Charlie Swanson Becomes Seventh-Best American Ever in 400 IM at 4:11.46

2019 PAN AMERICAN GAMES

  • Villa Deportiva Nacional – Videna, Lima, Peru
  • Tuesday, August 6th – Saturday, August 10th (pool swimming)
  • Prelims 11 AM / Finals 8:30 PM (local time/US Central Time)
  • Official Website
  • Entry List
  • Live Results

Absolutely torching the 400 IM field in the Pan Am Games A final tonight, Team USA’s Charlie Swanson clocked a time of 4:11.46 for the dominant gold medal win. The performance makes him the seventh-best American of all time in this event.

SPLITS

  • 56.38 fly (26.09/30.29)
  • 1:06.05 back (33.49/32.56)
  • 1:08.94 breast (33.83/35.11)
  • 1:00.09 free (30.76/29.33)

Swanson came into this meet with a 4:14.01, a time registered at the 2018 US Nationals which helped him qualify for this meet. He was 4:16.66 this morning, shutting things down over the back half, while his time tonight gave him a huge victory over the next-best competitor, Leonardo Santos of Brazil (4:19.41). No other swimmer was under 4:20 in this event.

At the 2019 NCAA Championships, Swanson missed finals with a 3:43.61 in the 400y IM. That is his eighth-best performance, ever, and is more than four seconds off of his lifetime best of 3:39.18 from 2018. Tonight, though, he looks like he’s very much so back on track as he approaches the 4:10 barrier.

Swanson checks in at #7 in American history, just behind Erik Vendt‘s 4:11.27 from 2002 and ahead of Gunnar Bentz‘s 4:11.66 from 2017. Bentz is in Lima with Team USA and was supposed to be racing in this 400 IM today, but he fell ill and scratched the event’s prelims this morning.

This season, which is nearly over, Swanson sneaks into the world’s top 5 at #4, and #2 amongst Americans behind only Jay Litherland‘s silver medal-winning time from the 2019 World Championships.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 400 IM

DaiyaJPN
SETO
06/22
4.07.95
2Jay
LITHERLAND
USA4.09.1207/28
3Max
LITCHFIELD
GBR4.10.9404/18
4Charlie
SWANSON
USA4.11.4608/09
5David
VERRASZTO
HUN4.11.9006/22
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TOP U.S. PERFORMERS ALL-TIME – MEN’S 400 IM

4:03.84 Michael Phelps US UN 2008 Olympic Games 8/10/2008 Beijing
4:05.18 Ryan Lochte FL DBS 2012 Olympic Games 7/28/2012 London
4:05.90 Chase Kalisz GA UN 7/30/2017 Budapest
4:06.96 Tyler Clary NC CW 2009 USA Swimming National Champs 7/7/2009 Indianapolis
4:09.22 Jay Litherland GA UN 18th FINA World Championships 2019 7/28/2019 Gwangju
4:11.27 Erik Vendt MI TROJ 8/15/2002 FtLauderdale
4:11.46 Charlie Swanson MI UN 2019 Pan American Games 8/9/2019 LIMA
4:11.66 Gunnar Bentz GA ABSC 2017 Summer National Champs 6/29/2017 Indianapolis

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Tomek
2 years ago

Nice swim, with a small drop in backstroke Charlie has excellent chance of making 2020 Olympic team

Rj2
Reply to  Tomek
2 years ago

Unfortunately I don’t see him beating kalisz or litherland

Coach Mo
Reply to  Rj2
2 years ago

No one saw Litherland beating Lochte last time. Anything can happen in Omaha

MKW
2 years ago

Great swim, hopefully we can get another guy under 4:10

Wondering
2 years ago

There goes MA’s chances in the 400 IM…..

Ger
Reply to  Wondering
2 years ago

USRPT doesn’t go that far

Fluidg
Reply to  Ger
2 years ago

Of course it does; it’s just a matter of focus. Name another world class 50/100 swimmer who goes up to 400 or vice versa. Should point out that MA broke the NAG in the 400 IM and all the 200 strokes (except maybe breaststroke, not sure) and swam them all with impeccable splits. Mastering any 200 usually takes many years, so I’d say that’s evidence that USRPT is an extremely effective training method.

Ger
Reply to  Fluidg
2 years ago

I was kidding

Wow
2 years ago

Go Blue!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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