Standout Pennington swimmer David Curtiss '21 has set a National Independent School record for the 50 Meter Freestyle race with his time of 23.10, achieved at the Mercer County Swim Championships on January 27. The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) announced the news during the recent Spring Break period.
Curtiss is the first Pennington swimmer to set a national independent school record, and the freshman finished the season with a time ranked fourth in the nation among all varsity high school swimmers, Curtiss's achievement automatically makes him an All-American—also a first for Pennington swimming. Curtiss set two records at the NJISAA prep swim championships and one Easterns meet record this year, as well.
After Curtiss set the impressive county swim championship record, it seemed likely that it was also a record for independent schools with the United States. Before certifying the record, the NISCA engineering team measured the pool at West Windsor Plainsboro North High School, the site of the county swim championships, verifying that it met specifications. NISCA then announced Curtiss's national record among United States independent schools.
Outside of school, with his year-round Tri-Hampton YMCA swim team, Curtiss won the men's 50 Yard Free on April 6 at the 2018 YMCA Short Course National Championships in Greensboro, NC, with a personal best time of 19.75. Among YMCA swimmers, he is now second all-time in the event for fifteen-year-olds.
To see the official NISCA national records for yards and meters, please click https://niscaonline.org/Records/Male-Records. Many of those listed either went to the Olympics or made Olympic trials.