Maximus Williamson Wins 400 IM, 200 Free, 100 Back; Splits 19.4 on 200FR on Day 3

2022 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West

16-year-old Maximus Williamson of Lakeside Aquatic Club is having himself A. Meet.

After he led off LAC’s 200 medley relay in 22.02 and 800 free relay in 1:33.07 (meet record and 15-16 NAG record) on Day 1 and won the 200 IM in 1:42.07 (meet record) and placed fifth in the 50 free with 19.82 on Day 2, Williamson scored an improbable hat trick on Day 3 in Austin.

In the first event of the evening, he won the 400 IM with a new PB of 3:39.83, lowering his own meet record from 2021 by 2.5 seconds, and erasing Michael Phelps’ last 15-16 national age group record in yards – a 3:42.08 from 2002 – from the record book. He won the event by 3.7 seconds, with teammate Cooper Lucas earning the silver medal in a PB of 3:42.09.

Forty-five minutes later, he pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory in the 200 free, edging Rose Bowl’s Rex Maurer by .09 with 1:33.60.

After resting for another three quarters of an hour, he was back in the pool competing in the final of the 100 back. Williamson won his third race of the night and his second come-from-behind thriller, going 46.90 to touch out Luke Logue of Aquajets (46.96) by .06.

Williamson capped off the night with a relay split of 19.46 on the second leg of Lakeside’s 4×50 free relay. It was the fastest flying-start split of the night in Austin and it nearly made up for the .48 deficit he inherited at the first exchange.

Williamson is entered in the 200 back and the 100 free on Saturday in Austin. He comes in seeded third and second in the respective events.


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1 month ago

He is a remarkable swimmer. Not sure I can recall anyone else who’s won three individual races in a single session at juniors

1 month ago

An extraordinary set of 1st place finishes with 45 minutes between each swim! If this man is not the future of swimming in part, I think we’ve all been fooled. Paris 2024, maybe. Los Angeles 2028, for sure!

Tracy Kosinski
1 month ago

Yeah, that was awesome, he must be on cloud 9 today.

1 month ago

W-O-W!!! This kid is legit.

1 month ago


washed up swammer
1 month ago

that’s dirty

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