Gabriel Jett: “On a good day, I belong beating these guys”


Reported by Michael Hamann.


  • World Record – 1:50.34, Kristof Milak (2022)
  • American Record – 1:51.51, Michael Phelps (2009)
  • U.S. Open Record – 1:52.20, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • LC Nationals Record – 1:52.20, Michael Phelps (2008)
  • World Junior Record – 1:53.79, Kristof Milak (2017)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Gabriel Jett (Cal): 1:54.37
  2. Ilya Kharun (Sandpipers of Nevada): 1:56.66
  3. Sterling Crane (Unattached): 1:56.75
  4. Max Litchfield (Great Britain): 1:56.89
  5. Brooks Fail (Tucson Ford): 1:57.08
  6. Mason Laur (Gator Swim Club): 1:57.62
  7. Jack Dahlgren (Mizzou): 1:58.04
  8. Kevin Vargas (La Mirada): 1:58.38

Cal undergrad Gabriel Jett dominated the A final, turning well ahead at the halfway point and extending his lead through the third 50. The time makes Jett the 7th fastest American ever in the event and is now 8th in the world this year.

Finishing second was Sandpipers’ rising senior Ilya Kharun, who blasted a new lifetime best of 1:56.66. The Arizona State commit has been a fast-rising swimmer for the famed Sandpipers over the last 18 months, making waves in both fly and distance free. Coming into the meet, Kharun’s lifetime best stood at 1:58.70. He dropped over a full second in the prelims, and dropped another 8 tenths in tonight’s final to drop more than two seconds on the day.

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2 months ago

He’s looking ahead to the big meets where he’ll be competing for spots on the WC and Olympic teams.

1:54.3 puts him in the mix for a top 2 spot.

2 months ago

I’m excited to see what he can do in the 200 Free final tonight.
Go Bears!

2 months ago

Enjoying watching this guy rise from local fast kid (go Central CA!) to a true National caliber swimmer. Interesting to see the 2-fly becoming his signature event, but that kind of time will open up some new doors.

2 months ago

He looks like an age grouper in that photo. His nickname should be Babyface

Cameron Schwantes
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

What color is your bugatti?

colby villard
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2 months ago

you probably wear capris and tell your mom you’re cross with her

Gabe’s son
2 months ago

So handsome and well-spoken! He’s fast too 😉😗

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