Olivia Smoliga Notches Two National High School Records At Illinois Swimming Championships Updated With Race Videos

EVANSTON, Illinois, November 17. OLIVIA Smoliga of Glenbrook South High School broke two overall national high school records today at the Illinois state championships, erasing marks in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

Smoliga became the first sub-22 second female swimmer in high school history in the 50 free, posting a 21.99 in the final. She broke three-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce's former public school and overall record of 22.04 (swum as a relay leadoff) in 2002. In prelims, Smoliga swam a 22.21.Maddy Schaefer of St. Francis still holds the independent national mark with a 22.24.

Watch the 50 free race, with video courtesy Marcia Cleveland:

Smoliga wrapped up her senior year with a blazing 51.43 in the 100 backstroke, erasing 2012 Olympian Rachel Bootsma's public and overall record of 51.53 from 2010. Smoliga had made a run for the record in prelims, but came up short with a 51.84. Missy Franklin's independent record of 52.30 still remains.

100 back race:

Smoliga also teamed with Bailey Moynihan, Niki Wells and Katie Wells to chase the public and overall national high school record 1:32.75 by Carmel High in the 200 freestyle relay. The Glenbrook girls posted a 1:32.98. Also, Katie Wells, Moynihan, Smoliga and Kelly Cordes attempted to erase the national public school record of 3:22.85 in the 400 free relay set by Hershey in 2011, but came up short with a 3:24.50.

200 free relay:

400 free relay:

Smoliga will give Jack Bauerle plenty of racing options next fall when she steps onto campus at the University of Georgia.

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