Carson Foster Swims 400 IM in 4:08.46, Would Have Won Olympic Trials

by Jack McCormick 132

July 23rd, 2021 News

2021 SUMMER SOUTHERN SECTIONALS

  • July 22-25, 2021
  • Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin, Texas
  • Long Course Meters (LCM)
  • Results on MeetMobile: “2021 ST TXLA Speedo Southern Sectionals”

On the second day of the Southern Sectionals meet in Austin, Texas, Carson Foster blasted a 4:08.46 in the 400 IM, a time that would have won the event at the Olympic Trials earlier this year.

At Wave II of the Olympic Trials last month, Foster finished in a heartbreaking third place in the race, missing an Olympic birth by just half of a second behind Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland. Just over a month later, his swim in the race would have won at Trials by nearly the same amount, as Kalisz won that race in 4:09.09.

For Foster, that swim also marks a big-time drop in the event, as his 4:10.50 from the prelims at Trials was his previous lifetime best. Foster is now the fastest American performer in the event this year, as well as the second-fastest since 2016. The only American who has been faster than him since then is Kalisz, who finished in 4:05.90 at the 2017 World Championships. If he was competing in Tokyo, he would have been seeded in third in the race, with Kalisz and Daiya Seto ahead of him.

Olympic Trials Southern Sectionals
Fly 55.80 55.80
Back 1:02.63 1:03.43
Breast 1:11.07 1:11.18
Free 1:01.00 58.05
Final Time 4:10.50 4:08.46

Foster took the fly leg out in the same time as he did at Trials before being slightly slower on both the back and breast legs of the race. The big difference came on the final 100, where he was nearly three seconds faster in Austin than he was in Omaha.

Outside of Foster, Karina Kanary of Longhorn Aquatics finished with the top time in the women’s 200 breast. The 16-year old held off Ella Smoker by over half of a second to touch in 2:34.03. Kanary finished 6th in Wave I of Olympic Trials in the event earlier this summer.

On the men’s side, it was Carson Foster‘s brother, Jacob Foster, who claimed the top spot in the men’s 200 breast. Like his brother, his time was faster than what he swam at Olympic Trials, although his would have left him finishing in 6th in the event. He finished in 2:10.41, almost a second faster than his finals swim from Trials.

Kelly Pash claimed her second event win of the weekend as she topped the podium in the 200 free. Pash stopped the clock in 2:00.36 to beat out Hayden Miller by over a second. Pash swims for the University of Texas, like both of the Foster brothers.

After finishing third in the 100 free on day one of the meet, Brett Pinfold took the top spot in the 200 free on day two. Pinfold, who swam collegiately for Wisconsin, touched in 1:50.37. He finished 7th in the 100 free at the Olympic Trials.

Continuing the trend of Longhorns winning events was Genevieve Pfeifer in the women’s 400 IM. Pfeifer, who just finished her senior year at Texas, won by 12 seconds, touching in 4:44.98. At Olympic Trials, she finished in 7th in the race in 4:40.23.

While Foster came away with the top men’s time in the 400 IM, Cooper Lucas took 2nd in 4:19.95. Only 16, the high school sophomore’s time was a huge lifetime best, as going into the meet his best finish in the race was 4:27.59. With that time, Lucas now sits as the 7th fastest performer in USA Swimming history for the 15-16 age group all-time, ahead of names such as Andrew Seliskar, Bobby Finke, and Luca Urlando.

2020-2021 LCM Men 400 IM

CarsonUSA
Foster
07/23
4:08.46
2Daiya
Seto
JPN4:09.0204/03
3Chase
Kalisz
USA4:09.0906/13
4Brendon
Smith
AUS4:09.2707/24
5Lewis
Clareburt
NZL4:09.4907/24
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Virtus
1 month ago

Bruh that ye shewin freestyle split would have been enough. Definitely feel for him

Last edited 1 month ago by Virtus
Joe
Reply to  Virtus
1 month ago

lmao

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Virtus
1 month ago

….great swim…and it hurts my soul

Charge
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
1 month ago

I think he figured out something in this race though

If he takes it forward and learns from it that’s what’s important

But yeah, a little bittersweet

2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Too little too late 🙁

Idc
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Well no… enough too late

monsterbasher
1 month ago

Eddie did the texas sqyad dirty with the taper.

Coach
Reply to  monsterbasher
1 month ago

Or…maybe he learned from his Trials swim, decided to relax the fly a bit and that allowed him to finish a lot stronger. That’s what the splits seem to suggest. Contrary to popular belief, performance is dictated by more than just “taper.”

Erik
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

Was there tonight, the fly definitely looked relaxed and it set up the rest of that race REALLY well..

Idc
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

I like how you said relax the fly of all the splits that was the exact same.

swimMOR
Reply to  Idc
1 month ago

If he relaxed the muscles and focused on technique rather than going out hard and muscling his way through the fly, he probably would end up around the same speed with way less energy used on the first leg. I’ve had plenty of races where I just focused on getting into a good groove and rhythm and ended going out much faster than I could’ve anticipated, but still had gas in the tank to bring it home. I’m guessing Carson took that route in this race.

Dudeman
1 month ago

Of course he did, 2024 will be his time. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him go faster in a few events now

PFA
Reply to  Dudeman
1 month ago

The only concerning thing which I think he’ll start to figure out as he races more on big stages is handling pressure.

Facts
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

Right now he’s kinda like Giannis Antetokounmpo before 2021 where he would have great in season swims but fall short in the postseason. He’ll have his Giannis moment soon and become world champ next year

monsterbasher
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

Foster Freak?

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Dudeman
1 month ago

Yes…going under 4:05 in the 4-IM, notching a 1:45 2-free feels like a real natural progression up to 2024

dresselgoat
1 month ago

4:10.50 was his best i think

Breastroke=Bestroke
1 month ago

He’s gonna be filthy in Paris

Kachow
Reply to  Breastroke=Bestroke
1 month ago

Not until he learns how to swim fast when he actually has to race people.

Last edited 1 month ago by Kachow
Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Breastroke=Bestroke
1 month ago

Only if he learns how to swim fast under pressure.

Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

I can lick my lower back sweat better than this dude can beat people in a close race. And trust me, I’ve tried to lick my lower back sweat A LOT and it is not easy.

dresselgoat
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

The anti Phelps?

SCCOACH
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Write better jokes

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Ban this troll

Le monke
Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
1 month ago

This type of commentary is great swimming is a sissy sport when it comes to trash talk. We need more of it.

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

Dressel 42.8, what do you think of fake mitchell in the 400 tomorrow? He also can’t race against other people

Sunday Morning Grind
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

This aged well 😂

reliable source
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
1 month ago

aight bro what’s your 4 IM time?

50free
Reply to  reliable source
1 month ago

In this race he is licking his back not swimming a 400IM against foster

Distance Per Stroke
1 month ago

Second taper is always faster