Jake Magahey

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Jake Magahey is a competitive swimmer that represents the United States internationally. He first appeared in SwimSwam in May of 2017 after posting a 4:01.76 in the 400m freestyle at age 15, making a 5.7 second drop to do so.

Magahey continued to improve at a fast rate, giving him the #3 rank on SwimSwam’s Way Too Early NCAA Recruit Ranks: Boys’ Class of 2020 list. When the official rankings did come out, Magahey sat at #5. On April 2, 2019, Magahey announced his verbal commitment to swim at the University of Georgia.

National/International Competition

2018 Summer Nationals

At nationals in Irvine, Magahey, 16, won the D-final of the 400 free in a time of 3:51.38. That put him 2nd all-time in the 15-16 age group, and also earned him a spot on the Junior Pan Pacific Championship team.

2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships

On Day 1 in Fiji, Magahey earned his first international medal, touching for 2nd in the 200 free behind American Drew Kibler in a time of 1:48.67. On Day 2, Magahey won his first gold, leading off Team USA in the 4×200 free relay (1:49.40) to help the US touch 1st.

On Day 3, Magahey finished 10th in the 400 free, touching 2nd in the B heat behind teammate Dare Rose in a time of 3:54.13. On the final day, Magahey added to his medal haul, scoring a bronze in the 800 free with a time of 8:06.16.

2018 Winter Junior National Championships – East

Magahey ended 2018 with another stellar meet, this time in Greensboro, North Carolina. In his first event of the meet, Magahey took the 500 free title, winning in a new personal best of 4:14.61. The next day, Magahey took 4th in the 200 free in 1:35.64. On the final day, he took the title in the 1,650, touching 1st in 14:51.54.

Oldest High School Record in the Books

At the 2019 Georgia 6A/7A State Championships, Jake Magahey broke the oldest high school record in the books, clocking a 4:15.63 in the 500 free. That broke Jeff Kostoff’s public high school record of 4:16.39 done in 1983. Magahey also won the 200 free at that meet in 1:35.62.

2019 National Championships

At the 2019 nationals in Palo Alto, Magahey finished 9th in the 400 free (3:50.70), 13th in the 200 free (1:48.81), and 25th in the 100 free (49.20). This qualified him to swim the 100/400 free individually at the 2019 World Junior Championships, as well as on the 4×200 free relay.

2019 World Junior Championships

On Day 1, Magahey swam on the 4×100 free relay in finals, where he split 49.51 on the 1st leg to help break the world junior record in a time of 3:15.80. Magahey continued his relay heroics in the 4×200 free relay, leading off in 1:48.11 to help the US team take down another world junior record, this time by over 2.5 seconds to touch for gold in 7:08.37.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Gold 400 Freestyle Relay 2019 World Junior Championships
Gold 800 Freestyle Relay 2019 World Junior Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 200 Free 1:32.22 02/25/21 2021 SEC Championships
Columbia, Missouri
scy 500 Free 4:06.71 02/24/21 2021 SEC Championships
Columbia, Missouri
scy 1650 Free 14:33.78 11/20/20 2020 UGA Fall Invitational
Athens, Georgia
lcm 100 Free 49.20 07/31/19 2019 National Championships
Palo Alto, California
lcm 200 Free 1:47.30 05/14/21 2021 Atlanta Classic
Atlanta, Georgia
lcm 400 Free 3:50.70 08/03/19 2019 National Championships
Palo Alto, California
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