Carson Foster Bests Michael Phelps’ 15-16 400 IM NAG Record in Fiji

In prelims of the 400 IM Friday morning at the 2018 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, 16-year-old Carson Foster took almost three tenths off Michael Phelps‘ 15-16 National Age Group record in the 400 IM.

Foster, who bested Caeleb Dressel‘s 200 free 15-16 NAG Thursday, split 57.02/1:03.52/1:14.08/1:00.30 to win the race in 4:14.92. Phelps’ previous record was 4:15.20, set in 2001. Phelps now only holds one 15-16 NAG: his 1:54.58 200 fly, also from 2001.

We were unable to locate Phelps’ splits from the 2001 US Spring National Championships anywhere. If you have them, please send to [email protected], and we’ll compare them with Foster’s.

Foster’s previous best time was from U.S. Summer Nationals in 2017, where he went 4:21.10.

The Texas commit is the top qualifier in the event by over five seconds, with Japan’s Masayuki Otake and Keiya Tamaru tied for second in 4:20.23. In fourth was Carson’s older brother Jake Foster in 4:21.29.

Top 10 All-Time: US Boys 15-16 400 IM

1 Carson Foster 4:14.92
2 Michael Phelps 4:15.20
3 Sean Grieshop 4:15.67
4 Gunnar Bentz 4:17.43
5 Jake Foster 4:19.40
6 Marci Barta 4:19.47
7 Andrew Seliskar 4:20.96
8 Jarod Arroyo 4:20.96
9 Robert Finke 4:21.04
10 Mikey Calvillo 4:22.09

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Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
3 years ago

HOT DAMN

joe
3 years ago

Urlando went a 4:18 and would have moved to 5th all-time but he got DQed. Hopefully he puts together a fast and clean 200 IM.

Anon
Reply to  joe
3 years ago

Why does he keep getting DQ? He did in his 200 IM at nationals.

Aflyer
Reply to  joe
3 years ago

Any idea why he got DQed?

Swammer from Wakanda
Reply to  Aflyer
3 years ago

False start I think

Joe
Reply to  Swammer from Wakanda
3 years ago

Oof that’s the worst way to get deeked in a 4 IM

Admin
Reply to  Aflyer
3 years ago

He was DQ’ed for not finishing on his back.

Swim4fun
Reply to  Aflyer
3 years ago

The announcer said disqualification for lane 7 of heat 3 for shoulders past vertical at the backstroke finish, is that urlando?

Robbos
3 years ago

The US production lines continues.

Snarky
3 years ago

Watched that. He looked amazing.

Danjohnrob
3 years ago

According to the TYR Rankings here on Swimswam, Carson’s time ranks him 23rd in the world this year! He’s less than a second off the Junior World Record at this point!

Double Arm Freestyle
Reply to  Danjohnrob
3 years ago

He’s still a ways off the true junior world record, which, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think is Hagino’s 4:08.9 from London.

Admin
Reply to  Double Arm Freestyle
3 years ago

You are wrong. 2012 was before World Junior Records were recognized. WJR is 4:14.00 by Sean Grieshop from Trials.

Crannman
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

I think what he meant by “true” is the actual greatest time by someone 18 and younger, which from what I know is Hagino’s 4:08.9 (Phelps 17-18 NAG is for 4:09.09). Considering that 4:14.0 looks mediocre at best in comparison to the out of world times of Hagino and Phelps, it is far to say that Hagino’s time is a WR that should truly be recognized, leaving it to be a subjective question as to whether it is “true” or not…..

Double Arm Freestyle
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

I know the official one is Grieshop’s but was thinking the fastest time by a junior swimmer as the “true” junior world record as it has been referred to in the past with a couple of Phelp’s and similar swimmers’ junior swims

Admin
Reply to  Double Arm Freestyle
3 years ago

Gotcha, I missed the “true.”

Bob Glover
Reply to  Double Arm Freestyle
3 years ago

Would love to have an article of the fastest 18 under times ever. For example Missy’s 200 back, Thorpe’s 400 free, Hagino’s 400 IM, Ledecky’s times, and Phelps in a few events I imagine etc…

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 Golds in Tokyo
Reply to  Bob Glover
3 years ago

Here’s the men
50 free: Michael Andrew 21.75 2017
100 free: Kyle Chalmers 47.58 2017
200 free: Ian Thorpe 1:44.06 2001 *
400 Free: Ian Thorpe 3:40.17 2001
800 Free: Ian Thorpe 7:39.16 2001
1500 Free: Mack Horton 14:48.76 2014
100 back: Kliment Kolesnikov 52.53 2018
200 back: Kliment Kolesnikov 1:55.14 2017
100 Breast: Nicolo Martinenghi 59.01 2017
200 Breast: Nicolo Martinenghi 2:09.39 2017
100 Fly: Kristof Milak 50.62 2017
200 Fly Kristof Milak 1:52.71 2018
200 IM: Michael Phelps 1:55.94 2003
400 IM: Kosuke Hagino 4:08.94 2012

* = Danila Izotov went 1:43.90 in 2009. But it was… 2009. We all know those times were BS.

Zanna

Correction – 100 free : Kyle Chalmers 47.58 2016

Hank

Didn’t Thorpe always wear a body suit in his swims?

Love to Swim
Reply to  Hank
3 years ago

Ian Thorpe broke 400free WR in Speedo briefs

https://youtu.be/Jnz08P6sQEQ

Boknows34

200 breast: Yamaguchi 2.07.01

He was 18 (born 1994) when he broke the WR in 2012.

Togger

Was Sun not 18 when he went 14:35 at 2010 Asian Games? His birthday’s listed as December on Wikipedia.

dfgdfgg
Reply to  Togger
3 years ago

World junior records don’t go by the age of the athlete to the date, they go by the age of the athlete by December 31st of that year. This means that Sun would be ineligible at that time for a WJR as he was 19 years old by December 31st of that year.

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 Golds in Tokyo
Reply to  Bob Glover
3 years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_junior_world_records_in_swimming

This list provides true junior records as well.

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 9 Golds in Tokyo
Reply to  Bob Glover
3 years ago

And I screwed up my username so plz don’t ban me swimswam.

carlo
3 years ago

How tall is carson foster?
Dude is good on a ridiculous number of events

ASUSWIMFAN46290
Reply to  carlo
3 years ago

5’2

Jalen Stimes
Reply to  ASUSWIMFAN46290
3 years ago

I highly doubt that.

Rumbuns
Reply to  carlo
3 years ago

I’d guess he’s ~ 5’ 7” or maybe 5’ 8”. That’s just guessing from pictures

Admin
Reply to  Rumbuns
3 years ago

He’s 6’1, per his father. Jake is 6’2. Dad is 6’3 so both boys probably have a little more growing in them.

Dudeman
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Wow, he definitely does not look that tall on video. I guess it’s because half of his teammates are 6’3 or taller he looks smaller by comparison

Speed Racer
Reply to  Dudeman
3 years ago

On a good day Carson is 5’9. I am sure dad in addition to being “6’3” weighs a svelte 175lbs and can bench 220 with one hand behind his back.

carlo
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Maybe he,s had a recent growth spurt. When I see him in photos and videos, he usually looks like 3/4 inches shorter than his older brother and shorter than team mates. Looks about 5,8/5,9.

Dcrabbe6
3 years ago

Love Marci,he is a Hungarian though Hahahah

Jalen Stimes
3 years ago

I am speechless… he IS the next GOAT.

Lpman
Reply to  Jalen Stimes
3 years ago

Too soon…too soon

Love to Swim
Reply to  Jalen Stimes
3 years ago

At Foster’s age, Phelps and Thorpe had broken multiple world records and became world champion.

Foster has not even broken a single Junior WR.

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