Carson Foster Swims 3:45.29 400 Free in Time Trial; #10 US Performer All-Time

2022 AUSTIN SOUTHERN SECTIONALS

  • July 7-10, 2022
  • Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin, TX
  • LCM
  • Live Results
  • Also on Meet Mobile as “2022 ST TXLA Speedo Southern Sectionals”

After becoming the #3 American 200 butterflier of all-time last night, Carson Foster once again climbed the US all-time rankings. This time, Foster swam a 3:45.29 400 freestyle which makes him the #10 American of all-time.

Prior to today, Foster’s best time was a 3:48.35 which he swam at the 2021 Austin Sectionals meet. That time sat him just outside of the top 25 US performers of all-time.

US Top 10 All-Time Performers

  1. Larsen Jensen, 3:42.78
  2. Peter Vanderkaay, 3::43.11
  3. Conor Dwyer, 3:43.42
  4. Connor Jaeger, 3:43.79
  5. Erik Vendt, 3:43.92
  6. Kieran Smith, 3:43.94
  7. Klete Keller, 3:44.11
  8. Zane Grothe, 3:44.43
  9. Townley Haas, 3:45.04
  10. Carson Foster, 3:45.29

Foster’s time of 3:45.29 tonight would have qualified him for the event at 2022 Worlds. Kieran Smith won the event at US International Team Trials in a 3:46.61. Foster did not compete in the event at International Team Trials in April, opting to focus on the 200 freestyle, 200 IM, and 400 IM instead. Notably, he qualified for the US Worlds team in all three of those events.

Foster’s time tonight also is the fastest by the US this year as Smith swam a 3:45.70 and Trey Freeman swam a 3:46.12 at Worlds. Foster’s time would have finished sixth at 2022 Worlds, less than two seconds off of the podium.

This is now the second summer in a row where one of the fastest US men’s 400 freestyles has come out of a time trial. Last summer, Jake Mitchell swam a 3:45.86 during a Wave II Trials time trial to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Like this year’s International Team Trials, Foster did not compete in the event at Wave II Trials last summer.

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Owlmando
4 months ago

Surprised phelps isnt top 10 400 free. Competed 2005 worlds i think

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Owlmando
4 months ago

I think he was only 3:47 and died. He’d probably be faster if he swam it a few more times but that may have been his only big meet 400 free swim.

Jack
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
4 months ago

Nah he was a 3:50-mid and shut it down. He’d been 3:46 and 3:47 that year without a taper. He just misjudged how easy he could get away with going in prelims.

Bignowhere
Reply to  Owlmando
4 months ago

He did but it didn’t go well

How much can CD bench???
Reply to  Owlmando
4 months ago

Still I’m curious what he would have gone had he been able to swim it in 08

Jack
Reply to  How much can CD bench???
4 months ago

He was a real easy-looking 3:46 at 2003 Nats. In prelims at 2005 Worlds he just misjudged what was going to make the final. I imagine 2008 Phelps would’ve been a 3:41-3:42

Hank
4 months ago

.08 short of Vanderkaay’s pool record!

swimfan27
4 months ago

Why’d he time trial the event here if he was also entered it individually? Does this indicate he won’t be swimming the rest of the meet and is out of the 200 back?

Jay Ryan
4 months ago

The Kid has arrived

Timekeeper
4 months ago

Texas boys haven’t seemed rested enough for their peak meet in several years. Give them another meet next week and they will keep getting faster 😬

Mr Piano
Reply to  Timekeeper
4 months ago

They aren’t tapering until 2024

Editor
Reply to  Mr Piano
4 months ago

Except for the Orange-White Meet and class relays.

HJones
Reply to  Timekeeper
4 months ago

Wonder if we can get another 200 FR out of Kibler this summer? I think he could dip under 1:45.

Texan
Reply to  Timekeeper
4 months ago

Are you suggesting sectionals in early July is their target meet?

Swimmer
Reply to  Texan
4 months ago

No he’s suggesting the opposite. They always go faster a little after they were supposed to

Randy Teeters
4 months ago
Randy Teeters
Reply to  Randy Teeters
4 months ago

Rookie on the Video

Randy Teeters
Reply to  Randy Teeters
4 months ago

Beautiful Swim

swimfan27
4 months ago

Crazy swim.

swimfast
4 months ago

Extremely talented. This kinda just catapulted him an extra few spots up the rankings as greatest American male all around swimmers, ever.

Last edited 4 months ago by swimfast

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