17-Year-Old Maximus Williamson Breaks His Two-Day Old NAG Record in 200 Free (1:31.37)

by Riley Overend 29

December 08th, 2023 Club, National, News, Records

2023 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – WEST

FRIDAY EVENING HEAT SHEETS

Maximus Williamson‘s record-breaking barrage continued on Friday night at the Winter Junior Championships – West in Westmont, Illinois.

The 17-year-old Lakeside Aquatic Club (LAC) standout broke his two-day-old U.S. 17-18 boys’ national age group (NAG) record in the 200-yard freestyle, bringing his lifetime best down from 1:32.00 to 1:31.37. Before the meet started, the NAG record stood at 1:32.18 by Maxime Rooney in 2017.

Williamson is only a junior in high school, but his tonight is more than a second faster than the current program record at the University of Virginia (1:32.45 by Scot Robison in 2010) and the current ACC Championships record (1:32.23 by Blake Manoff in 2021).

Over the past year alone, Williamson has improved his personal-best time by nearly two seconds from 1:33.07 at the 2022 Winter Juniors – West meet. He would have placed 5th at the 2023 NCAA Championships with his time tonight – and that’s with more than two years to go before his first scheduled NCAA Championship meet.

Williamson, the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2025, is committed to Virginia along with top recruit Thomas Heilman, who broke the 15-16 NAG record in the 200 free (1:32.46) on Wednesday. Heilman opted not to swim the 200 free on Friday in favor of the 100 butterfly (44.80).

Williamson was a couple tenths off his record pace from Wednesday heading into the final 50, but he ripped a ridiculous 23.21 on the final two lengths of the pool to take down his own standard. It marked his third individual NAG record in as many days after also erasing David Nolan‘s legendary 200 IM standard of 1:41.39 from the books with a personal-best 1:41.18.

Splits Comparison:

WILLIAMSON WILLIAMSON ROONEY HEILMAN WILLIAMSON
2023 Winter Juniors – West (Fri.) 2023 Winter Juniors – West (Wed.) 2017 SECs 2023 Winter Juniors – East
2022 Winter Juniors – West
50 21.37 21.03 21.41 21.26 21.51
100 44.60 (23.23) 44.31 (23.28) 44.63 (23.22) 44.59 (23.33) 45.05 (23.54)
150 1:08.16 (23.56) 1:07.96 (23.65) 1:08.32 (23.69) 1:08.40 (23.81) 1:09.19 (24.14)
200 1:31.37 (23.21) 1:32.00 (24.04) 1:32.18 (23.86) 1:32.46 (24.06) 1:33.07 (23.88)

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BOYS’ 200 YARD FREESTYLE – FINALS

Podium:
  1. Maximus Williamson, Lakeside Aquatic – 1:31.37 **Meet record, 17-18 NAG**
  2. Cooper Lucas, Lakeside Aquatic – 1:35.64
  3. Jones Lambert, Lubbock Swim Club – 1:35.97
  4. Quin Seider, Ojai Heat Waves – 1:36.14
  5. Nathan Kim, Rose Bowl Aquatics – 1:36.29
  6. Eddie Jin, Blue Tide Aquatics – 1:37.17
  7. Andrew Maksymowski, Novaquatics – 1:38.16
  8. Henry Webb, Aquajets – 1:38.50

Williamson reached the wall more than four seconds ahead of his LAC teammate, Texas commit Cooper Lucas, who dominated the 500 free Thursday night with a winning time of 4:16.25 and won the 400 IM (3:42.63) at the beginning of Friday’s session.

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CAT
4 days ago

I wonder what shoe size he is? His feet must be like a pair of flippers.

Last edited 4 days ago by CAT
bubo
2 months ago

Up until around 7 or so years ago when the 200y free took a giant leap forward this would’ve nearly equaled the American record

Boxall's Railing
2 months ago

Anyone knows or have a solid guess at Maximus’s height and weight?

Haven’t stood next to him, but seems like the “big and strong” type rather than regular sized and twitchy.

KSW
2 months ago

bro ate a 1-up mushroom

THEO
2 months ago

Ah, well, it looks here like we have yet another classic case of some people just being better at swimming than other people

Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
2 months ago

🚩

Faster in individual than relay. I don’t want this kid swimming for me. Not a team player

Juan Cena
Reply to  Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
2 months ago

lol

Andrew
Reply to  Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
2 months ago

Ratio

Admin
Reply to  Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
2 months ago

Damn that’s a bad take. Tell us what team you coach so he can be sure to not swim for you lol.

Ratio
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Sarcasm buddy

DPR
2 months ago

Both these boys are just having fun. Let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Dan
2 months ago

Surprised 1:32.4 has last so long as Virginia’s record.

Andrew
Reply to  Dan
2 months ago

not really. UVA men kind of suck at anything other than the 50/100 free

Suckit
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Uh wrong. Check out Jack aikins in back and Noah nichols in breast. There are others. And soon enough it will be much like the women’s program.

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Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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