Steven Stumph Crushes National H.S. Swimming Mark; Fastest H.S. Heat Ever

CONCORD, California, May 18. IN the fastest high school heat ever in a 100-yard breaststroke event, Campolindo's Steven Stumph took down the national high school record in the event at the California Interscholastic Federation's North Coast Sectional championships.

Stumph, who tied Brendan Hansen's 2000 national public school record of 53.67 during prelims, scorched the finale with a blazing time of 53.39. That effort downed the overall national record of 53.66 previously owned by Seattle Prep's Patrick Fowler since way back in 1998.

Stumph had some serious company in the finale as the three fastest high school swims of all time went down in Concord this afternoon. Miramonte's Charlie Wiser raced to a blazing time of 53.57, while Granada's Nick Silverthorn clocked a third-place 53.61, also under Fowler's record.

Stumph: 25.21, 28.18: 53.39
Wiser: 25.64, 27.93: 53.57
Silverthorn: 25.26, 28.35: 53.61

Yesterday was the first time Stumph had cleared 54 seconds, as his previous lifetime best had been a 54.06 at the 2012 PC NCS Championships. Heading into this weekend, Wiser's best time had been a 55.27 from 2011, a time he eclipsed in prelims with a 54.84. Silverthorn had been 54.34 at 2012 Speedo Sectionals before this weekend for his personal best.

Stumph is heading to the University of Southern California following this season, and will help to fill the void in breaststroke left by Vlad Morozov turning pro earlier this year.

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