2021 ST TXLA Long Course Kick Off
- April 23-26, 2021
- Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin, TX
- Results on Meet Mobile as “2021 ST TXLA Long Course Kick Off”
It’s getting to be the time of year where we see some big swims at even relatively smaller meets, as the nation’s top swimmers tune up for Olympic Trials, and tonight, University of Texas’ Carson Foster popped a 4:13.79 in the 400 IM at the Longhorn Aquatics Long Course Kick Off meet in Austin.
That’s the 2nd-best time ever for Foster, just 0.40s off of his lifetime best of 4:13.39 from the 2019 Summer Nationals. That 4:13 also makes him the faster swimmer in the nation this season, besting Sean Grieshop’s 4:16.14 from the Mission Viejo PSS stop. Foster had had the 2nd-fastest time in the country with a 4:16.51 from the San Antonio PSS stop.
Carson’s brother and teammate Jake Foster took 2nd tonight with a 4:17.04, highlighted by a 1:11 breaststroke split. That’s his 3rd-fastest performance ever, with his lifetime best sitting at 4:15.03 from the 2019 Summer Nationals.
The only other event tonight was the 400m free, where Texas’ Coby Carrozza won with a 3:52.55. That time puts him inside the top ten in the US so far this season, and also appears to be a lifetime best by 0.15s. Teammate David Johnston also hit a new lifetime best, finishing 2nd with a 3:54.20, taking the better part of a second off of his previous best of 3:55.06. Johnston also finished 3rd in the 400 IM behind the Foster brothers with a 4:26.35.
We’ll update the recap to note, that as suggested by our commenters, it also looks like
three two Texas post-grads swam stroke 400s. Longhorn alum John Shebat, primarily known as a sprinter and backstroker, logged only the third official 400m free of his career, going 4:11.83. His best time still stands at 4:07.56 from 2016, and the only other swim in the SWIMS database for him is a 5:33.69 back when he was just ten years old in 2007.
2016 Olympian and former Georgia Bulldog Gunnar Bentz, who now trains with the Texas postgrad group, posted an Instagram story indicating he swam fly for the 400 free, and he went 4:22.22. Texas alum Will Licon presumably swam breast en route to a 4:38.84. The Texas coaching staff has confirmed that Shebat swam free, while Bentz and Licon did swim fly and breast, respectively.