PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Peekskill High School swimmer Devin Guardino set a record for the 100-yard butterfly 32 years after his uncle set the previous record.
“I actually didn’t expect to get the record,” Guardino said. “I’ve been swimming for four years, and I hadn’t had any individual records. I had one relay record, but it was taken not long after I set it. I knew I was a couple of seconds off from breaking any records, but during my race that day I was just really focused on getting the best place to get the points for my team, and it happened. When I hit the wall, I was neck and neck with the other kid, and I think that pushed me over to break time. I was so tired I didn’t even notice until I looked up and saw my mom screaming in the background, and then I knew I broke the record.”
Guardino finished with a time of 56.75, topping uncle Chris Horton's record of 56.91 by fractions of a second.
Guardino broke Horton’s record on at the Boys' Swimming Divisionals on Jan 30, when he took first place in the 100-yard backstroke and scored 40 points in each race. He also broke the school's record for the 100 backstroke and was part of the record-breaking teams for the 200-yard medley relay and both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay.
“I was on a great team, and I had great support,” Horton said of his time on the PHS swim team. “Swimming was my passion. It still is. I can always feel it. I don’t swim any longer, but it was something that I always loved to do and I always loved getting back in the pool. The whole experience, not just breaking the record, but being on the team and swimming competitively, it was great. I really enjoyed it and I miss it a lot.”
Guardino discovered a love of swimming at an early age, like his uncle before him. He has been on Peekskill's varsity swim team since the seventh grade and will graduate in June.