Swimming in his final meet for the Bolles School, Alex Lim lowered his own national high school record last Thursday, November 18. Lim, who will represent Malaysia in the 2000 Olympic Games, stroked the 100 yard backstroke in a phenomenal 46.82 seconds, slashing 15-hundredths of a second off the record he set last year. The time came at the Florida 4A H.S. Boys State Swimming Championships. Bolles won the title with 598 points.
Lim split 22.51 for his first 50 yards, coming home in 26.31. Lim’s 46.97 last year was faster than the winning NCAA time.
Lim also set a state 4A record in the 100 yard fly, clocking 47.64 to better the 47.74 he swam last year. The time is the third fastest in high school swimming history behind Nate Dusing’s national record of 47.10 and Anthony Nesty’s former mark of 47.60.
Lim also played a key role in Bolles’ state record-breaking relay swims. In the 200 yd medley relay, the all-senior team of Lim (back-21.70), B. McAuliffe (breast-26.54), Jeff Boatright (fly-22.77) and Luke Anderson (free-20.51) clocked 1:31.62, breaking the state record of 1:31.70 set by Bolles last year. The national mark, 1:31.10, was set by Mercersburg Academy in 1992.
In the 400 yd freestyle relay, the Bolles squad of Mike Salerno (46.14), Clay Kirkland (44.34), Damian Alleyne (46.12) and Lim (45.20) touched in 3:01.80, bettering the state 4A record of 3:02.12 set by Bolles last year. A 1991 Bolles team holds the national record of 2:59.98.
Bolles sophomore Damian Alleyne set the final state 4A mark when he cruised the 500 yard freestyle in 4:25.13, cracking the 4:27.00 standard set by Nuk Sirisanont in 1993.