Disclaimer: Dolfin Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The Dolfin Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
With a big slate of junior meets last week (East and West Winter Juniors, NCAP Invite), many of the key swims were viewed in that context – junior swimming. But several swims from last week legitimately hold up on the senior level. Carson Foster‘s 400 IM is one.
Foster went 3:38.65 to win the East Juniors title by seven seconds. He shattered his own meet record (3:40.86 from last year) and moved up to #2 all-time among 17-18s. Here’s a look at those rankings:
- Andrew Seliskar (2015) – 3:37.52
- Carson Foster (2019) – 3:38.65
- Chase Kalisz (2013) – 3:39.82
- Gunnar Bentz (2014) – 3:40.57
- Kieran Smith (2019) – 3:40.78
- Ryan Lochte (2003) – 3:41.45
- Robby Giller (2019) – 3:41.56
- Raunak Khosla (2019) – 3:42.22
- Dave Wharton (1988) – 3:42.23
- Jake Foster (2019) – 3:42.28
But Foster’s swim was also good enough to check in at #25 all-time of swimmers of any age. Only 14 men have broken 3:38 and only ten have broken 3:37.
That time also makes Foster far-and-away #1 in the nation this season, ahead of NCAA leaders Trenton Julian (4:40.05) and Braden Vines (3:40.09). In all of last season, only three men went faster than Foster’s time from Winter Juniors: NCAA champ Abrahm DeVine and top-3 finishers Sean Grieshop and Mike Thomas.
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