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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3 months ago

Woooooooohooooooo! HUGE SWIM. Tokyo bound!

3 months ago

Cannot wait for tomorrow and the race video

3 months ago

I’m scared to see what he goes tomorrow in the 200 free tomorrow

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3 months ago

Not as likely to happen yet but dare I say the youngest ever under 1:30?

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3 months ago

Mid 1:31 would be my guess. But stranger things have happened.

Jalen Stimes
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3 months ago

I’m predicting 1:31.3

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3 months ago

I just realized for Carson to try and break 1:30 he would have to basically flip in a best time at the 100 43 low and hold on.