15-Year-Old Maximus WIlliamson Breaks U.S. 15-16 NAG in Boys 200 IM – 1:59.01

2022 JUNIOR PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOYS 200 METER INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – FINAL

  • Jr World: 1:56.99 – Hubert Kos, HUN (2021)
  • Jr Pan Pac: 1:59.51 – Chase Kalisz, USA (2012)

Podium:

  1. Maximus Williamson, USA – 1:59.01
  2. Tomoyuki Matsushita, Japan – 2:00.64
  3. William Petric, Australia – 2:00.82

American 15-year-old Maximus Williamson put together a phenomenal race in the final of the boys 200 IM tonight at the 2022 Junior Pan Pacs in Honolulu, roaring to victory in 1:59.01. Williamson made waves on the first day of the meet, becoming the fastest U.S. 15-year-old in the 200 free. He’s doubled down on that tonight, roaring to not only a new Junior Pan Pacs Record in the 200 IM, but a U.S. 15-16 boys National Age Group Record as well.

Williamson was already the fastest American 15-year-old all-time in the event before he swam tonight. His previous best was a 2:01.45 from the U.S. International Team Trials in April. That means Williamson is now the only 15-year-old American ever to have been under 2:01 in the LCM 200 IM, let alone 2:00.

The 15-16 NAG was held by Carson Foster at 1:59.45, a time which he set at the 2018 U.S. Summer Nationals. That mark was a tick faster than the Junior Pan Pacs Record, which was held by another American, Chase Kalisz, at 1:59.51 from the 2012 Championships.

Here is a split comparison between Williamson’s swim tonight, Kalisz’s previous Jr Pan Pac Record, and Foster’s 15-16 NAG:

Splits Maximus Williamson – 2022 Jr Pan Pacs (Finals) Chase Kalisz – 2012 Jr Pan Pacs (Previous JPP Record) Carson Foster – 2018 U.S. Summer Nationals (15-16 NAG)
50m (Fly) 26.02 26.64 25.40
100m (Back) 55.52 (29.50) 57.21 (30.57) 55.36 (29.96)
150m (Breast) 1:31.19 (35.67) 1:30.63 (33.42) 1:30.57 (35.21)
200m (Free) 1:59.01 (27.82) 1:59.51 (28.88) 1:59.45 (28.88)
FINAL TIME 1:59.01 1:59.51 1:59.45

Here is the new all-time top 5 in the LCM 200 IM for 15-16 boys (U.S.):

Rank Time Swimmer Meet
1 1:59.01 Maximus Williamson 2022 Jr Pan Pacs
2 1:59.45 Carson Foster 2018 Summer Nationals
3 1:59.84 Andrew Seliskar 2013 World Junior Champs
4 1:59.86 Michael Andrew 2015 World Jr Champs
5 2:00.34 Luca Urlando 2019 College Station Sectionals

Notably, at just 15 years old, Williamson’s time tonight would already put him #3 in the 17-18 age group among Americans all-time. He sits behind only Michael Phelps, who holds the NAG at 1:55.94, and Carson Foster (1:57.59).

Along with Thomas Heilman, Williamson is now the 2nd American 15-year-old boy who currently holds a 15-16 NAG. Heilman broke the 15-16 100 fly record last night. That being said, both boys now have a chance to bring those records far lower than they were before they initially broke them.

Williamson had a great week of swims, posting lifetime bests in 4 events. Here is the summary of his personal bests this week:

  • 200 free – 1:48.21
  • 100 back – 55.83
  • 400 IM – 4:17.58
  • 200 IM – 1:59.01

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OLOAP
5 months ago

And kid is two years younger than Kalisz at the time and one year younger than Foster at the time which makes this time even more mind boggling.

Anyways men’s 200 medley at 2024 Trials are shaping up for something like

Foster siblings
Kalisz
Casas
Andrew
Stewart
House
Julian
Lasco
Smith
Licon
Nelson
Vargas
Litherland
Williamson

just…good luck them all and here for the drama 😀

OLOAP
5 months ago

Kid is even two years younger than Kalisz at the time and one year younger than Foster at the time so it’s kinda mind boggling…

200 medley at 2024 Trials is shaping up to be a showdown between

Foster siblings
Kalisz
Andrew
Casas
Stewart
Lasco
Julian
House
Smith
Litherland
Nelson
Vargas
Williamson

DoinB
5 months ago

Two young goats otw. Swimflation is insane

John Hueth
Reply to  DoinB
5 months ago

Ha! Swimflation. I love it!

Anonymous
5 months ago

He’s gonna get that 4im nag in December. It’s bound to happen

PFA
5 months ago

Like I said earlier these two are tied for the #1 recruit. Each are amazing in their own perspective events and both have a lot to offer in their own right. Both of those 2 combined own the fastest time in 10 out of the 14 events in all recruitment events. I have never seen a combo of 2 swimmers like this owning the majority of the top times.

Haha
Reply to  PFA
5 months ago

Does Sean Green hold the other 4? Holy trifecta between those 3💀

clocks
Reply to  Haha
5 months ago

clontz?

JimSwim22
Reply to  PFA
5 months ago

3 women held every American SCY record at the same time. Natalie C and Dagney K were 2vand I can’t remember the other 1

Last edited 5 months ago by JimSwim22
swimswamswum
Reply to  JimSwim22
5 months ago

I just looked this up and its Katie Hoff not Dagny K, and the third is Tara Kirk.. In 2007/8 Coughlin held the 50-200 free and the 100-200s fly/back, then Katie hoff got all the distance free and IMs by february 2008, and Kirk held both breaststrokes.

Last edited 5 months ago by swimswamswum
Hannah
Reply to  PFA
5 months ago

Regan Smith and Alex Walsh

swimmer
Reply to  PFA
5 months ago

Pretty sure Maximus is going to be a junior and Heilman is going to be a sophomore right?

nar
Reply to  swimmer
5 months ago

nah they r both sophomores

7swim
Reply to  swimmer
5 months ago

Maximus is about to be a soph and Heilman and just entering HS.

swimgeek
Reply to  7swim
5 months ago

That’s incorrect on Heilman. He is starting his sophomore year. He swam the Virginia HS state meet last Feb (Div 4 – smaller schools). And he turned 15 in Feb – which is normal age for freshman year.

Joe
Reply to  swimgeek
5 months ago

Do you know when they turn 16?

Davide
Reply to  Joe
5 months ago

I think October for Williamson (might be September though) and February for heilman

Last edited 5 months ago by Davide