Paige Madden Swims Lifetime Best 4:03.02 400 Free, #2 American This Season



  • Meet record: 4:05.37 – Paige Madden, 2024
  • U.S. Olympic Trials cut: 4:15.49

Top 3:

  1. Paige Madden (NYAC) – 4:03.02
  2. Katie Grimes (SAND) – 4:08.21
  3. Claire Weinstein (SAND) – 4:14.82

Paige Madden swam to a lifetime best with a 4:03.02 in the 400 freestyle on night 1 in Irvine. She now becomes the 2nd fastest American in the event this season sitting only behind Katie Ledecky.

Madden’s previous best time was a 4:03.98 that she swam in prelims of the event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to finish 7th and earn a spot in finals. She went on to finish 6th in a 4:06.81 and it took a 4:01.08 to medal.

With just a month out from US Olympic Trials, Madden sets herself up well to look to earn her 2nd Olympic qualification as she also swam in prelims on the US Women’s 4×200 free relay that went on to win silver.

The only other American who has been faster in the 400 free this season is Katie Ledecky. Madden’s old season best of a 4:04.86 from the San Antonio Pro Series stop previously made her the #3 American so far this season.

Top 5 US Women LCM 400 Free This Season

  1. Katie Ledecky 3:59.44
  2. Paige Madden 4:03.02
  3. Claire Weinstein 4:04.54
  4. Leah Smith 4:06.80
  5. Rachel Stege 4:06.94

In addition to making her second Olympics, Madden looks to rebound after missing the 2022 and 2023 World Championships teams. Last summer, Madden finished 4th in the 400 free at US Summer Nationals in a 4:06.78. Bella Sims finished 2nd behind Ledecky to earn a spot at Worlds as Sims swam a 4:03.25.

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1 month ago

All Hail!

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1 month ago

Best career move for her was to leave Loughborough and Ian Hulme

1 month ago

Woah that’s a really good result

Summer in Paris
1 month ago

Sandpipers haven’t been too hot lately.

Reply to  Summer in Paris
1 month ago

I don’t see point of Katie Grimes and Claire Weinstein swimming the 200 IM with the 400 FR scheduled later during the session:

W 200 IM
Douglass, Kate
Walsh, Alex
Huske, Torri
Smith, Regan
Hayes, Leah

Reply to  Summer in Paris
1 month ago

It’s almost like they’re a massive-volume program that swims broken down in-season and targets big taper meets…

Reply to  swimgeek
1 month ago

At the 2024 Speedo Atlanta Classic, Katie Ledecky pared back her program to one event per day.

I don’t see the point of swimming session doubles less than a month before the 2024 Olympic Team Trials when neither Katie Grimes nor Claire Weinstein will be swimming session doubles at the 2024 Olympic Team Trials.

Grimes – 400 FR, 800 FR, 1500 FR, 400 IM
Weinstein – 200 FR, 400 FR, 800 FR, 1500 FR

Last edited 1 month ago by Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

My bet is that she is taking second place in the 400, with Weinstein following closely, I think it will be 4:01 for whoever takes the place.
In the 200 I also see them being part of the team, I think that both Madden and Weinstein will be among the top 4 positions here.

1 month ago

may i… “she’s taking it”

HOO love
1 month ago

yes queen

1 month ago

Guessing it will take 4:01 to make the US team this year.

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