Rex Maurer Looking to Break 20 in the 50 and 15 in the 1,650 in Austin

2022 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – WEST

Rex Maurer tied Michael Phelps tonight as the #2 17-18 in history in the 500 free with a 4:12.33. Showing off his versatility, he broke 20 seconds in the 50 free for the first time later in the session, touching for 4th place at 19.77. Maurer revealed that he wants to become one of the sole few to break 20 seconds in the 50 free and 15 minutes in the 1,650, a feat he is already halfway to accomplishing this weekend.

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Andrew
1 month ago

Kid has Drew Kibler esque range in free.

Hopefully he rethinks Stanford and commits somewhere where he has a better chance of tapping into his full potential.

(I’m not saying he can’t do this at Stanford but it’s MUCH harder to focus on swimming given the rigor of the course load at such a prestigious school)

Former Big10
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

I mean, at least he’ll have a good PAC -12 meet, right?

Walter
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

This is not your decision to make or even suggest.

Andrew
Reply to  Walter
1 month ago

It’s his right to commit to any school he deems best for his success just as it’s my right to comment about it

Togger
1 month ago

Kid’s planning to go sub 20 and sub 15 in Austin as a high school Senior and thinks Eddie’s letting him just jump on a plane back to Cali?

Only way he makes it to the Farm is a prisoner swap deal for Minakov.

Andrew
Reply to  Togger
1 month ago

Eddie will sacrifice Britney Griner for Rex Maurer

Onehandtoucher
1 month ago

Ryk?

2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Who has done it before?

Guy
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Jake magahey is the only one I can think of off the top of my head

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

I thought maybe Townley Haas, but he only got to 20.06

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

wait l! Townley did do it. Out in 19.98 on the the way to 41.67 100 free at NCAA and of course under 15 in 1650

bob
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

yeah… the 20.06 was also extracted from a 100 swim.

Editor
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

As a highschooler? Not sure. Overall, though…

Ryan Lochte 19.22/14:55.03.
Christian Quintero 19.65/14:45.78.
Luke Hobson 19.98/14:40.15.
Jake Magahey 19.95/14:24.96.
Townley Haas had some fast relay splits, but never officially broke 20.0 on a flat start and see Austinpoolboy’s comment above.

There’s probably a few more, but couldn’t find any in my approximately ten minutes of searching.

Bonus fun facts:
Michael Phelps just missed both cuts. 20.07/15:01.51.
Zane Grothe went 20.35 in the 50 free…and looks like there’s a bunch of sub-15 milers in the 20-low club. Trey Freeman and James Murphy were both pretty close too.
Caeleb Dressel apparently has never officially swum the 1650.

Last edited 1 month ago by Robert Gibbs
The Original Tim
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

Holy catnip, I never realized Lochte was that fast in the 50. It makes sense, given his underwaters, but 19.22 is blazing for a middle distance guy.

Fluidg
Reply to  The Original Tim
1 month ago

Lochte is a freakish talent who could do any stroke, any distance. He redefined short course swimming before the super suits briefly elevated everyone to that level. He didn’t have a Phelps or Lochte role model like today’s generation of freakishly fast and versatile swimmers.

Markosha
Reply to  Fluidg
1 month ago

Lochte won the 50 free and the 400IM at US Nationals the same year… not sure anyone else has done that!

Joe
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke seem like prime candidates. Smith went 15:04 in 2018. And Finkes best 50 is from 2016.

jablo
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

his best time in the 50 free is probably the last 50 of his mile tbh

Editor
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

Yeah, I’m sure there’s a good number of guys who are capable of doing it, but just didn’t race both races at their peak.

Last edited 1 month ago by Robert Gibbs
ReneDescartes
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

Phelps went 19 in a 50 at like the Tom Dolan invite or something.

James Beam
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

awesome research mr gibbs! Very impressive.

Pineapple
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Matias Koski 19.6/14:32

Meathead
1 month ago

Drinking game….. take a shot every time Rex says “super”

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