2022 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – WEST
- December 7-10, 2022
- Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, Texas
- Short Course Yards (25 yards), Prelims/Finals
- Prelims @10:00AM ET, Finals at 6:00 PM ET (except for day 1 timed finals)
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You can run, but you can’t hide. The fast swims just keep coming, courtesy of a group of teens that are rewriting the history books faster than we can write.
Tonight at the Austin location of the Speedo Winter Junior Championships, 16 year-old Maximus Williamson erased Michael Phelps’ name from the yards side of the National Age Group record books by swimming a cool 3:39.83 in the 400 IM.
That time broke the previous record of 3:42.08, which Phelps set back in 2002. That mark survived the supersuit era and the best efforts of stand out age groupers like Andrew Seliskar, Sean Grieshop, and Carson Foster, but finally fell by a wide margin to the Texas native tonight.
All-Time Rankings 15-16 Age Group
- Maximus Williamson, 3:39.83 – 2022
- Michael Phelps, 3:42.08 – 2002
- Matt Fallon, 3:44.08 – 2019
- Carson Foster, 3:44.16 – 2017
- Sean Grieshop, 3:44.45 – 2015
To provide a little more context for tonight’s swim, it appears that before Phelps, the record belonged to the great Dave Wharton, who went 3:48.56 back in 1986.
No one besides Williamson and Phelps has been under 3:44 at the age of 16. Now, Williamson is over two seconds faster than the GOAT. Much like Thomas Heilman over at the East site, Williamson has been on a tear the last few days. Wednesday, he broke the NAG record in the 200 free leading off Lakeside Aquatic Club’s 800 free relay. Last night, he swam the 2nd-fastest time 200 IM ever in the age group, and would’ve broken MA’s record had not Heilman broken it about an hour before.
Just as he had Nate Germonprez pushing him last night in the 200 IM, tonight Williamson got some competition from his Lakeside teammate Cooper Lucas. The 17 year-old Lucas, a Texas commit, actually led after the fly leg, and ended up touching in 3:42.09. That mark moves him up to #10 all-time in the 17-18 age group.
For any Phelps fans fretting over his impending removal from the yards NAG record book, fear not: he still has several LCM records in 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18 age groups.