Carson Foster Blasts 4:09.43 500 At “Fast Friday” Texas Practice

by Sidney Zacharias 25

November 18th, 2022 Big 12, College, News

Texas junior Carson Foster appears to have dropped a 4:09.43 at a “Fast Friday” practice this afternoon in Austin. 

Kyle Sockwell posted the results on Twitter:

It is hard to be sure who the other swims belong to, but Sockwell reports in the comments that Shaine Casas is the 4:19.10 and David Johnston is believed to be the 4:13.32.

Foster’s swim marks a massive personal best. According to the SWIMS database, his official best time is 4:20.21, which he swam in 2018 at the Ohio High School State meet. The last time he officially swam the event was in a dual meet last year against Incarnate Word. He got disqualified for a false start, but touched the wall at 4:23.59.

The time is also unofficially the fastest in the country so far this year, even with a majority of midseason invites nearing their end this weekend. Jake Magahey is the only other sub 4:10.0 500 freestyler this season, as he clocked a 4:09.83 at the UGA Invite yesterday.

Johnston’s swim is an unofficial season best time, improving on the 4:14.54 he swam at the Texas vs. Virginia dual meet. His best time of 4:10.96 was set at NCAAs this past March.

If the 4:19.10 does in fact belong to Casas, that would be a best time for him by just under a second. The last time he officially competed in the event was in 2020 at the Texas A&M vs. TCU dual meet, where he clocked a 4:19.97.

Texas does not have their midseason invite until November 30th, when they head north for the Minnesota Invite. It is unlikely that Foster will swim the 500 there, but as a distance free specialist, Johnston will likely be entered in it. 

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Taa
2 months ago

To be the best you have to beat Marchand Carson is not gonna avoid racing him in March. Right now Carson has an advantage in back and Marchand in breast. 200fr last March I think Marchand broke 1:30 in relay so Carson need to go faster than that. We will see

Horninco
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Eddie will have Carson swim whichever events maximize points for Texas. That said, 500 free might be a better option, Texas is very deep in both the 200IM and 500Free.

We will see what kind of drops Enyeart gets at the invite in two weeks, but very possible Texas goes 3up 2 down in the 500 if Carson swims it, or even 3/3 or 4/2. Even if you concede the race to Magahey, which I wouldn’t, Texas could go easily 2/3/7 with Hobson, Foster and Johnston. Then Enyeart, Carrozza and Zettle would get at least two down.

The 200 IM is not a great event for Carson, too many other long sprinters get in that race and muddle… Read more »

Ande Rasmussen
2 months ago

I was there and filmed the last half of it. https://youtu.be/NxsYaTCMMUQ

Demarrit Steenbergen
Reply to  Ande Rasmussen
2 months ago

Gods work

Jimbob
2 months ago

When they do a fast Friday I’m assuming it’s no morning practice and maybe a shorter distance day on Thursday? Otherwise, LoL

JeahBrah
2 months ago

If the schedule wasn’t a factor, would Carson be capable of making the US Olympic team in more individual events than any swimmer since Phelps?

Swim2win
Reply to  JeahBrah
2 months ago

400 IM, 200 IM, 200 fly, 400 free, 200 back, 200 free

I think so yea

Grant Drukker
Reply to  JeahBrah
2 months ago

Phelps swam close to or broke AR/WR In 07 in
200 free, 100/200fly, 200/400im, 100/200bk, and a year later broke the AR in 100 free multiple times.

Last edited 2 months ago by Grant Drukker
Swim2win
Reply to  Grant Drukker
2 months ago

hence the SINCE

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Swim2win
2 months ago

You act like people read on the internet.

Willswim
Reply to  JeahBrah
2 months ago

Does Lochte count as “since Phelps”?

Owlmando
Reply to  Willswim
2 months ago

Ima say no since they were contemporaries and lochtes int career pretty much ended at the same time as phelps despie his best effort

Plus during peak lochte i reckon phelps could still qualify in the same amount as lochte if he wanted

Grant Drukker
2 months ago

Doubt he described it as monotonous

Andrew
2 months ago

Imagine going a 4:09 in an event that arguably isn’t even in your top 5 best events for yards…

chazoozle
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

in practice

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

In SCY his top 6 based upon NCAA finish might be as follows. After looking at this, especially if Hugo returns, it might be wise to swim the 500 on night 1, as long as he isn’t destroyed for the rest of the meet from doing 2x500s.

  1. 400 IM – Marchard
  2. 200 Back – Lasco
  3. 500 Free – Magahey, maybe Hobson
  4. 200 Free – House, maybe Miller, maybe Curry, maybe Hobson
  5. 200 Fly – Burns, Jett
  6. 200 IM – Marchard, Lasco, Coll Marti, maybe Polonsky (was 1:39 last year)
Andrew
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
2 months ago

if carson is going to be handling longhorn relay duties in a lasco-esque fashion this year, I doubt he swims the 500 on day 1, especially considering Texas may put 4 up anyways without him (Hobson, Johnston, Enyeart, are safe bets potentially even Carozza, Larson, or Zettle). Not to mention Cal is weak in the 500.

Despite his potential to challenge the clear favorite Magahey, it would be best to keep him as fresh as possible since he will likely be swimming 4 relays. 2 500s in a day is extremely taxing, I don’t care who you are. Look at what happened to Townley’s 200 free at 2019 NCs

Stan Crump
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Maybe it will be now.

Swimmer.
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Probably a 22 yard pool like the orange and white meet.

Richard
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

200 fly is easily my worst event but I could still probably break 4:09 in it 😂

Michael Andrew Wilson
2 months ago

The guy who went 4:16 came home in 28.5?! Maybe that was Hobson?

And the 4:22s…Coby? Enyeart?

So many questions. Eager for invite.

MrBreaststroke
Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
2 months ago

Other times were girls swimming different events.

Joe
Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
2 months ago

The 4:16 was a 450 split I think

Ragnar
2 months ago

Kyle Sockwell is such a cool dude, great at Texas Gold. A 4:09!!!! Foster can do everything, those 2024 Paris IM races aren’t set in stone yet, what an engine on him. MP always said the 500 free was his fitness test and he never went that fast.