Tim Connery Busts 1:47.96 in 200 Free, Ranks No. 11 U.S. All-Time 17-18

2021 Speedo Summer Championships — Greensboro

Day 4 Finals Recap

During the penultimate finals session in Greensboro, SwimMAC’s Tim Connery led off the winning men’s 800 free relay, which broke the 15-18 boys NAG record at 7:22.13. Connery charged to the wall with a lifetime best of 1:47.96, cracking the all-time top-15 U.S. times in the 17-18 age group.

Connery split his race 24.56/27.11/28.11/28.18, with his last two 50s just seven one-hundredths apart. At the 2021 Longhorn Elite Invite in May, Connery had only surmounted a best time of 1:51.67. He currently ranks No. 17 among all Americans this season and the No. 1 swimmer in the 17-18 age group for the 2020-2021 season.

The Future Texas swimmer now ranks No. 11 all-time in the 17-18 age group, only 0.24s off of No. 10 Kieran Smith (1:47.72). More Texas Longhorns featured in the top-10 times in this event include No. 4 Maxime Rooney, No. 6 Carson Foster, No. 7 Townley Haas, and No. 8 Drew Kibler. Both Haas and Kibler earned Olympic rings on the 4×200 free relay for Tokyo 2020.


  1. Michael Phelps, 1:45.99 (2003)
  2. Jack Levant, 1:46.39 (2018)
  3. Luca Urlando, 1:46.51 (2019)
  4. Maxime Rooney, 1:47.10 (2015)
  5. Patrick Callan, 1:47.33 (2017)
  6. Carson Foster, 1:47.47 (2019)
  7. Townley Haas, 1:47.55 (2015)
  8. Drew Kibler, 1:47.65 (2018)
  9. Trey Freeman, 1:47.70 (2018)
  10. Kieran Smith, 1:47.72 (2018)
  11. Tim Connery, 1:47.96 (2021)**

Earlier in the meet, Connery moved up to No. 27 in the 100 fly at 53.07. He also blasted up from No. 30 to No. 11 in the 100 free, splitting the race 23.78/25.58 to break 50 seconds at 49.36. He is now 0.01s off of current Texas Longhorn Danny Krueger‘s 17-18 best time. Former Longhorn Rooney (No. 3) and current Longhorn Kibler (No. 9) also made the all-time top-10 times.


  1. Jack Alexy, 48.69 (2021)
  2. Caeleb Dressel, 48.78 (2015)
  3. Maxime Rooney, 48.87 (2015)
  4. Arsenio Bustos, 49.03 (2021)
  5. Michael Phelps, 49.05 (2004)
  6. Jake Magahey, 49.20 (2019)
  7. Matt Ellis, 49.24 (2012)
  8. Adam Chaney, 49.27 (2019)
  9. Drew Kibler, 49.28 (2018)
  10. Danny Krueger, 49.35 (2017)
  11. Tim Connery, 49.36 (2021)**

from Day 1 Recap.


Top 3:

  1. Tim Connery (SwimMAC), 49.36
  2. Baylor Nelson (SwimMAC)/Brendan Burns (Indiana), 49.86

SwimMAC Carolina 18-year-old Tim Connery shut it down in this 100 free final, taking the race out in a blistering 23.78 before bringing it home in a strong 25.58, totaling out a lifetime best of 49.36. That smashes a half-second off his prelims best of 49.86. Connery now jumps from No. 30 to No. 11 on the all-time 17-18 rankings list. Connery is also No. 3 in the age group for the 2020-2021 season.

from Day 4 Recap.


Top 3:

  1. SwimMAC, 7:22.13
  2. Ohio State, 7:29.62
  3. Carmel, 7:33.55

Leading off for the SwimMAC men was Tim Connery, whipping out a flat-start lifetime best of 1:47.96. Following Connery were teammates Logan Zucker (1:51.81), Jacob Wimberly (1:52.09), and Baylor Nelson (1:50.27), bringing it home in a dominant 7:22.13. With Wimberly being 16, the relay now breaks the 15-18 NAG record of 7:24.52.

Ohio State finished in second at 7:29.62 while Carmel took third place at 7:33.55.

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Hoosier Daddy
3 months ago

Busts lol xD

Last edited 3 months ago by Hoosier Daddy
Billy mays
3 months ago

Jesus that Phelps NAG…..

Reply to  Billy mays
3 months ago

You should see the Thorpe NAGs in Australia . Nuts. 144.06. 3.40.17 . Age 18 . Plus a 7.39 in 800.

Last edited 3 months ago by Joel
3 months ago

Not bad for a guy who didn’t swim more than 2x a week in early 2021!

Reply to  NCSwimFan
3 months ago

What a sorry comment

Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Correct me if I’m wrong but I remember of Connery being more a breaststroker a few years ago.
Looks like he has transformed in a very good freestyler.

Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I see Jack LeVant very high placed in the 17/18 all-time rankings.
He was such a great US prospect in the 200 free/200 fly 3 years ago.
We have not heard much from him since then.
I’ve just looked at the olympic trials results and I didn’t see his name.
is he injured?

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I know nothing, but it appears Stanford was not a good fit for him. Pure speculation.

Bobo Gigi
Reply to  Right Dude Here
3 months ago

Yes, it’s pure speculation. But that’s a fact that he has disappeared from the radars since he swims at Stanford. He would not be the first great US junior wasting his talent there. He’s from Texas so I’m surprised he didn’t go to Texas in college. They know how to develop 200 free guys there.

Reply to  Right Dude Here
3 months ago

Levant was struggling with depression and injuries. If I remember correctly, he said on his social media that he was taking a step back from swimming to reconnect with more important things, which I respect

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I can’t remember what happened but i think it was a bad injury right after he went that 1:46 free and 1:55 fly. It occurred before he went to Stanford so they didn’t have anything to do with it.

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I have heard Levant has not been training for some time. He took some time off to decide if he wanted to continue and hasn’t competed since March 2020. Also, he is not on the Stanford roster for the upcoming year. Most signs indicate that he is done swimming.

Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Jack Alexy 48.69
Let’s hope Cal takes care about him. He’s a special 100 free talent. 7 foot wingspan.

Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

I see Maxime Rooney in those all-time rankings.
In 2019 he swam 47.61 in the 100 free, 1.46.78 in the 200 free and 50.68 in the 100 fly!
Hopefully it was not the peak of his career. He was far from that level in Omaha this year.

Bobo Gigi
3 months ago

Oh and I see Michael Phelps too. He had a pretty good career.

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