Jake, Carson Foster To Compete At Loaded HS Southwest Ohio Classic

Jake Foster and Carson Foster, the former of whom had previously not competed at the high school level, appear on psych sheets for this weekend’s Southwest Ohio Swimming & Diving Classic.

The Fosters are the #1 recruits in the nation for the next two NCAA recruiting classes – Jake with the current senior class of 2019 and Carson in the current junior class graduating in 2020. Jake was previously tied to St. Xavier High School in Ohio, though he never competed for that storied high school team. The brothers now appear on Southwest Ohio Classic psych sheets for Cincinnati Sycamore High School.

The meet has ballooned into one of the biggest high school meeets in the nation, comprising about 3,000 swimmers from 118 schools, per The Springfield News-Sun. The massive event features prelims split between 10 different sites, with the top athletes combining for a join finals session at St. Xavier High School.

You can see the full psych sheets (and eventually find full results) here.

The meet also features several non-high school events, including the 400 IM, 400 medley relay, 1650 free and 50s and 200s of fly, back and breast. Jake Foster appears in the 200 and 400 IM plus the 100 breast, while Carson is entered in the 200 free, 100 back, 200 back and 200 fly.

Other big-name prospects competing include Junior Pan Pacs medalist Adam Chaney (swimming for Mason High) and top 20 Class of 2020 recruit Owen Conley (swimming for Waynesville High).

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Are they homeschooled? Or just changed schools?

Ohio swim parent

Carson swam for his high school last year. In Ohio, you cannot swim in USA swimming sanctioned events and high school (OHSAA) events during the same time period. Once you swim in a high school event, you cannot swim in a USA swimming event until the high school season is over (after the State meet in Canton, Ohio). Both Carson and Jake attend Sycamore High School in suburban Cincinnati.


Some of the dumbest logic there

Speed Racer

If Carson swam for his HS but was also at the Austin ProSwim in January how was he not violating the rule you are talking about. I seem to remember Grant House swimming Nationals and for his HS.

Old and slow in Ohio

In the state of Ohio you can petition to swim at national level meets after the high school season has started even if you competed in a high school meet already. Also, they had until January 21 to swim USA swim meets before they had to move over to high school meets. Looks like they will be early.

Ohio Swimming Athletw

Ohio swimmer here, the rule states that participation outside of an athletes high school team is banned except for in the case of an athlete who is a member of the national or junior national team or an athlete who have achieved a time standard of Winter Juniors or better if I remember correctly.

Speed Racer

Got it.


There are generally approved waivers to compete at USA swimming events during HS season. Our state allows 2 waivers per season. 2 USA events are probably not enough for these elite caliber swimmers. An example is when Drew Kibler was setting USA swimming age group records he was also setting HS records at Carmel HS.


If they both swam for st x that would break so many records

Swim Parent

They did attend St. X, but wanted to continue to train with their club coach which is not allowed at St. X, so they made the tough decision to go back to their home district high school.


Not true, the school asked them to leave due to the amount of school they missed because of all the traveling due to swimming. They putting swimming over education which is a big problem. Also, Carson has been very cocky towards the St. X team lately.

Butler Buck

It’s a great high school meet. The weather really played havoc with it this year. Finals were canceled last night and today’s prelims didn’t start until noon. One or two sites didn’t have competition and some high schools decided not to participate. The site that my daughter swam at had two or three sites combined.

We really wish it was streamed. We would have enjoyed watching the various relays as Sycamore, Mason and a couple of other schools are trying to knock St. X off of its perch. The girls also feature a number of high D1 recruits. Great swimming tonight at Keating.

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