High School Swimming Finals, Records Have Been Altered by COVID-19

Elwanda Tulloch


There were plenty of elite swimmers in California ready to make their mark on their final high school season. Among them:

  • Luca Urlando of C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento had a spectacular high school season last year as a junior, breaking Dressel’s national public school record in the 100 yard butterfly from 2013 by 1-hundredth of a second with a 45.88. That summer, he proceeded to win five gold medals at the World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Claire Tuggle also has been one of the top teen phenoms in the sport, and she is just a sophomore. As a freshman in 2019, she swam the second fastest time nationally in the 500 free (4:41.60).Who knows what they—and hundreds of other swimmers in California—could have done if they just had a season?


And it wasn’t just the superstars who were affected. The

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