Jake Magahey Takes Down Oldest National High School Yards Record in 500 Free


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The oldest high school yards record in the books has been broken.

At the 2019 Georgia 6-7A State Championships, Mill Creek High School’s Jake Magahey wrote his name in the history books in the 500 free. His time of 4:15.63 broke Jeff Kostoff of Upland High School’s previous National Public High School record of 4:16.39 set in 1983.

Magahey’s splits:

  • 100 – 49.28
  • 200 – 1:40.15 (50.87)
  • 300 – 2:31.88 (51.73)
  • 400 – 3:23.99 (52.11)
  • 500 – 4:15.63 (51.64)

The National Independent High School record in the event is 4:12.87 set by Santa Margarita Catholic’s Grant Shoults in 2016, which still stands as the overall mark.

Before Magahey’s stellar performance, Kostoff’s mark stood as the oldest boys’ record to date. The oldest record, for boys or girls and any course, is Tracy Caulkins’ 100 SCM breaststroke of 1:07.47 set in 1981. Her record remains the indepedenent and overall high school mark.

Magahey does his club swimming with SwimAtlanta and his best time in the 500 free is a 4:14.61 that was fast enough to win the event at Juniors East in December where he also took first in the mile. The junior also won the 200 free (1:35.62) at the 2019 Georgia State Championships.


  1. avatar
    Patrick Van Derhei

    This kid is a beast! Amazing to see in person. Surrounded by a great family. All around super kid.

    • Tom Hanson

      Rebecca E Larson heck yeah!!!!

  2. Doug Newman

    Zachary Jones Aaron Wands

    • Aaron Wands

      Doug Newman wow that is FAST!

  3. Jennifer Kratson

    Mark C Kratson- check out the splits. Beast mode

  4. avatar

    Jack Conger broke Kostoff’s record with a 4:13 in 2013, swimming for a private school (Good Counsel). Seems like that would’ve been worth a mention in this story.

    • Joe Hess

      Ken Hess Incredible. See the splits?

    • Ken Hess

      I did! That’s moving!

    • Ana Gilmond

      Silvia Donday-Selenske impressive… Ivan will really have to work to catch him ?‍♂️??

    • Ana Gilmond

      Silvia Donday-Selenske ???

  5. Jim Densmore

    Wow. WTG Jake, and what a span by Kostoff!

  6. Ja Bounce

    100 – 49.28
    200 – 1:40.15 (50.87)
    300 – 2:31.88 (51.73)
    400 – 3:23.99 (52.11)
    500 – 4:15.63 (51.64)
    Crazy!! Congrats

  7. avatar

    Jake is simply an amazing swimmer, hard worker and all around great kid! He’s going to be one to watch in the pool for years to come!

  8. avatar
    Allison Morris

    So awesome to witness this record in person. Everyone in the sold out Georgia Tech Pool stadium there to watch our high school teams swim were on our feet screaming for Jake from lap 5 on and Jake responded to the cheers! Something I will never forget. Congratulations!

  9. Ken Holland

    OK PA kids….4:16.39 set in 1983. You have e new goal… Who will step up? BTW, this kid is a stud and congrats !

  10. Chris Abrams

    That is ridiculous. Good for him.

    • Christine Huffar

      Nicole Ervin Amare that is what I was thinking. Love that race.

  11. Becky Bryson Lowery

    It was awesome to see in person yesterday! Unbelievable!

  12. Steve Landers

    Pretty sure my 200 free is faster than his 500 free

    • Rich Doc Boldt

      I bet so. I can run the 500 free faster than he can swim it…..just sayin.

  13. avatar
    S Tobin

    Kostoff’s 4:16.39 wasn’t just a HS record. It was an AMERICAN record. And I thought Jack Conger finally broke the ‘83 H.S. record a few yrs ago with a 4:13…, then by Grant Shoults 1 yr later (4:12)…? Confused.

  14. Lisa Simon Bragg

    Fun being there, so much energy while the crowd cheered him on!!

  15. Ubaldo David LLanos

    He swam his 100 splits faster swam is 100 free. My son was a 100 free league champion.