If you were to peruse through the National High School Swimming Records you quickly come to realize there were some very, very, very fast high school swimmers. If you were to peruse Connecticut swimmers you might think there is no way we will see one of our own come close to breaking any of these times.
Well not so fast (no pun intended), the 500 freestyle record for public high schools is 4:16.4 and that is not that far out of reach of a couple of swimmers in the state. Kieran Smith and Josh Wroblewski have posted some speedy times, 4:22 and 4:24 respectively. Could these two guys knock 6-8 seconds of their best times? When I spoke to Kieran he felt next year might be a better bet but I challenge both Kieran and Josh to look to this year. Josh , a senior, will not be here to push Kieran next year. So no time like the present., these two monster swimmers have the opportunity to push each other to a 4:16 this year and I for one am looking forward to the outcome.
Other swimmers, Willian Regan, North Hansen, Charles Adl, Dan Walsh, Nico Ortega, Timothy Joyce, Kevin Yanagisawa and others are likely to be in the final heat of State Opens and could all post sub 4:40 times with several capable of sub 4:30 times. Whether the record comes to Connecticut or not, we should be ready for the fastest 500 freestyle final ever in Connecticut High School Swimming.
In 2014, the 500 free was not only the fastest but the closest final heat ever in the state, the 8th place time of 4:39.96 and the winning time 4:36.50.
Just to put into perspective, in order to achieve a 4:16, each would need to average 51.2 hundreds…….Whaaaaat!