PHOENIX, Arizona, July 12. AS part of our 11-day series highlighting the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association’s release of the 2013-14 All-America lists, Swimming World will also be looking at the history of each event that is part of the high school schedule. Today, we’re looking at the 100-yard fly. Tustin’s Michael Cavic and Shadow Mountain’s Misty Hyman both had mind-bending swims in the event during their high school careers.
In 2008, Michael Cavic was part of one of the greatest finishes of all time when he finished just .01 behind Michael Phelps in the 100-meter fly at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In a photo finish, Phelps picked off Cavic by a fingernail to keep hope alive for an unprecedented eight gold medal haul.
But, before he was an Olympic silver medalist, Cavic won Swimming World’s High School Swimmer of the Year award in 2002 after clocking one of the most amazing 100-yard fly performances of all time in high school.
As part of an incredible year in 2002 when he posted four nation-leading times and two national records, Cavic raced his way to the national public school record with a 47.13 while swimming for Tustin High in Calif. He finished that year as the top swimmer in the country in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 100 fly with national public school marks in the 50 free and 100 fly.
His 100 fly time would remain competitive today as he would have finished fourth this year behind Joseph Schooling (45.52), Aaron Whitaker (46.31) and Andrew Liang (47.09). That’s pretty strong considering it’s 12 years later.
Notably, Cavic’s collegiate coach at California was Mike Bottom. Bottom had the top time in the 100-yard fly back in 1974 with a 49.3, and also guided Cavic to that silver medal against Phelps back in 2008.
BOYS 100 FLY TOP TIMES PER YEAR
1974, 49.3, Mike Bottom, Santa Clara
1975, 49.50, Sam Franklin, Tustin
1976, 49.14, Robert Hagberg, South Hadley
1977, 49.82, Tim Boyd, Farragut
1978, 49.47, David Wilson, Anderson
1979, 48.50, David Wilson, Anderson
1980, 49.25, Matthew Gribble, Miami Palmetto
1981, 49.382, Dave Bottom, San Ramon
1982, 48.49, Chris Rives, Memorial
1983, 48.065, Pablo Morales, Bellarmine Prep
1984, 48.82, Dave Cademartori, Northgate
1985, 48.93, Jay Mortenson, Madison West
1986, 48.49, Mark Fiorito, Redwood
1987, 47.60, Anthony Nesty, Bolles School
1988, 48.68, Melvin Stewart, Mercersburg
1989, 48.62, Tom Hay, Peters Township
1990, 49.12, Murray Easton, Winston Churchill
1991, 49.00, Uger Taner, Newport
1992, 48.14, Uger Taner, Newport
1993, 48.39, Jason Lancaster, Carmel
1994, 48.39, Jason Lancaster, Carmel
1995, 48.20, Martin Zielinski, Jefferson
1996, 48.68, Philippe Demers, Santa Margarita
1997, 47.10, Nate Dusing, Covington Catholic
1998, 48.17, Alex Lim, Bolles School
1999, 47.74, Alex Lim, Bolles School
2000, 47.64, Alex Lim, Bolles School
2001, 47.65, Jayme Cramer, Saint Xavier
2002, 47.13, Michael Cavic, Tustin
2003, 47.71, Kyle Bubolz, Waukesha North
2004, 48.29, Peter Carothers, Saint Xavier
2005, 48.76, Mark Dylla, Heritage
2006, 47.33, Ricky Berens, South Mecklenburg
2007, 47.10, Austin Staab, Westerville Central
2008, 48.26, Jordan Slaughter, Brentwood
2009, 47.08, Sean Fletcher, James Madison
2010, 47.55, Chase Bloch, Oaks Christian
2011, 47.14, Maclin Davis, Montgomery Bell
2012, 46.64, Maclin Davis, Montgomery Bell
2013, 46.54, Clark Smith, Regis Jesuit
2014, 45.52, Joseph Schooling, Bolles School
Even though the national high school record has moved into the 51-second range, there really is only one name synonymous with the girls 100-yard fly in high school competition historically – Misty Hyman. Her transcendent swims as a high schooler in 1996 actually led Swimming World to create the High School Swimmer of the Year award. In fact, it wasn’t until a year later that we began awarding both a male and a female award in 1997 when Hyman and Nate Dusing won their respective events.
In 1996, Hyman became just the second high schooler to break 54 seconds with a 53.49 to take down Jenna Johnson’s amazing 1984 time of 53.95.
A year later, Hyman took the time to a new level with a stunning 52.41 in 1997. It would take eight years before another swimmer (Dana Vollmer: 52.70 in 2005) would beat 53 seconds, and another six years before someone would surpass Hyman’s mark (Jasmine Tosky: 51.92 in 2011).
Similar to Cavic’s ahead-of-its-time performance, Hyman’s 52.41 would have ranked fourth in the nation this year in the NISCA All-American lists. Katie McLaughlin (51.78), Beata Nelson (52.06) and Jasmine Mau (52.23) would be the only swimmers faster than her this year.
GIRLS 100 FLY TOP TIMES PER YEAR
1974, 57.8, Rosemarie Seaman, Winter Park
1975, 57.67, Laurie Potter, North Allegheny
1976, 57.69, Holly Pate, Tokay
1977, 55.95, Nancy Hogshead, Jacksonville-Episcopal
1978, 55.20, Nancy Hogshead, Jacksonville-Episcopal
1979, 54.99, Jill Sterkel, Wilson
1980, 56.06, Mayumi Yokoyama, Royal Oak
1981, 55.058, Melanie Buddemeyer, Penn Hills
1982, 54.322, Melanie Buddemeyer, Penn Hills
1983, 54.02, Melanie Buddemeyer, Penn Hills
1984, 53.95, Jenna Johnson, Whittier Christian
1985, 55.27, Jenna Johnson, Whittier Christian
1986, 55.01, Michelle Griglione, TC Williams
1987, 55.17, Janel Jorgensen, Ridgefield
1988, 54.82, Janel Jorgensen, Ridgefield
1989, 55.01, Paige Wilson, Clarke Central
1990, 55.11, Tori DeSilvia, St. Andrew’s School
1991, 54.35, Richelle Depold, Scotia-Glenville
1992, 54.90, Stacy Potter, Americus
1993, 54.99, Lisa Coole, Guilford
1994, 55.15, Talor Bendel, Beechwood
1995, 55.72, Jodi Jackson, Punahou
1996, 53.49, Misty Hyman, Shadow Mountain
1997, 52.41, Misty Hyman, Shadow Mountain
1998, 54.11, Natalie Coughlin, Carondelet
1999, 54.90, Jana Krohn, Shadow Mountain
2000, 54.02, Natalie Coughlin, Carondelet
2001, 53.13, Mary DeScenza, Rosary
2002, 53.11, Mary DeScenza, Rosary
2003, 53.89, Whitney Myers, Ursuline
2004, 54.01, Amanda Sims, Montgomery
2005, 52.70, Dana Vollmer, Granbury
2006, 53.59, Amanda Sims, Montgomery
2007, 53.54, Tara Thomas, Beckman
2008, 52.44, Kathleen Hersey, Marist School
2009, 52.83, Lily Moldenhauer, Winston Churchill
2010, 52.43, Kendyl Stewart, La Costa Canyon
2011, 51.92, Jasmine Tosky, Palo Alto
2012, 52.36, Jasmine Tosky, Palo Alto
2013, 52.41, Danielle Nack, Mankato West
2014, 51.78, Katie McLaughlin, Santa Margarita Catholic
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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