Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles School has been the host of a powerhouse swimming program for years. Still, what the Dolphins accomplished at the Florida High School Swimming and Diving Championships might prove to be a meet for the ages.
The Bolles swimming program had a record setting day at the Florida state championships — BeRecruited
As reported by the Florida Times-Union, in a single day in Orlando, Bolles set six national records, including a remarkable sweep of all-time best marks in three different relays. In the process the Bolles boys team won its 25th consecutive Class 1A state title while the Bolles girls won a 22nd straight Class 1A crown.
All six of the new national records were turned in by members of the Bolles boys team, with the 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley all falling on Saturday.
One swimmer was particularly dominant, with senior and California-bound star Ryan Murphy playing a role in all three record-setting relay squads, setting a new mark in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 45.34 seconds and also setting an independent school record in the 50-yard freestyle during his leg of the school's record setting 200-free relay.
Murphy was joined in all the relays by both Santo Condorelli and Joseph Schooling, with Schooling also setting a national mark in the 100-yard butterfly by finishing in 46.5 seconds.
While Bolles undoubtedly has a significant advantage in raw talent, it also may have an edge when it comes to coaching. Former West Virginia University coach Sergio Lopez now leads Bolles, providing a college-level work ethic and expertise for an eager group of talented teenagers.
That edge continues to pay dividends, with the school's legacy only likely to increase in the years ahead as the likes of Murphy, Schooling -- already an Olympian representing Singapore -- and Florida recruit Emiro Goossen entering the pool of potential future Olympic stars.
Considering the fact that the school sent a total of 20 swimmers or coaches with direct ties to the school to the London Games, it might be more of a surprise if that wasn't the case. Bolles swimmers have been a part of each Olympic Summer Games since 1972, and that isn't likely to change anytime soon.
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