Wu was shooting for the record going into the state swim meet.
“In season, there were a couple of times where I was within a couple of tenths (of a second) of it, but I was never able to get under it,” Wu said.
But Wu was well-rested entered the state championships as the team cut back on its workouts in preparation. He cut five seconds off his time in the 200 freestyle from his freshman to his sophomore season.
Wu still has a high ceiling. His skills will improve with more experience and he will get physically stronger with age, Nicholson said.
“He kept getting faster after state,” Nicholson said. “He is not going to drop five seconds a year, but conservatively he is going to drop four more seconds before he graduates. That record could go down quite a bit.”