Eddie Reese Comments on Carson Foster’s Sub-19 Minute 2k for Time in Practice

INTRASQUAD SWIM MEET (MEN)

FINAL SCORES

  1. Orange – 146 points
  2. White – 137 points

At the Orange & White intrasquad meet on Friday, we got to catch up with Legendary Texas men’s coach Eddie Reese. Among the things we discussed (like flutter kicking with snorkels) was Carson Foster‘s 2k for time in practice, where the sophomore dropped a sub-19 minute performance. Reese shares that Foster is looking the best he ever has and that come March, the rest of the NCAA may need to watch out.

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Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
1 month ago

Olympic trials had him fired up and ready for a revenge arc, wouldn’t be suprised to see him as a points leader this year

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BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

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Swammer
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
29 days ago

USRPT

mcmflyguy
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
29 days ago

take an upvote… cause I can hear this photo.

DJTrockstoYMCA
1 month ago

Off one to turn a distasteful defeat into glory smacks me of true Americanism! Now a HUGE fan of this dude!!!!!!!!

96Swim
1 month ago

I have no gauge for how impressive an 18:56 for a 2000 is. That’s averaging 56.8 per 100. Finke averaged around 51.6 (if my math is good) for his mile record. I understand there are big differences between a non-distance guy dropping this on the 2000 in practice, early season in a speedo, and Bobby Finke doing it an NCAAs, but can someone with a more distance experience put this into perspective? It seems like the kind of thing most of the guys that make NCAAs in the 500 and 1650 could do. Am I wrong? How impressive is this? I genuinely have no idea.

Sunday Morning Grind
Reply to  96Swim
1 month ago

Well he won. From his interview, it sounded like he won going away. Texas has guys in the 4:09/14:30 range and he beat them. Now everybody breaks down differently int training but presumably he’s on a similar track with the rest of the team even if he’s primarily in the IM group instead of the distance guys.

Sean Justice
Reply to  96Swim
1 month ago

Its pretty legit and depending how broken down he was it could be even better. I think that Phelps did a 5000 and held 9:20s which is just insane.

tea rex
Reply to  96Swim
1 month ago

That’s nice for him, should be proud of pushing himself outside his comfort zone.
But to put things in perspective, Clark Smith held 3.5 seconds faster per 100:

Clark Smith Rocks 17:42 2000 Free; Longhorns Beat Arizona (swimswam.com)

Blackflag82
Reply to  96Swim
29 days ago

Jeff Kostoff holds the 3000 yard 18 year old record at 27:39 I think (though I’m not sure he was 18 that year?). So he would have been around 18:30 at the 2000 and then done another 1000 at that pace in a brief in 1983.

It’s probably a solid swim for him because it made him uncomfortable, but I would guess there are a lot of mid d guys capable of those.

Greg
1 month ago

Eddie mentioned that 2k time like it was as impressive as sub 340 IM in practice…but was it? Even given it was in practice, unsuited, etc, 18:56 for 2k is about 15:35ish for a 1650, i.e. lapped by Finke three times and far outside of scoring at any power 5 conference meet. I don’t want to question why a coaching legend like Eddie was clearly impressed, but is it just because Carson isn’t a distance freestyler?

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Greg
1 month ago

Probably because he’s not a distance swimmer

swimgeek

Dude goes 4:18 500 in a September intrasquad meet. Goes 3:35 in IM. Let’s not act like this Caeleb Dressel doing this in practice.

Mikeh

I agree, as a 400 IMer Carson Foster qualifies as a distance swimmer. Breaking 19 in the 2000 is incredibly impressive in general, but there are quite a few people in his position who can probably do it. Maybe the fact that he is not really a freestyler is what makes it so impressive.

Sean Justice
Reply to  Greg
1 month ago

If I had to guess, it was because Carson was asked to do something outside of his comfort zone. He could have probably just cruised around 20:00 – 19:30 range but he pushed himself. As an average distance swimmer, going 9:30 means that you are going after it from the start.

tea rex
1 month ago

200 IM is such a sprint at the college level, Carson might be more a 500 free guy. I think one of these years he’s going to do 2 fly instead of 2 back as well.

Swimgeek
Reply to  tea rex
1 month ago

1:40 IM as a freshman doesn’t suck and probably saves him from the 500! Not to mention he swims behind several Tx guys in the 500

Mel
1 month ago

It’s about what Ledecky would do. Maybe just a little slower than her on a good day.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Mel
1 month ago

Sub 19 minutes to a 1650 time is around 15:35-15:40. That’s closer to Paige Madden’s NCAA Championship-winning time. Considering that Ledecky barely ever went under 15:10 in college she’d probably lap him.

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The unoriginal Tim

You are forgetting training v race amd full tech suit v briefs.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
29 days ago

You’re right, but Katie is someone that can place top ten in distance events for men’s races at the TYR Pro Swim Series (at least at her peak) and we are comparing her to a male who doesn’t even specialize in long-distance races so I still don’t think he’d only go “a little slower” than her

But who knows how Carson Foster can develop because I don’t think he’s at his peak yet

tea rex

She hasn’t swam slower than 9:20 in a meet for forever – pretty sure she could do back-to-back 9:30s.
I would definitely pay $10 to see them race though!

Coach
1 month ago

Jeez. Tough crowd here.

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