.95) belonging to Ryan Murphy. The record-breaking win was certainly deserving of a huge celebration afterward (lane four).
Winkler is now just a couple tenths away from the national high school record of 42.34 held by David Nolan since 2011. It was his first time sub-43 as he improved upon his previous best of 43.04 from March.
Winkler is continuing his momentum from the Junior Pan Pacs in August, when he brought home a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle (22.50) and helped the 400 free relay team set a world junior record. He anchored the relay with a 48.95 to help the U.S. take down the previous mark by just one one-hundredth of a second.
Winkler, who competes at the club level for Eagle Aquatics, was ranked as the No. 3 recruit in SwimSwam’s way-too-early rankings for the class of 2024.