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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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National Record Set by Henry Webb

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Submitted by Henry Webb

Henry Webb ‘25’s 4×100 medley relay breaks the national record for their age group at Junior Nationals this summer with a time of 3:44.77. 

“We got second actually but the team that beat us got disqualified,” says Webb. “there’s a rule where if you’re doing freestyle in a medley you can’t do things on your back because then it’s like backstroke. So the freestyler [ for the other team ] did that.” 

Webb describes the emotion he felt, “I’m gonna be honest, because the team in front of us got disqualified it was really weird because it was devastating that we lost. So I was kinda just sitting, staring at the ground for a while. Then Charlie [Egeland ‘23] tapped my shoulder and was like ‘look’ and we were first and the team was [disqualified].” 

“It took me a solid 15 seconds to process everything because I was so tired. It didn’t feel real if I’m being honest,” said Webb.

 The team was disappointed that they didn’t actually get first place, only on a technicality. But overall each swimmer on their relay performed well. 

Webb explains, “It feels fraudulent because we did lose, the [other] team is probably better than us […]  it feels really good to accomplish something we’ve been trying to do for years.” 

Alumni Egland was also on this relay and Webb states, “Charlie’s really good, this year he had his split on the relay was actually unbelievable […] We wouldn’t have won the event without him. […] He smoked everyone, he gave us a huge lead.” This relay team is hoping to make another appearance together this winter at Junior Nationals and they are hoping to secure 1st place.

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