Katie Ledecky, Grant Shoults Break 200 Free Records To Lead High School All-Americans

Apr 15, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; Katie Ledecky wins her heat in the Women's 1500 LC meter freestyle prelims during the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series at the Skyline Aquatic Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports
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It took a couple of record-breaking swims to get to the top of the NISCA High School All-American rankings in the 200-yard freestyle, with Katie Ledecky and Grant Shoults leading an impressive roster of swimmers from the 2014-2015 high school season.

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Ledecky made the most of her final high school season, lowering her own national high school record in the 200 free with a 1:41.55 at the D.C. Metro Championships in February while representing Stone Ridge High School. It was a stellar swim for Ledecky, who continues to work her way to the top of the all-time standings in the event. The swim was the sixth-fastest performance in history at the time, though it has since moved down to 11th thanks to a few swims by Missy Franklin and Simone Manuel at the collegiate level.

Katie McLaughlin of Santa Margarita Catholic High School is also showing improvements in the 200 free, dropping her lifetime best to 1:43.01 for second place in the national high school rankings. Third overall was Carmel High School’s Claire Adams with a 1:45.09.

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

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Grant Shoults, a junior at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, made history by breaking a 24-year-old national record in the 200-yard freestyle at the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section Championships last May. His 1:34.54 broke the national record for independent schools that was set in 1991 by Joe Hudepohl, who would go on to win medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.

Shoults now turns his focus to the overall national high school record of 1:33.83 swum by Tom Shields in 2009. He might need to get under 1:34 to sit at the top of the national high school rankings next year, as fellow Californian Maxime Rooney is bound to perform well in 2016. Rooney swam a 1:34.58 at the CIF Northern Section meet the same weekend as Shoults.

Ranked third nationally is St. Xavier High School sophomore Grant House, whose 1:35.28 signals great things to come in the 2015-2016 season.

Boys 200 Freestyle 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

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Katie Ledecky, Grant Shoults Break 200 Free Records To Lead High School All-Americans

Posted by Swimming World on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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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3 comments

  1. Teté Hurtado

    Ella hace un 200 en lo que yo hago un 100 casi casi Ma Antonieta Garcia Oseguera jajaja. Ahí la llevamos ?

  2. Peter Horwitz

    I watched “1991 by Joe Hudepohl” in Canton State HS Champs…he was awesome