Maxime Rooney Shatters 17-18 200 Free NAG; Wins SEC Gold in 1:32.1

  22 Lauren Neidigh | February 16th, 2017 | College, National, News, Records, SEC


Florida freshman Maxime Rooney not only won gold in the 200 free at his first ever SEC Championships, but he also set a new 17-18 National Age Group Record. Rooney dropped almost a full second off his personal best time to win the race in 1:32.18, shattering the former record of 1:33.05 that he set in this morning’s prelims.

Rooney was well ahead of the field, winning the race by a second and a half. Coming in 2nd was teammate Khader Baqlah (1:33.65), while South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth (1:33.67) finished 3rd.

Rooney’s Splits Comparison by 50:

Swimmer 1st 50 2nd 50 3rd 50 4th 50 Final Time
Maxime Rooney (finals) 21.41 23.22 23.69 23.86 1:32.18
Maxime Rooney (prelims) 21.64 23.59 23.93 23.89 1:33.05

Rooney’s Splits Comparison by 100:

Swimmer 1st 100 2nd 100 Final Time
Maxime Rooney (finals) 44.63 47.55 1:32.18
Maxime Rooney (prelims) 45.23 47.82 1:33.05

The big difference maker came on the front half of his race. He was out in 44.63 tonight, which was 6 tenths faster than his opening split of 45.23 from this morning.

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IMs for days

Considering the fact that Floridas orivably not fully rested, may I dare say Hass has a challenger?


I picked Rooney to make the Olympic team in the 800 free relay. Unfortunately, he wasn’t on top of his game at Trials. Glad to see him swim fast here. I think he can go faster, he seemed to jam almost every single turn. He might need some prescription googles to help with that depth perception. Did anyone else find it funny when Rowdy said Rooney isn’t a big guy on the stream last night? He said he’s only 6’3″. What does Rowdy consider a big guy then?

Tremendous swim by an outstanding young man !


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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona and the University of Florida. She's currently working on her Ph.D. in Criminology at Florida State University, but seems exceptionally confused about which team she should be cheering for during the college football season. Lauren hopes to pursue …

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