Maxime Rooney Breaks Down Life in Texas (Video)


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  • World Record: Cesar Cielo (Brazil), 2009, 46.91
  • World Junior Record: Kyle Chalmers, 2016, 47.58
  • U.S. Open Record: Ryan Held, 2019, 47.43
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 50.49


  1. GOLD: Ryan Held (NYAC), 47.39
  2. SILVER: Maxime Rooney (PLS), 47.61
  3. BRONZE: Tate Jackson (UN), 47.88

Olympian Ryan Held lowered the U.S. Open Record again tonight. After shattering his best time in prelims, he clipped by a few hundredths to win the title in 47.39. Like Weitzeil, Held swam his best time in the event today for the first time since 2016 Olympic Trials.

Maxime Rooney and Tate Jackson, now training partners at Texas, both lowered their bests from prelims as well. Rooney hit the wall 2nd in 47.61 and Jackson was close behind for 3rd in 47.88. All 3 men broke 48 for the first time today.

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When ur asked about breaking the us open record that I didn’t even break(or beat the previous one)

Ol’ Longhorn

“A fast swimmer is a happy swimmer.” – Eddie Reese


Also Eddie: “Burn-out happens when you stop improving.”


Amazing how things seem to come full circle. Rooney had his breakout meet at this meet in 2015 and now he’s back swimming at his best. Seems like a great guy and I can’t wait for his success next year at trials!


I watched him around pool in last 2-3 months at meets and he does seam like a very nice guy getting along well with other Texas swimmers. Great addition to Texas.

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