Girls 100 Fly National Record Battle Highlights High School All-Americans List

Katie McLaughlin
Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

One of the exciting highlights of the 2014-2015 high school swimming season was the battle for ownership of the 100 butterfly national high school record, with some of the fastest times ever swum by teenagers posted as a result.

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Katie McLaughlin, a senior at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, came into the season as the national record holder with a 51.78. Beata Nelson, representing Verona/Mt. Hebron Co-Op in Wisconsin, was the first record setter in the event this season at her championships in November.

Nelson kicked things off with a blazing 51.70, beating McLaughlin’s record of 51.78 from May 2014. It was Nelson’s first time under 52 seconds, and was also a USA Swimming national age group record.

Beata Nelson’s 51.70 100 butterfly

In February at the Kentucky high school championships, Grace Oglesby of North Oldham High School threw down a 51.75 to put a scare into Nelson’s new record. It also marked her first time under 52 seconds, beating her previous lifetime best of 52.14 from the prelims.

McLaughlin took to the blocks at the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section championships with the goal of getting her record back. She accomplished the goal with a 51.53, which gets her closer to Natalie Coughlin’s USA Swimming national age group record of 51.18.

Those three topped the 100 fly All-American list, with a 52.26 from Carmel High School’s Veronica Burchill and a 52.43 from Acalanes High School’s Brittany Ulsinger to round out the sub-53 swims of the season.

Girls 100 Butterfly National Top 8 (Mobile users: Click the “+” to expand content)

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Alex Valente made some big improvements in the 100 butterfly, nearly joining an exclusive club of high school swimmers to post a time in the 45-second range. Valente wrapped up his time at Dos Pueblos High School with a 46.00 at the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section meet, threatening Joe Schooling’s national high school record of 45.52.

Though he had raced the 100 breaststroke in previous years, Andrew Seliskar took on the 100 butterfly in his senior year because his team at Thomas Jefferson High School For Science and Technology was flush with breaststrokers. Seliskar just missed the top ranking in the event with a 46.13 at the Virginia 5A state high school championships, dropping four tenths off his lifetime best in one meet.

Xinagfei Xie of Saratoga High School placed third in the national rankings with a 46.75 to also break 46 seconds. It took a sub-48 second swim to make the top eight in this year’s standings.

Boys 100 Butterfly 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 ( for more information about time standards and application submission. Corrections can also be submitted to NISCA via three emails: Boys Swimming contact:; Girls Swimming contact:; Boys and Girls Diving contact:

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Judie R.
8 years ago

I think Veronica Burchill might be missing from your top 8. She was a 52.26 to win Indiana States in February and is on the All American list.