How Fast Will Carson Foster Swim 400 IM At U.S. Olympic Trials?

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comOlympic hopeful Carson Foster turned heads in Austin, Texas dropping a 4:11 best time in the 400 meters IM three weeks out from the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Carson has made big gains since NCAA championships, and he shared that his training has gone better than expected. He was a kid back in 2016, but he did get vital U.S. Olympic Trials experience. That matters. Olympic Trials in Omaha is a pressure-cooker, especially for swimmers competing in the 400 IM, which is the first event on the first day of finals.

SEE 14 YEAR OLD CARSON’S RACE VIDEO, MAKING HIS 2016 OLYMPIC TRIALS CUT.

U.S. Olympic Trials – Carson Foster Predictions:

Making the U.S. Olympic Team so young is a tall order. Carson is an outlier, a rare talent who can do it.

400 IM in the U.S. is a little soft, but someone’s going to go 4:08 or 4:09 low in Omaha to make Team USA in this event. I think that person is Carson. I see a 4:08.9.

I also think Carson can make the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay. I see him him advancing to the 200 free final in Omaha. Youth and enthusiasm powers him past no less than two swimmers in that race final, putting him on the Team USA relay. 

But who cares what I think. What do you think?

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run-dmc
23 days ago

Carson has the potential for a 4:08 next month.
Litherland and Kalisz will go 4:09.

Swimmerfromjapanandtheuk
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
22 days ago

Knows how to get it done would be a great phrase to describe Kalisz before 2019 as that’s the most recent performance I know of Kalisz. He wasn’t able to live up to the expectations at the 2019 worlds he set previously and ended with a bronze I believe in the 200im and didn’t even make the final for the 400. Just want to see if he really is the real deal or has burnt out

Andysup
23 days ago

This is the guy who is going to brake 4 mins in 2025 world champs. Under 4:10 in a month is a lot to ask though I think he might be on the cusp and still makes the team behind Litherland. Touching out Kalisz.

Togger
Reply to  Andysup
22 days ago

Foster’s the same age now as Phelps was when he went 4:08.41 in Athens.

Say Carson goes 4:08 mid at trials or in Tokyo (which is probably the quicker end of reasonable expectation), there’s nothing to suggest he’s going to drop 3.8 seconds more than the GOAT did from the same point.

No active elite swimmer has given reason to believe they’ve got a 3:59 long course 400 IM in them, that will need a Milak type talent in the medley.

SwammaJammaDingDong
Reply to  Togger
22 days ago

The 4:03 was the best swimmer of all time competing in his prime while wearing a full-leg rubberized suit. I’m not sure it is possible to go under 4:00 without some type of evolution in training or technique that has yet to be identified. There are lots of smart, educated, and creative coaches out there trying crazy stuff, so hopefully one of them will figure it out.

PVSFree
Reply to  SwammaJammaDingDong
22 days ago

That’s what we likely would’ve said about a woman going 8:04 in the 800 pre Ledecky. I honestly think all it takes is one freak talent, but necessarily a technical trick

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  PVSFree
22 days ago

4:03 is an excellent time but it’s now being overhyped by Rowdy and everyone else simply because it’s the only thing Phelps still holds. I have no idea how it’s such an untouchable record when Lochte had it beat if not for other things to do

Mr Piano
Reply to  SwammaJammaDingDong
21 days ago

I’m not saying Carson will be the one to do it, but Phelps says that a 3:59 is possible for someone to achieve in the future, and he knows the event better than any of us do. Someone has to have the mentality that it’s possible to be able to achieve it.

Bub
Reply to  Andysup
22 days ago

Keep and mind that Daiya Seto, probably the best overall swimmer in the world (at least in 2019-2020), pretty much sprints the first 300 of his IM and doesn’t even come close to 3:59 pace

Drewbrewsbeer
Reply to  Andysup
22 days ago

Is 2025 short course?

Coach Rob
23 days ago

He won’t swim very fast. Carson gets slower as the season goes on as we’ve seen at Texas. He rocked a 3:35 at the first meet and then only went a 3:37 at NCAAs. My prediction? He goes a 4:13 at trials. And I’m usually right.

Admin
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
22 days ago

Mel, you’re responding to a troll again.

Swimmyfan
Reply to  Braden Keith
22 days ago

I mean he was shaved and rested for the meet he just went 4:11. Not sure if he can taper and shave again and miraculously go 3 seconds faster. 4:13 seems about right

Swimgeek
Reply to  Swimmyfan
22 days ago

Yes I’m sure he shaved for a meet 3 weeks before trials. 🙄

Xman
Reply to  Swimgeek
22 days ago

This kid looks like he shaves his face once every two weeks and still doesn’t have chest hair.

I don’t think him shaving down really makes a difference.

anonymous
Reply to  Swimmyfan
22 days ago

he said it himself
he was not rested and is expecting a faster last 150 at trials
so 4:08 is definitely on

iLikePsych
Reply to  Braden Keith
22 days ago

DAD!! GET. OFF. FACEBOOK!

Fresh Cuts
Reply to  Braden Keith
20 days ago

Coach Rob ain’t a troll, he’s the best coach of 12 and unders ever.

Last edited 20 days ago by Fresh Cuts
SwammaJammaDingDong
Reply to  Coach Rob
22 days ago

Reminder that Texas wanted to win the NCAA title without sacrificing individual performance at Olympic Trials…

ReneDescartes
Reply to  Coach Rob
22 days ago

NCAA’s during an Olympic year usually aren’t indicative of long course success.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Coach Rob
22 days ago

It’s true you know. Coach rob hasn’t been wrong once in the last 37 years.
I can confirm that because I’m his dog and he taught me how to type

He said what?
Reply to  Anonymoose
22 days ago

Best posting of the day!

Admin
Reply to  Anonymoose
22 days ago

I thought you were a moose, now you’re a dog?

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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