MORAGA -- Steven Stumph is still hearing about the race he won at the North Coast Section championships that made waves across the swimming community.

Not only did the Campolindo High senior break a national high school record in the boys 100-yard breaststroke, so did the two guys swimming next to him.

The thrilling race among Stumph, Miramonte's Charlie Wiser and Granada's Nick Silverthorn caught the attention of the former record holder in the event, Olympic gold medalist Brendan Hansen.

"He tweeted at us, 'Congrats to these three young swimmers, glad to see my record fall,' " said Stumph, whose time of 53.39 seconds was 0.28 seconds under Hansen's previous mark. "I commented and he responded right away."

Hansen's message to Stumph?

"The next step is racing like that with a USA cap on and long course," Hansen tweeted to Stumph. "That's when it gets real fun, keep working hard, buddy."

Working hard has never been an issue for Stumph, the East Bay Boys Swimmer of the Year.

In addition to his national record in the breaststroke, Stumph also swam in the 100 butterfly at NCS for the first time, setting a section record. Both relay teams he competed on claimed NCS marks, as well. Plus, he got to celebrate another team title, the ninth straight for the Campolindo boys, before heading to USC next year.


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"Every day he focuses on something to get better," Campolindo coach Ron Heidary said of Stumph after the NCS meet. "He has that punishing work ethic. Your work ethic can take you to places you never imagined if you're willing to work that hard every day for years, and he has done that."

If Stumph looked better than ever this season, it's because he feels fully healthy for the first time in years.

Knee pain and groin pulls slowed Stumph in his early high school days before doctors eventually discovered he had extra bone growth, a condition requiring surgery on both his hips. The operation took place during the summer before his junior year, and the recovery process was slow.

"From date of the surgery to when all tiniest muscle ligaments have healed is 18 months," Stumph said. "Every month I feel stronger and better."