Carson Foster Hits Nation-Leading 4:13.79 400 IM at TXLA Long Course Kickoff

2021 ST TXLA Long Course Kick Off

  • April 23-26, 2021
  • Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin, TX
  • LCM
  • 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.

Plenty of Texas’ other top swimmers or alum participated, including mid-distance freestylers Drew Kibler (3:56.41), Jeff Newkirk (3:57.08), and Townley Haas (3:58.10) in the 400 free.

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.

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JCO
11 days ago

I believe Bentz’s 400 was a 400 fly (his Instagram story hints at that)

Jim
Reply to  JCO
11 days ago

And Shebat did 400 back I believe

Luis Vargas
Reply to  Jim
11 days ago

Shebat actually did swim free, but Licon did 400 breast, Bentz fly.

Last edited 11 days ago by Luis Vargas
Chad
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
11 days ago

Did Townley do anything special with his? I really hope a 3:58 isn’t all he could muster from the blocks

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Chad
11 days ago

We all know what in-season Townley is like…

DDias
Reply to  Luis Vargas
11 days ago

Well, 400breast was an Olympic event up to the 1920 Olympics.

R&R
Reply to  DDias
9 days ago

With a break for tea at the 200.

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  JCO
11 days ago

400 Fly LC is definitely what nightmares are made of, but 400 BR LC is not too far behind. It must feel like your forearms are getting ready to fall off.

NCSwimFan
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
11 days ago

4:38 is a legit time there, too!

MarkB
Reply to  NCSwimFan
11 days ago

2 x 2:19 with no rest. Nice swim!

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  MarkB
11 days ago

I remember doing a 400 ‘form’ set back in the day. I sat on the ankles of a flyer doing breaststroke planning to attack at the 300. They had me covered though. Still so impressed by their strength.

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  NCSwimFan
11 days ago

800 IM was a rynning joke at my old summer league team….then I grew up and started doing 1600 IM for warmup

Chad
11 days ago

Speaking of the 400 IM, what’s been going on with Chase Kalisz? Is he training for this event? I can’t think of the last time I saw him swim it.

NCSwimFan
Reply to  Chad
11 days ago

I don’t know, but I really think if he is he’s becoming less and less of a lock to make the team in the 4 IM. With Litherland, Grieshop, and Foster all looking good this year (and Finke obviously being a factor), it seems like it ought to be hard for Kalisz to just waltz onto the team. Still think he’s favored in the 2 IM to claim a spot, though.

Thomas
Reply to  NCSwimFan
11 days ago

I wonder if Kieran Smith has any interest in the event or if he’s purely looking at the freestyle events.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Thomas
11 days ago

I’ve been curious about this too. 400 IM & 400 Free are both on first day, which really sucks for him since he has a legit shot at both. Presumably he will need to pick one or other. Maybe swim both in prelims and see what happens?

Ghost
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
11 days ago

No way he swims 4IM!

Bub
Reply to  Thomas
11 days ago

Considering he’s probably the favorite to win the 400 free there’s no way

A C
Reply to  Chad
11 days ago

Where is the 400IM on the Olympic Trials schedule: before or after 200IM?

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  A C
11 days ago

It’s on the first day.

Comet
Reply to  Chad
11 days ago

I personally don’t think Kalisz will make the team

Chad
Reply to  Comet
11 days ago

I have a feeling he’ll make the team. He’s been the Phelps/Bowman prodigy for years now. I don’t think those two would ever let Kalisz live it down if he slacked on training to the point where he missed the team lol

Clarkkent
11 days ago

Heard Shebat retired last may…. glad he’s back in the water

wkkd
Reply to  Clarkkent
9 days ago

John Shebat, more like John Shebetter get back in the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!