SACRAMENTO, California, May 17. AFTER first being kicked out of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championships due to a club participation rule, Connor Hoppe capitalized on his second chance with a national public school record in the 100 breaststroke.
Tonight, at the sectional championships, the California freshman-to-be raced his way to a 53.06 in the 100-yard breaststroke. It comes less than a week after the Golden Valley High School swimmer was ruled to be in violation of a section rule that forbid swimmers from representing their USA Swimming clubs during the high school season. Hoppe and his brother Cameron appealed the decision, and both were allowed to swim this weekend.
The time beats the national public school record of 53.24 set in February by Andrew Seliskar in Virginia. Hoppe was out than Seliskar at the 50-yard mark, 25.07 to Seliskar’s 24.90. Hoppe rallied with an amazing 27.99 split to bring the record back to California. Before Seliskar, the public school record belonged to Steven Stumph from Campolindo High with a 53.39.
Hoppe wasn’t able to eclipse the overall national high school record of 52.92, set by Jacob Molacek at the Nebraska championships in February.