Foster Breaks Legendary Michael Phelps NAG Record

  23 Braden Keith | July 22nd, 2012 | Featured, National, News

With how fast he was downing the 50 fly National Age Group Records, it was only a matter of time before this one went down.

The Cincinnati Marlins’ Carson Foster has broken the 10 & under National Age Group Record of a man, the man, Michael Phelps. Foster’s 1:07.24 broke the 1:08.54 that Phelps swam in 1996, which were the very first signs of his greatness.

The argument often made about swimmers breaking 10 & under records is that those record breakers, in the past, have often not panned-out as professional and Olympic swimmers. But beginning with Phelps’ 100 fly swim in 1996, that trend changed drastically, and swimmers like Phelps, Ryan Murphy, and Adam Hinshaw started breaking marks – and are still among the most elite for their ages in the country at the elite level.

Foster won the race by over 10 seconds, going out in a 31.42 and coming home in 35.82. This swim was actually faster than any 11-year old has been this summer, with again most top butterfliers making significant drops (6+ seconds) only after turning 12.

This is Foster’s 5th record-breaking swim of the last two weeks. That includes three-times breaking the 50 fly National Age Group Record, and as a part of the 200 medley mark with his teammates.

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  1. aswimfan says:
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    OK, I will remember this name. Carson Fpster.

  2. drdov says:
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    He’ll most probably leave the sport of swimming and play football
    Very few kids, no matter how good they are, stay in the sport on competitive swimming

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    Drdov…I was looking at my Zones podium picture the other day from when I was 10…out of the top 8 in the 100 fly..2 guys still swim at the college level (you might know a kid named kyle whitaker)…3 others play D1 football…so much talent in the sport doesn’t make to the college level

    • Mr. Neptune says:
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      Awesome comment. I just went back and did the same thing. Only one made it to the college level. However, a surprising number have given up swimming for stellar careers as college water polo players.

    • gmuney says:
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      So true Milwaukeeswim. Why do you think that is and as parents what can we do about it?? Is it too much pressure at such a young age?? Or is it because they are not allowed to become athletes first and swimmers 2nd??

    • rjcid says:
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      Just checked out my top 8 pictures for 11 and 12 100 back… i think all but 1 went to college.. the guy sitting at #1… Mr. Matt Grevers.

  4. Brennus says:
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    Congratulations to Carson. Keep up the good work and best wishes for continued success!

  5. The Grand Inquisitor says:
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    congratulations and great job Carson!

    a memorable accomplishment that stands on its own – let’s avoid the temptation to forecast the future at this point – a bit unfair and unnecessary I think.

    maybe we can just leave him to his family and coach and let him go get a slurpee with his friends?

  6. Mark Lyon says:
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    Congratulations Carson! Enjoy the moment.

  7. WHOKNOWS says:
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    I once heard a fellow coach say “It’s better to be a ‘has been’ than a ‘never was’!”
    Then there is Marlon Brando’s quote from “On the Waterfront” … “I could have been a contender, I could have been somebody!”

  8. WHOKNOWS says:
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    Hey wait! Foster has another chance – he gets to swim finals in the 100 fly this afternoon! I bet a 1:06 or better is coming up!

  9. Lisa says:
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    Congrats to Carson!

  10. G-$ says:
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    I was at this meet this weekend. This kid is something special. Most impressive is how he handles this. Seems uncomfortable with the attention when adults try to take pictures after his ridiculous swims, but in the cool-down lanes, has fun with his team mates and other swimmers (ie, saw him do a can-opener, then go into his warm-down). His team is the arch-rival of my kids’ JO club, but this is a tremendous athlete and what seems like a really good kid.

  11. bobo gigi says:
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    Congrats to him. It’s nice to see so many young swimmers who want to follow the steps of the legend.

  12. onubear says:
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    I too was at this meet and felt that Carson is handling this very well considering all the attention he is attracting. He does appear gracious and somewhat uncomfortable with the attention. He seems happy with his accomplishment—and he should be. His parents appeared to be equally gracious. Have heard he is quite the baseball player as well. Best of luck to him and his siblings as they move on to Zones!

  13. Tea says:
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    Can’t miss race:
    Carson Foster v. Michael Andrew. 100 fly. 2024 Olympic Trials. Get pumped.

    • Braden Keith says:
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      I’d love to see a Kyle Chalmers-Michael Andrew race at the 2024 Olympics, too (or right now, for that matter). That kid’s a monster.

  14. CincyMarlin says:
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    Proud to call Carson my teammate . He is such a great swimmer . Sad that I wasn ‘ t there .Amazing job Carson . Can ‘ t wait to see you swim next season

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