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
3 months ago

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

Jim
Reply to  JCO
3 months ago

And Shebat did 400 back I believe

Luis Vargas
Reply to  Jim
3 months ago

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

Last edited 3 months ago by Luis Vargas
Chad
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
3 months 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
3 months ago

We all know what in-season Townley is like…

DDias
Reply to  Luis Vargas
3 months ago

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

R&R
Reply to  DDias
3 months ago

With a break for tea at the 200.

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  JCO
3 months 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
3 months ago

4:38 is a legit time there, too!

MarkB
Reply to  NCSwimFan
3 months ago

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

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  MarkB
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

No way he swims 4IM!

Bub
Reply to  Thomas
3 months ago

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

A C
Reply to  Chad
3 months ago

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

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  A C
3 months ago

It’s on the first day.

Comet
Reply to  Chad
3 months ago

I personally don’t think Kalisz will make the team

Chad
Reply to  Comet
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

wkkd
Reply to  Clarkkent
3 months ago

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

Hank
3 months ago

These guys have a ways to go to catch Daiya Seto. Is Lochte swimming the 4IM at trials or just the 2IM?

tnp101
3 months ago

Ledecky could give these guys a good battle for 400 Free. That would be fun to see if she would have swum with these guys, they could have pushed her to break 3.57s.

Yozhik
Reply to  tnp101
3 months ago

When Katie went for the first time under 4min in Barcelona at the age of 16 becoming a world champion her first reaction was surprisingly that how those boys who were training with her at home are feeling now. It was said in the interview immediately after race on the deck of the pool.
Those times are long gone already and competing with men in the pool is not a motivation for full-grown woman anymore.

Last edited 3 months ago by Yozhik
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago
Austinpoolboy
3 months ago

I always thought Licon had better shot at 400im than 100 breast, but I get how it is more fun to go for the shorter race. Too bad they conflict on the Olympic schedule

dvdv
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 months ago

Although to quote Josh Prenot from 2016, “Porque no los dos?”

Went on to go 4:14.1+59.7 in prelims at Trials.

Bevo
3 months ago

What’s amazing about these swims is that there is nobody in the stands. This is pure unrested racing. Really impressive. Every coach and swimmer around the country have to be given a pat on the back for how they are approaching the Omaha trials.

Ghost
Reply to  Bevo
3 months ago

You really think having spectators in the stands really makes a difference? I don’t think if Licon’s mommy and daddy were there cheering him would make any difference!!! Men’s ncaa meet was pretty good with no fans!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

Have you ever met Licon’s mommy and daddy? They’re some A+ spectators. Often hired for various competitions to get the crowd going.

He said what?
Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

Yes, spectators in the stands DOES make a difference. If you don’t agree, fine, but getting snarky about it isn’t necessary.

Hank
Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

Haha 😂

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Bevo
3 months ago

It’ll be interesting to see how the spectator-less OTs and Olympics will affect various swimmers. Will the ones who feed off adrenaline rush not be as sharp (as an example, would Beijing Phelps have been Beijing Phelps time-wise?) and would those who might choke under extreme pressure have better outcomes (C1, for example)?

Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

I see Townley’s rounding into shape for his ungodly time drop at taper. Oh how I miss those 1:36 200 SCY frees in-season.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

I think there were meets where he’d go 1:37/1:38s in dual meets.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 months ago

Yeah, 1:36 was a good day.

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

What I really miss are Townley’s insightful and articulate interviews. Can’t wait for Omaha.