Analysis: USA High School Swimming Records by State

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By Kevin Donnelly, Swimming World College Intern.

The winter high school swimming and diving season is beginning to wind down, but not before many athletes across the country take the blocks to take aim at some insanely fast USA high school swimming national records.

The USA high school swimming records list for the eleven high school events competed nationwide includes names such as Olympic gold medalists and NCAA champions Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, and Ryan Murphy, among others. The list is broken into two subcategories: independent high schools and public high schools, and features a total of 44 records (22 per gender, with 11 being for independent schools and 11 for public schools).

Today we’ll take a look at that the list and determine which states across the United States hold the most records on the list. The table is featured below:

StateTOTALIndependent SchoolsPublic SchoolsFemaleMale
California128475
Florida75207
Pennsylvania51405
Indiana50532
Maryland44031
North Dakota30330
Minnesota20211
Tennessee22011
Colorado11010
Illinois10110
Kentucky11010
Wisconsin10110

Analysis:

Twelve states hold at least one of these 44 records. Unsurprisingly, California and Florida lead the way on this list, with twelve and seven records being represented by those states, respectively. Indiana and Pennsylvania are both tied for third, with five records apiece. Maryland sits in fifth with four records, and North Dakota is just behind them with three, all from star high school swimmer Dagny Knutson.

One interesting takeaway from the list is that all seven of Florida’s records are held by males. Three individuals share five individual records for the state of Florida, all three of whom are Olympic gold medalists: Caeleb Dressel, Murphy, and Joseph Schooling.  The other two are relay records held by the Bolles School, of which both Murphy and Schooling were a part of (Dressel attended Clay High School, a public school in the same area, but swam for the Bolles School Sharks year-round team with Murphy and Schooling).

bolles-team-photo-school-uniform

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Overall eight Olympic gold medalists are represented on the list. Seven of those eight represented the United States in competition. Interestingly, all seven of those won at least one of their gold medals on a relay for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games.

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3 Comments

3 comments

  1. avatar
    Andrea

    Your public school boys 200 free relay is not correct. This was broken by North Allegheny HS in March of 2017 at the PIAA Championship meet with a time of 1:20.94 by Jack Wright, Rick Mihm, Maxwell Gonzalez, and Eben Krigger.

    This record was then broken in December by North Allegheny HS with different swimmers. They also broke the 400 free relay record as well.

    Thank you.

    • avatar
      Andrea

      Corrected time is 1:20.95

  2. avatar
    Andrea

    The correct time for the 200 free relay is 1:20.95

Author: Kevin Donnelly

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Kevin Donnelly swam competitively for eight years and remains involved in the sport as a year-round and summer league coach. Kevin has coached swimmers ranging from ages 9-18 for the Marlins of Raleigh, including multiple National Junior Team members and Olympic Trials qualifiers. He has also coached his local summer league team since the age of 14.

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