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PHOENIX, Arizona, July 9. TWO of the top high school swimmers in the country stood atop the mountain in the 200-yard freestyle this year on the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-American lists. Stone Ridge's Katie Ledecky, the premiere distance swimmer in the world, and Clay's Caeleb Dressel put in the best 200-yard freestyles in high school competition this past year.
As part of one of the best high school swimming performances in history at the D.C. Metro High School Championships, Ledecky took down the girls 200-yard freestyle mark with a stunning 1:42.38. That swim edged the 1:42.81 set by Dagny Knutson back in 2008.
Here is video of Ledecky's record-breaking swim:
The swim came the day after Ledecky's jaw-dropping American record in the 500-yard freestyle, which will be featured fully later this week.
Meanwhile, Dressel put up the fastest 200-yard free time in the country by a full second with his 1:34.69 at the Florida State 2A High School Championships. The swim was part of an impressive evening of action in Stuart, Fla. Dressel broke the 50-yard free national record with a 19.29 leadoff on the 200 free relay, and also won the 100 fly in 45.99. He threw in a 43.39 leadoff leg in the 400 free relay as well.
We don't have video of Dressel's 200-yard free swim, but here's a fun clip of his club team (Bolles) watching him win gold at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships last summer:
Although Ledecky and Dressel were head-and-shoulders above the rest of the country in the 200 frees this year, there was still some pretty impressive swims going on throughout the rest of the country. Here's a look at the top eight swimmers in the 200-yard freestyle for a glimpse into the future of our sport, including a pair of freshman making the top eight with Saint Xavier's Grant House and West York Area's Courtney Harnish making the grade.
Boys 200 freestyle Top 8
1, 1:34.69, Caeleb Dressel (12), Clay High School
2, 1:35.69, Maxime Rooney (10), Granada High School
3, 1:35.76, Andrew Seliskar (11), Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Tech
4, 1:35.84, Grant House (9), Saint Xavier High School
5, 1:35.99, Grant Shoults (10), Santa Margarita Catholic High School
6, 1:36.16, Kyle Coan (12), Los Osos High School
7, 1:36.80, Nick Silverthorn (12), Granada High School
8, 1:37.06, Nathan Mueller (12), Highlands Ranch High School
Girls 200 freestyle Top 8
1, 1:42.38, Katie Ledecky (11), Stone Ridge School
2, 1:44.66, Kathryn McLaughlin (11), Santa Margarita Catholic High School
3, 1:45.91, Courtney Harnish (9), West York Area High School
4, 1:46.51, Megan Moroney (11), Saint Andrew's School
5, 1:46.80, Abby Jagdfeld (12), Waukesha South High School
6, 1:46.95, Claire Adams (10), Carmel High School
7, 1:46.98, Kirsten Jacobsen (10), Barrington High School
8, 1:47.10, Jennifer Campbell (11), Gunn High School
2013-14 NISCA Girls High School All-Americans
2013-14 NISCA Boys High School All-Americans
NOTE: All America times have to be submitted to NISCA by a certain deadline in order to make the 2014 All-American list. Coaches can submit times here: http://www.niscaonline.org/aaswimming/. Corrections can also be submitted to NISCA via three emails: Boys Swimming contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; Girls Swimming contact: email@example.com; Boys and Girls Diving contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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