Magahey, Rose Move to #2 & #3 in All-time 15-16 Rankings for 400 Free

2018 U.S. National Championships

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
50 26.33 27.78
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
1 Larsen Jensen 3:50.68
2 Jake Magahey 3:51.38
3 Dare Rose 3:51.41
4 Evan Pinion 3:51.47
5 Townley Haas 3:51.99
6 Matthew Hirschberger 3:52.27
7 Reed Malone 3:52.38
8 Aidan Burns 3:52.51
9 Sean Grieshop 3:52.60
10 Andrew Abruzzo 3:53.39


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3 years ago


3 years ago

Congrats to Dare!! (also how would his name be pronounced?)

Reply to  swimmerTX
3 years ago

Dar ray

Victor Rose
Reply to  swimmerTX
3 years ago

DAR like Car – RAY. That’s my Nephew! DAR-RAY. Not Dare like Care

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3 years ago


3 years ago

This is the work of fluid mechanics and John Waldman

Dare rose fan 2
Reply to  darerosefan
3 years ago

This is the works of his super supportive family, and coaching staff at Scarlet Aquatics. Fluid Mechanics is a scam.

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Dare Rose 1.59.66 in the 200 fly/1.49.80 in the 200 free/3.51.41 in the 400 free.
Not bad at only 15.
Impressive progression in the last 2 years.
He was fearless in that 400 free. 1.53 at the 200 and was able to finish strong. I like his freestyle technique. It looks easy.

3 years ago

Ross Dant’s 3:51.85 in that heat should also move him way up, no?

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Reply to  NCSwimming
3 years ago

This is for 15-16 year olds. Dant is older

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