Carson Foster Swims Another 1:58 in 200 IM ‘Final’ to Finish Trials Simulation

2020 OHIO MAKO SENIOR MEET

  • February 28th-March 1st, 2020
  • Corwin Nixon Aquatic Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “2020 OH MAKO Senior Meet”

Carson Foster completed his pre-Olympic Trials experiment on Saturday evening with a 1:58.74 in the 200 IM. That shaved a few hundredths off the 1:58.83 that he swam on Friday evening.

This was the 3rd round of Foster’s planned test this weekend of a three-round prelims-semifinals-finals format ahead of this summer’s U.S. Olympic Trials. With very few meets offering the opportunity to swim 3 rounds of an event on this timing, Foster swam prelims and finals of the 200 IM on Friday, and then used the ‘finals’ of the 200 fly on Saturday to simulate the next-day ‘finals’ he would face in Omaha to qualify for the Olympic Team.

The time won’t officially count (since it was the 200 fly final, he was disqualified), but at a minimum he proved he could be faster in round 3 than he as in rounds 1 and 2.

Foster swam a 2:04.86 in prelims of the 200 fly, which qualified him for the A-final on Saturday.

His best time in the 200 IM is a 1:57.59 done at the US Open in December. His ‘semi-final’ and ‘final’ swims this week are his fastest in-season performances. In 2016, it took a 2:01.96 to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s 200 IM and 1:59.86 to qualify for the finals of the men’s 200 IM. The top 2 finishers at that meet were Michael Phelps in 1:55.91 and Ryan Lochte in 1:56.22.

Split Progression:

Prelims “Semifinals” Finals (DQ)
Friday AM Friday PM Saturday PM
Fly 26.05 25.50 25.7
Back 29.58 29.64 29.1
Breast 35.72 35.19 35.5
Free 28.92 28.50 28.3
Final Time 2:00.27 1:58.83 1:58.74

Foster will swim the 200 free on Sunday.

200 IM ‘Final’ (200 Fly DQ) Video:

The official winner of that 200 fly was Foster’s Mason Manta Rays teammate Carl Bloebaum in 2:03.04.

Other Day 2 Winners:

  • Ellie Andrews of the Dublin Community Swim Team won the women’s 200 breast in 2:34.28. That win gives her a sweep of the weekend’s women’s breaststroke events after topping the 100 in 1:11.18 on Friday. Mason twins Reese and Ashley Lugbill took 2nd (2:34.76) and 3rd (2:38.05), respectively.
  • Cincinnati sophomore Dalton Lillibridge won the men’s 200 breaststroke in 2:18.13, just-missing his lifetime best by .11 seconds. In turn, his lifetime best is just .13 seconds away from the US Olympic Trials cut of 2:17.89.
  • 16-year old Riley Huddleston won the women’s 100 free in 57.86, slicing .03 seconds off her lifetime best in the event. Huddleston also won the 50 free (26.60) on Friday in another lifetime best.
  • US Junior National Teamer Adam Chaney won the men’s 100 free in 50.33. That gives the Mason Manta Rays another victory.
  • Martina Peroni of the Ohio State Swim Club won the women’s 200 fly in 2:15.20. That ranks her as the 10th-best 15-16 in the country in the the 200 fly this season. Her best time coming into the meet was 2:16.15, and the Olympic Trials cut is 2:14.59.

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Dbswims
1 year ago

Unless you knew this was going to happen, the rest of the field and audience was probably so confused lol.

Wondering
1 year ago

….. and?

50free
1 year ago

Cause he was simulating trials I was expecting 1:55. Based of this performance he’s clearly not going to make the team.

cdasari
Reply to  50free
1 year ago

Bruh…

Khachaturian
Reply to  50free
1 year ago

Ah yes, phelps and Lochte are both coming back in top shape to swim under a 1:56 and if carson can’t do that he has no chance

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  50free
1 year ago

Yeah, it would be so smart for him to be fully tapered in late February for a simulation! 🙄
He will be in 1.56 when it matters.

Dbswims
Reply to  50free
1 year ago

Not sure whats more shocking to me: this comment or that there are two clowns who actually agreeded and liked the comment.

Joel
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Maybe 50FREE was joking ?

Dbswims
Reply to  Joel
1 year ago

I could see a possibility that he was joking. But since Carson making the team is so controversal and (if it was a joke) his joke was not obvious, I would expect it to be taken literal. If Dressel did the same thing in the 100 fly and finished with a 51.2, then I would expect that it would prob be treated more like a joke.

50free
Reply to  Joel
1 year ago

Thank you

Anonymoose
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

🤡🤡

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

He liked his own comment, then logged on under a different user name to like it again

PowerPlay
1 year ago

Olympics should get rid of semi finals. Just go with prelims and finals. What are the benefits of having semi finals?

Barbell Biomechanics
Reply to  PowerPlay
1 year ago

Semi finals encourage racing and interesting tactics, you often see some brilliantly executed races in semis as the pressure isn’t as high. Additionally, the general public want to see racing, they do not care for times the same way we do. This is something swimming has struggled with over the years as a vast quantity of people within the community only care for times, whereas the general public (which make up most of the viewership at the Olympics) want to see a race.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Barbell Biomechanics
1 year ago

While I agree with you to an extent, I think the general public wants to see a race that results in medals would be a more accurate statement. I routinely watch the Olympics and worlds with friends who are not swimmers and they treat the semis as things to halfway pay attention to while grabbing food/drinks, browsing the phone, heading to the bathroom etc… While the general public wants to watch racing most of the time (the reason the isl could be successful), come the Olympics, emphasis is placed on gold which only happens in the finals.

carlo
Reply to  Barbell Biomechanics
1 year ago

Yes, you are right, many casual viewers just watching the Olympics to be entertained dont know anything about world records etc. Some may not even know who the swimmers are. The are just watching a race to be entertained while cheering swimmers from their respective countries because that,s what most people do. Most are patriotic.
The same goes for when they are viewing other sports. A hardcore basketball fan who just happens to be watching swimming justs sees a race in front of him.

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Tea rex
Reply to  PowerPlay
1 year ago

Filler so NBC can run more commercials

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  PowerPlay
1 year ago

The only benefits are for TV and ad revenue. Which can be (rightfully) argued benefits the swimmers.

The actual concept of a semifinal is pointless, though, if the goal is to truly find the Top 3 (or Top 2 in Olympic Trials). Stats show that the semifinals don’t set this up at all, and are a waste of energy/swims for the swimmers themselves.

Virtus
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
1 year ago

Exactly, the best 100 breastrokes should not need to have to most lactate training.

PhillyMark
1 year ago

Mildly interesting sidenote: I misread the last article about this topic and thought that Jake was doing this 200 IM simulatuion prep thing. Thought he might’ve been bored w big 12’s. Makes more sense now. Good job Carson.

GA Boy
1 year ago

Let’s not over look that 15/ maybe 16 year old Carl Bloebaum’s 2:03.04 is a nasty fasty time for him at this time in the year and for his age!

Bookit
Reply to  GA Boy
1 year ago

Last week was Ohio State championships, so Carl was fully tapered.

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  Bookit
1 year ago

Nah he went 1:59 last year I’m pretty sure

Art Vanderlay
1 year ago

I think this was a great race-rehearsal move by Carson and his coach so early into the season. 2:00, 1:58 and 1:58 are three very Respectable swims this time of the year for any world class IM’er in work and top-end speed should only be that much better as he dials it in for Trials in June.

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