North Allegheny Boys Take Down 200 Free and 400 Free Relay National HS Records

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Swimming at the 2018 Pennsylvania 3A High School Swimming and Diving State Championships the boys from North Allegheny High School took down two National High School records. The marks fell in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relays.

In the 200 freestyle relay the team of Jack WrightJoel SongerRick Mihm, and Mason Gonzalez touched in 1:19.60, three seconds ahead of their competition.

That time breaks their own National Public School record, a mark of 1:20.46, set in December, but comes up shy of Bolles’ National Private School record of 1:19.27.

Event 9  Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
 NFHS Record: N 1:19.27        2012 JACKSONVILLE BOLES - FL                    
 PIAA Record: S 1:20.95        2017 NORTH ALLEGHENY, North Allegheny           
                         Wright, Mihm, Gonzalez, Krigger                   
NF Hon. Roll:   1:24.00                                                        
    School                                            Prelims     Finals Points 
A - Final
  1 NORTH ALLEGHENY-07                                1:24.93    1:19.60S  40  
     1) WRIGHT, JACK 11                 2) SONGER, JOEL 11                
     3) MIHM, RICK 10                   4) GONZALEZ, MASON 12             
                  20.24       40.64 (20.40)     1:00.21 (19.57)     1:19.60 (19.39)

In the 400 freestyle relay it was Gonzalez, Andrew Zhang, Wright, and Mihm, touching in 2:52.81.

A testament to North Allegheny’s depth, they were able to substitute Songer for Zhang on the longer relay, and still set a National mark.

Splits (Currently available on Meet Mobile: 2018 PIAA Boys 3A Swimming &Diving Champ):

  • Gonzalez 43.27
  • Zhang 44.24
  • Wright 43.22
  • Mihm 43.08

Their time is faster than the National Public School and the National Private School marks, good for a new overall National Standard. The Private School mark stands at 2:54.43, set by Bolles in 2012. Granada High School’s 2014 squad previously held the public school mark with a 2:59.00.

Previous Public School splits:

  • Silverthorn 44.96
  • McLaggan 45.43
  • Trump 44.48
  • Rooney 44.13

Private School splits:

  • Murphy 42.95
  • Condorelli 43.11
  • Booth 44.67
  • Schooling 43.70
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6 years ago

Those splits don’t add up to the record posted.

6 years ago
Reply to  SwimStats

I was there. Amazing swim. It was 2:53.8. It was an honor to see those young men swim so well!

Matt Bashaar
6 years ago

Mind boggling how fast. When can these kids not go any faster? Congrats to these kids.

Mark Cabrey
6 years ago

Richard-Donna Cabrey. Steve Medeii

Richard-Donna Cabrey
6 years ago
Reply to  Mark Cabrey

Astoundingly fast.

Steve Medei
6 years ago
Reply to  Mark Cabrey

I saw this last night. Wow. Congrats to the kids and coaches!

Heidi Lange Stiles
6 years ago

Matt it was amazing to see.

Christine Butterworth
6 years ago

NA has had a strong swim program for years. Congratulations!

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