Unbreakable Records

Can these athletes keep their record(s) on lock?


Micheal Phelps 23 olympic gold medals:

Michael Phelps is hands down the most well known swimmer of all time and has recorded 23 Olympic gold medals—plus three silver and two bronze—in four Olympic Games from 2004 to 2016. Out of the 23 gold medals Phelps received, ten were awarded for relays, and the other 13 for individual events. Four of his gold medals came from the same event, the 200 meter individual medley, that he won four olympics in a row. Despite Phelps holding many Olympic records in individual races, we consider his most prominent record the amount of Olympic gold medals ever won. We believe this record can be considered unbreakable because the runner up only has nine gold Olympic medals.

UConn Women’s Basketball wins 111 consecutive games in a row:

The UConn women’s basketball team holds the record for the longest winning game streak. The 111 game winning streak spread over almost three years, with two National titles won. The Huskies streak started with a 96-90 win against Creighton on November 23, 2014, and it was ended three years later by Mississippi State during a March Madness tournament. As the competition level for division one women’s basketball has increased tremendously, more top recruits want to establish their legacy at other top universities. Therefore, we may never see a single program as talented as UConn.

Hank Aaron- 2,297 RBI’s:

For more than three decades, Hank Aaron was known for hitting the most home runs in MLB history and breaking almost all of Babe Ruth’s records. Even though most of the records he held have been topped today by some other current or recently retired MLB athletes, Aaron still holds the MLB record for the most career runs batted in (RBIs) at 2,297. We reflect on his victories to honor his raw talent and dedication to the game of baseball, as he passed away on January 2nd, 2021.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings – 3 consecutive Olympics gold medals and 21 consecutive wins:

The numbers behind Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings in beach volleyball are almost untouchable. Known as probably the best women’s duo in beach volleyball history, they have three consecutive Olympics gold medals and 21 consecutive wins. The two strong women have been dominant athletes and outstanding role models for young females worldwide. 

Jerry Rice—22,895 receiving yards:

49er legend Jerry Rice holds the record for most career receiving yards at 22,895 yards. Even with the NFL increasing its emphasis on the passing game, no current wide receiver is anywhere close to Rice’s impressive numbers. Rice retired at age 42, which is rare for wide receivers. Yet, throughout his 20 NFL seasons, he was lucky enough to be led by Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks throughout his entire career.

Serena Williams has won at least one grand slam in 3 different decades:

Serena Williams is the only female tennis player that has won one grand slam in three different decades. Those include the 1999 U.S. Open, ten grand slam titles between 2001 and 2010, and twelve grand slams from 2010 to 2020. The record she holds may be unbreakable because Serena can potentially extend her grand slam wins into four decades, as she has said that she doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon. 


Reed Merritt – CCS Diving Record

Paly alumni Reed Merritt won league all four years at high school. He set the Central Coast Section (CCS) record in diving during his senior year with a score of 594.90 for 11 dives. He beat his school record with 559.90 points from the season before. After Paly, Merritt attended the University of Texas in Austin to dive and study Aerospace Engineering. He accomplished a lot as a Longhorn, with his most prominent being a 2019 NCAA Championship qualifier and placing eight on one-meter at the 2018 USA Senior National Championships.

Jasmine Tosky – Fastest Girl’s CCS 100 yard Fly

Paly alumni Jasmine Tosky set the Central Coast Section (CCS) record for the 100-yard fly at the 2011 CCS Championship when hitting 51.92 seconds during prelims, beating Misty Hyman, the previous record holder that she set in 1996. That same year, Tosky was named Swimming World Female High School Co-Swimmer of the Year. After graduating from Palo Alto High School, she continued her career at USC. She was an All-American and Pac-12 finalist many times, and also went to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, where she was a finalist in the 200 meter individual medley and won gold at the 2011 FINA World Championships as part of the 800 meter free relay.