Bolles, Carmel Top Exciting 200 Free Relay High School All-Americans Rankings

Bolles swimmers cheering on their teammate.
Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The boys’ 200 freestyle relay for the 2014-2015 U.S. high school season resulted in a close virtual race, as the top five teams all notched times within four tenths of each other. But for Carmel High School on the girls side, it was a runaway as the team scored a national record and outpaced the field by almost three seconds.

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In what is turning out to be another display of the team’s tradition of strong relays, Bolles School took the top time in the nation in the 200 free relay with a 1:22.54. While it doesn’t approach the national high school record of 1:19.27 by the Bolles squad of 2012 that included Ryan Murphy and Joseph Schooling, it’s good enough to give Bolles a spot at the top of the relay mountain.

LaSalle College High School, in a bid to win the Pennsylvania state championships, posted a swift 1:22.70 to rank second in the nation. Two Virginia schools battled in 6A high school state championships in February in the 200 free relay, and produced outstanding times that rank third and fourth nationally. Oakton High Schoolrecorded a 1:22.89 to beat Robinson Secondary School’s 1:22.93. The anchor legs for both teams featured Nation’s Capital Swim Club teammates John Shebat (Oakton) and James Jones (Robinson).

Upper St. Clair High School gave Pennsylvania another swim under 1:23 in the relay, as the Ryan Dudzinski-led team swam a 1:22.99 for fifth place in the national standings.

Boys 200 Freestyle Relay National Top 8 (Mobile users: Click the “+” to expand content)

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Another dominating performance by Carmel High School produced a national high school record in the girls 200 free relay, beating the rest of the nation by two boy lengths. The team of Veronica Burchill, Claire Adams, Kendall Smith and Gerturde Rothrock combined for an incredible 1:30.72. Putting the time into perspective, the team was unable to use star sprinter Amy Bilquist, but the squad was able to lower the previous national record of 1:31.18 by the Baylor School from three years ago.

Bolles School and Verona/Mount Horeb Co-Op swam their 200 free relays last November, but 1,300 miles apart. Despite the distance, the teams managed to produce a tie for second place nationally with a 1:33.51 from both squads. Bolles’ team included rising star Kasey Schmidt as the leadoff swimmer, while Verona used mega-talent Beata Nelson on their anchor leg.

Three other girls teams also broke 1:34 in another exciting year for the sprint relay. North Allegheny High School (1:33.76), Edina High School (1:33.80) and Palo Alto High School (1:33.88) rounded out the top six in the national ranks of high school All-Americans.

Girls 200 Freestyle Relay National Top 8 (Mobile users: Click the “+” to expand content)

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2014-15 NISCA Girls High School All-Americans

2014-15 NISCA Boys High School All-Americans

NOTE: In order to be considered for All America selection, swimmers must qualify with a time standard and an application must be submitted to NISCA. See the NISCA website (www.niscaonline.org) for more information about time standards and application submission. Corrections can also be submitted to NISCA via three emails: Boys Swimming contact: boysswaa@niscaonline.org; Girls Swimming contact: girlsswaa@niscaonline.org; Boys and Girls Diving contact: aadiving@niscaonline.org

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