2018 U.S. National Championships
- Wednesday, July 25 – Sunday, July 29, 2018
- William Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine, CA
- Prelims 9 AM / Finals 6 PM (U.S. Pacific Time)
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16-year-old Jake Magahey and 15-year-old Dare Rose ended a spirited battle for tonight’s senior national D final with two of the three fastest 400 meter free times in U.S. 15-16 age group history.
Magahey, who competes for SwimAtlanta in Georgia, won the D final 3:51.38 to 3:51.41. Magahey moves to #2 all-time, just seven tenths of a second behind the National Age Group record set 16 years ago by Larsen Jensen at the 2002 Phillips 66 U.S. Nationals. Scarlet Aquatics (NJ) Rose, meanwhile, sits just over seven tenths back with more than a full year left in the age group.
The time for Magahey was a massive drop of more than three seconds. Coming into the meet, Magahey’s lifetime-best was 3:54.71 from this March. He went 3:54.54 in prelims and then 3:51 at night to cap just his first season under four minutes. (Magahey was 4:00.88 at a sectionals meet last year, then his career-best). Magahey has also gone from 1:53.22 to 1:49.45 in the 200 free this year and from 15:54 to 15:24 in the mile.
Rose entered the meet with a seed time of 3:57.64 that he achieved at PSS Atlanta in March. Prior to that meet his best time was the 3:59.02 he swam to win the C final at 2017 Summer Junior Nationals last August. Rose’s progression over the last 12 months has been dramatic: the 3:57 he swam in March represented a nearly 9-second drop from the previous spring; his August-to-August improvement has been 8.6 seconds. He has improved across the board, dropping 5.1 seconds over the first half and 3.5 on the back half, as seen below:
|U.S. Nationals, 7/28/18||Summer Juniors, 8/9/17|
|100||55.07 (28.74)||58.07 (30.29)|
|150||1:24.17 (29.10)||1:28.23 (30.16)|
|200||1:53.84 (29.67)||1:58.93 (30.70)|
|250||2:23.39 (29.55)||2:29.37 (30.44)|
|300||2:53.45 (30.06)||3:00.15 (30.78)|
|350||3:23.47 (30.02)||3:29.66 (29.51)|
|400||3:51.41 (27.94)||3:59.02 (29.36)|
Both Magahey and Rose are in the mix for Junior Pan Pacs roster spots, but will need a little help tomorrow to get in. Magahey has another shot in the 800 free, while Rose’s entries are done for the week.
Fastest US Boys 15-16