Carson Foster Obliterates 400 IM 17-18 NAG, Moves to #2 All-Time, With 3:35.27

by Robert Gibbs 40

October 16th, 2020 College, News

Texas, Texas A&M, Southern Methodist University

  • October 16-17, 2020
  • Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
  • 25 yards
  • Unscored
  • Live Results (Also on Meet Mobile as “2020 ST TEX First Chance Meet”)
  • Day 1 Results

The word on the street was that a couple Texas freshmen had their sights set on national age group records this weekend, and tonight didn’t disappoint, as Carson Foster knocked over two seconds off the 400 IM record with his time of 3:35.27. The record previously stood at 3:37.52, set by Andrew Seliskar in 2015. That’s also a lifetime best for Foster by over 3 seconds, eclipsing his 3:38.65 from last December.

Comparative Splits

Foster 20 Seliskar 15
Fly 49.04 49.60
Back 53.93 54.80
Breast 1:00.92 1:01.30
Free 51.38 51.82

Foster outsplit Seliskar in each of the four strokes, including breast, where Seliskar is especially strong in short course swimming.

Race video:

Even more impressively, Foster, just shy of his 19th birthday, is now the second fastest man of any age, ever, in the event, tailing only Chase Kalisz and his 3:33.42 from 2017.

Place Swimmer Time
1 Chase Kalisz 3:33.42
2 Carson Foster 3:35.27
3 Abrahm DeVine 3:35.29
4 Hugo Gonzalez 3:35.76
5 Josh Prenot 3:35.82
6 Tyler Clary 3:35.98
7 Andrew Seliskar 3:36.18
8 Michael Phelps 3:36.26
9 Mark Szaranek 3:36.31
10 Will Licon 3:36.37

Adding to the list of accolades, Foster also now owns the Texas team record, previously held by Will Licon with his 3:36.37 from the 2015 NCAA Championships.

Foster will most likely also be aiming at the 200 free NAG tomorrow. He comes into this meet with a lifetime best of 1:32.99, while the NAG stands at 1:32.18, held by former Longhorn Maxime Rooney.

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2 years ago

Did I just watch a 400 IM sprint? Damn ginaaaaaaaaaa

2 years ago

Wow! St. Xavier High School should automatically be stripped of every single state championship they have won for allowing this talent to slip away

2 years ago

My opinion if Carson breaks 3:30 because of how he translates to LC I think he will have a crack at that world record.

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2 years ago

For the nexr big record, Robert, can you use “incinerates” please?

2 years ago

I just realized for Carson to go under 1:30 he would have to basically go a best time at the 100 then have to hold the pace.

2 years ago

absolutely insane.

2 years ago

I thought that Rooney was at Florida when he set that NAG record.

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