Carson Foster Sets Meet Record, Moves up Rankings With 1:42 200 IM

by Robert Gibbs 3

December 06th, 2018 News


17 year-old Carson Foster of the Mason Manta Rays continued to roll the second evening of the 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East. After dropping a 21.76 medley relay leadoff and a 1:34.04 leading off the 800 free relay last night, this evening Foster knocked a second off of his personal best to win the 200 IM with a time of 1:42.54.

Foster’s time broke the meet record, which had previously belonged to Michael Andrew and his time of 1:42.77 from 2015.

Tonight’s swim appears to move up Foster up to 3rd all-time in the 17-18 age group, moving him past Gunnar Bentz, Tom Kremer, Andrew (who didn’t improve on his 2015 time while in the 17-18 age group), Shaine Casas, Chase Kalisz, and Andrew Seliskar, and behind only Ryan Murphy and David Nolan, who holds the age group record of 1:41.39 from his legendary 2011 swim at the Pennsylvania high school state championship meet.

All those men except Andrew, who didn’t compete in college, and Casas, who’s a freshmen at Texas A&M this year, were multiple-time scorers in the 200 IM at NCAAs, with several going four-for-four in A-finals. Foster’s time from tonight would’ve scored at the 2018 NCAA championships, putting him squarely in the middle of the B-final, something rare for a high school junior, especially in this event.

Foster just turned 17 this fall, so he’ll have over another year of competition to move ahead of Murphy and Nolan.

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Andrew Majeske

Urlando at the west meet went 1.42.99. He is 16 til March, so he might get one more rested attempt at Michael Andrews NAG of 1.42.77….


I’m late to the party when it comes to swimming, was David Nolan the first Phelps-era super-recruit in the sport?

in terms of a high-profile, superb athlete, could swim all events/any distances-not just good at-but world class at
just putting into terms of recruits post-Beijing, kids who wanted to swim more strokes/may have been in other sports and focused more on swimming

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