Luca Urlando Breaks 100 Butterfly Public-High-School National-Record

Urlando cruised at 45.88 seconds, setting the pool ablaze in Lodi. That bettered the mark of 45.89 by Caeleb Dressel in 2013, before Dressel became an NCAA and world champion in the event. The overall national mark — public and private schools — is 45.22 by Joseph Schooling in 2013.

Urlando won the section final in 46.03, more than two seconds faster than the rest of a fast field. Also in Lodi, Urlando won the 200 IM by nearly five seconds, in a section-meet best 1:43.87. His lifetime best in that race is 1:42.99.

And what was Georgia-bound Urlando most excited about? A relay victory, with teammates and friends, in what he called a race to cherish for a lifetime. McClatchy won the 200 free relay in 1:24.85 to beat regional powerhouse programs Oak Ridge and Jesuit.

Urlando swam the opening leg, followed by George Wiley and brothers Ben and Alex Levy.

“It was a good weekend,” Urlando said with a laugh. “I was super happy with it. The fact that we won a relay against such good teams when a lot of people didn’t know what McClatchy could do in swimming was really important and exciting. Not just for me, but for all of my teammates.”

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