Jack LeVant Joins Phelps as Only U.S. 17-18 Under 1:47 in 200 Free


18-year-old Jack LeVant, of the North Texas Nadadores, became the No. 2 all-time 17-18 American in the 200 free Thursday morning in prelims at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships.

LeVant split 24.67/26.54/27.30/27.88 for his final time of 1:46.39, over a two-second drop from his previous best of 1:48.43 (which was 10th all-time), which he just went in early June of this year. He is now within striking distance of Michael Phelps‘ national age group record of 1:45.99. The two are the only 17-18 Americans to break 1:47 – Maxime Rooney is now the No. 3 American 17-18 of all-time with a 1:47.10.

Note that while LeVant’s time is just under Ivan Girevs current world junior record of 1:46.40, it does not count, because he will turn 19 before the end of the year (October 3rd). 18-year-old Trey Freeman (1:47.70) also improved on his all-time No. 6 time, and Kieran Smith (1:47.72) and Drew Kibler (1:47.74) cracked the all-time top-10.


Top Performers: U.S. Men’s 17-18 200 Free
1 Michael Phelps 1:45.99
2 Jack LeVant 1:46.39
3 Maxime Rooney 1:47.10
4 Patrick Callan 1:47.33
5 Townley Haas 1:47.55
6 Trey Freeman 1:47.70
7 Kieran Smith 1:47.72
8 Drew Kibler 1:47.74
9 Grant Shoults 1:48.10
10 Bobby Bollier 1:48.13


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Don’t forget Kibler and Kieran Smith, both of them cracked the top 10 this morning as well, along with Freeman having a slight drop.

bobo gigi

2.56s dropped in the 200 fly and already 2.04s in the 200 free. Congrats to the coach for the great preparation.
Hopefully he can repeat that performance tonight. I’d like to see him qualify for the relay.


With how quickly LeVant is improving, he is becoming an incredibly valuable new addition for Stanford next year.

Ex Quaker

Yeah he’s looking as dangerous as any incoming freshman anywhere right now.


Stanford 4×200 free starting to look great again

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