Carson Foster Ranks Behind Only Ryan Murphy on 15-16 200 Back List


16-year old Carson Foster, the younger of the Foster brothers competing at and dominating this week’s Winter Junior Championships – East, has jumped to #2 on the all-time rankings in the 15-16 boys’ 200 yard backstroke.

Foster won the race in 1:41.66, which leaves him behind only the defending Olympic champion Ryan Murphy on the all-time age group list. Murphy swam his time at the unified Short Course Junior National Championships in 2011, though he lost to his future teammate Jacob Pebley (1:40.79) in that race.

Foster’s best time coming into the meet was a 1:44.30, which he’s now cut by a second-and-a-half this weekend.

Destin Lasco finished 2nd in the race in 1:41.97, which ranks him 4th all-time in the age group.

Carson has also won the 200 IM ( 1:43.79), to rank 2nd all-time among 15-16s behind Michael Andrew; placed 3rd in the 100 back (47.15) to tie for 6th in the age group’s history; and swam a 3:44.16 in the 400 IM, which leaves him behind just Michael Phelps on that list.

All-Time Top 6, 15-16 Boys, 200 Yard Backstrokes

  1. Ryan Murphy, 1:40.90 – 2011
  2. Carson Foster, 1:41.66 – 2017
  3. Michael Taylor, 1:41.94 – 2015
  4. Destin Lasco, 1:41.97 – 2017
  5. Ethan Young, 1:43.06 – 2013
  6. Jack Conger, 1:43.16 – 2010


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4 years ago

By the way, Carson’s 1:43.79 is actually 2nd all-time, behind MA.

4 years ago

16 YO Destin Lasco swam a 1:41.97 tonight, so that makes him #4.

Both Carson and Destin have a shot at Ryan Murphy’s record.

4 years ago

What about Destin Lasco today in the 200 back? Shouldn’t he be on that list?

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