Jason Zhao Swims 1:48.60 200 Free To Move Up to #4 All-Time In 15-16 Age Group


American Jason Zhao dropped nearly half a second in the 200 freestyle on Tuesday morning at the World Junior Championships in Israel, clocking 1:48.60 to move into 4th all-time in the boys’ 15-16 age group.

Zhao, 16, lowered his previous best of 1:49.09, set at U.S. Nationals in late June, to qualify for the final in 3rd. He ultimately placed 8th in 1:48.62, falling just shy of his prelim effort.

All-Time Performers, U.S. Boys’ 15-16 200 Freestyle (LCM)

  1. Maximus Williamson, 1:47.29 (2023)
  2. Luca Urlando, 1:47.73 (2019)
  3. Carson Foster, 1:48.57 (2018)
  4. Jason Zhao, 1:48.60 (2023)
  5. Caeleb Dressel, 1:48.64 (2013)
  6. Jake Magahey, 1:48.65 (2018)
  7. Kaii Winkler, 1:49.02 (2023)
  8. Drew Kibler, 1:49.04 (2016)
  9. Thomas Heilman, 1:49.13 (2023)
  10. Dare Rose, 1:49.26 (2019)

Zhao has moved up the ranks this year a lot this year. Coming into the season, his best time stood at 1:53.39, which he swam at the 2022 U.S. Junior Nationals last August.

He then brought that PB down to 1:51.08 in May before getting down to 1:49.09 at Nationals, which ranked him 8th in age group history prior to his effort in the prelims.

Zhao’s Split Comparison:

Finals WJ WJ Prelims US Nationals
50 25.16 25.14 25.2
100 27.33 27.76 28.08
150 28.3 27.9 28.54
200 27.83 27.8 27.27
1:48.62 1:48.60 1:49.09

Yesterday, Zhao was on the boys 4×100 free relay that set a new World Junior Record. He is also set to compete in boys 4×200 free relay later in the meet.

Zhao will age up to the 17-18 age group on December 19th of this year.

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Gowdy Raines
2 months ago

Thank you for covering swimmers that might have been overlooked. Its easy to focus on Leah and Maximus, but Zhao has had a great meet and will continue to rise up the rankings! Another swimmer that impressed me was Willis in the 200 breast. He’s now 3rd in 15-16 all time rankings.

Barron Matern
2 months ago

Go Rays. Nice swim Jason.
Rooting for you from Cincinnati.

2 months ago

Whatever came of that Caeleb Dressel fellow? 200 lcm-wise

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Reply to  austinpoolboy
2 months ago

He focused on sprints

2 months ago

Missing Henry McFadden 1:48.27 from 2022

Reply to  Robert
2 months ago

I think he was already 17 by a few days

2 months ago

4 guys on that list from this year! Wow

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