Maxime Rooney

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"They’re older than me, they probably have more experience, but I guess I bring the youth."

Maxime Rooney is an exciting young prospect from Northern California. The sprint freestyler has duel citizenship being half Filipino, but has opted to represent USA, the country he has grown up in.

Rooney swam for the Pleasanton Seahawks under coach Steve Morsilli before moving to Gainesville to swim for the University of Florida under Gregg Troy. After an impressive year of racing in 2015, Rooney earned a spot on the US National team. At just 17 years old, he became the youngest male on the team.

International Competition

At the 2015 U.S. National championships and still just a junior swimmer, Rooney lit up the pool in the 200 meters freestyle breaking the World Junior Record en route to winning gold. The promising swimmer touched in 1:47.10, just .01 ahead of 2nd place. Rooney took over two seconds off his previous best time, making him the fourth fastest American of the year.

After his impressive performance at the U.S. Nationals, Rooney was selected for the National Team. He became the youngest male swimmer on the 2015-2016 team.

2015 FINA World Youth Championships

In Singapore, Rooney didn’t disappoint in his first appearance in the Team USA uniform, collecting five medals. On day one, Rooney earned his first international medal in the 100 meter freestyle placing 2nd in 48.87. Doubling the distance in the 200 meter freestyle, he stormed to first place in 1:47.78, over half a second ahead of his teammate, Grant Shoults in 2nd place. The pair teamed up with Sean Grieshop and Grant House in the 4×200 freestyle relay to take gold in a new Junior World and Championship records. His other medals were silvers in the 4×100 meter freestyle and medley relays. Rooney also competed in the mixed 4×100 freestyle placing 5th in the final.

2015 Doha World cup

Rooney gained some valuable experience at his first senior international meet in Doha, leaving with some more hardware. Rooney came away with a bronze medal in what is proving to be his best event, the 200 meter freestyle. A second off his best time swam in the summer, he finished in 1:48.15. He also swam in the 100 meter freestyle. Despite going into the final in 2nd position, Rooney finished 6th in the final in 49.77.

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials

At his first Olympic trials, Rooney finished 9th in the 200 meter freestyle and 14th in the 100 meter freestyle.

College Swimming – University of Florida

Among the top three high school recruits in the nation, Rooney chose to move from the west coast to the east coast to swim for the University of Florida in 2016. Under University of Florida Head Coach Gregg Troy, Rooney’s ascent in the world rankings should continue.

Maxime Rooney Florida (photo: Lauren Neidigh)

2016-2017

In his first season as a Gator, Rooney earned three All-American honors for his performances at the 2017 NCAA Championships. His best finish came in the 400 yard freestyle relay where he combined with Caeleb Dressel, Jan Switkowski and Mark Szaranek to take the silver medal in 2:46.21 behind Texas. This was his second medal of the week after picking up a bronze on the first night in the 800 freestyle relay. His other All-American swim came in the 200 yard freestyle where he finished 6th in 1:32.98. Rooney also swam the 100 and 500 yard freestyle finishing 28th and 48th respectively.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Gold 200 Free 2015
Gold 800 Freestyle Relay 2015
Silver 100 Free 2015
Silver 400 Freestyle Relay 2015
Silver 400 Medley Relay 2015

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 50 Free 19.95 05/20/16 2016 CIF Championships
Fresno, California
scy 100 Free 42.45 02/18/17 2017 SEC Championships
Knoxville, Tennessee
scy 200 Free 1:32.18 05/14/16 2017 SEC Championships
Knoxville, Tennessee
scy 500 Free 4:18.66 05/15/14 2017 SEC Championships
Knoxville, Tennessee
scy 100 Fly 46.63 12/19/15 2015 CA/NV Winter Sectionals
Monterey Park, California
scy 200 Fly 1:44.23 12/20/15 2015 CA/NV Winter Sectionals
Monterey Park, California
lcm 50 Free 22.99 08/03/15 2015 Junior Nationals
San Antonio, Texas
lcm 100 Free 48.87 08/30/15 2015 FINA World Junior Championships
Singapore, Singapore
lcm 200 Free 1:47.10 08/07/15 2015 US Nationals
San Antonio, Texas
lcm 400 Free 3:51.88 12/03/15 2015 US Winter Nationals
Federal Way, Washington
lcm 100 Fly 53.25 08/04/16 2016 U.S. Open
Minneapolis, Minnesota
lcm 200 Fly 1:59.26 07/30/15 2014 Junior Nationals
Irvine, California
Maxime Rooney on the podium at 2014 Summer Juniors. Photo: Anne Lepesant