Trenton Julian Swims Personal Best 1:57.86 200 IM, #5 American this Year



Day 5 – Saturday, August 7

  • Women’s 1500 Freestyle
  • 200 Individual Medley
  • Men’s 800 Freestyle
  • 50 Freestyle
  • 4 x 100 Medley Relay



  1. Trenton Julian (ROSE) – 1:57.86
  2. Sean Grieshop (CAL) – 2:01.84
  3. Nate Germonprez (ISWM) – 2:02.61

Trenton Julian capped off his 2021 Speedo Summer Championships with a monster swim in the 200 IM. Julian won the men’s 200 IM by a massive margin, clocking a 1:57.86. The swim marks a personal best for Julian by 1.35 seconds.

Julian’s previous best of 1:59.21 was swum in semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June. Here is a split comparison between Julian’s swim tonight, and his previous best from Trials:

Split 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II – SEMIFINALS 2021 Speedo Summer Champs – Irvine FINALS
50m 25.41 24.96
100m 31.40 29.69
150m 34.26 34.77
200m 28.14 28.44
Final Time 1:59.21 1:57.86

Julian swam tonight’s race very differently than he swam the race in semifinals of the Olympic Trials. He was about half a second faster on the fly split, then buried his Trials backstroke split by 1.79 seconds. That means Julian was out 2.24 seconds faster on the first 100 than he was in June. The faster front half did, however, come at the expense of his back half, which was 0.81 seconds slower tonight than in June.

The swim makes Julian the #5 American in the LCM 200 IM this year, and raises him to #21 in the world this year. His time also would have finished 4th in finals of the Olympic Trials.

Here are the top 5 Americans in the men’s LCM 200 IM in 2021:

Rank Time Name Meet Name Date
1 1:55.26 Michael Andrew US Olympic Team Trials – Wave II 6/17/2021
2 1:56.97 Chase Kalisz US Olympic Team Trials – Wave II 6/18/2021
3 1:57.20 Carson Foster 2021 ST TXLA Speedo Southern Sectionals 7/25/2021
4 1:57.23 Kieran Smith US Olympic Team Trials – Wave II 6/19/2021
5 1:57.86 Trenton Julian Speedo Summer Championships – Irvine 8/7/2021

In addition to the 200 IM performance, Julian swam on Rose Bowl Aquatics’ 400 medley relay tonight. He provided a blistering 51.25 fly split for his relay, marking his fastest fly split to date.

Here is a summary of Julian’s swims this week:

Event Speedo Summer Champs Personal Best Time
200 fly 1:54.71 1:54.71
100 free (relay lead-off) 49.97 49.97
200 free 1:47.83 1:47.50
200 breast 2:16.41 2:16.41
100 fly 51.74 51.70
400 free 3:55.96 3:49.47
200 free (relay anchor) 1:46.93 N/A
200 IM 1:57.86 1:57.86
100 fly (medley relay split) 51.25 N/A

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2 years ago

Julian keeps on getting better and better. I reckon he is one breakout meet away from being a star on the US team

2 years ago

He seems to do better when he flies and dies

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Geez Louise. He had a great meet. He’ll be fun to watch at NCAAs.

2 years ago

Julian, Julian
Six foot eight, weighs a f***ing ton
Opponents beware, opponents beware
He’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming

Konner Scott
2 years ago

Liking his chances for 2024. He’ll continue to be hungry while some 2021 Olympians take some time off, I’m sure.

Bobo Gigi
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2 years ago

MA will not take some time off. He will cross the ocean to train with Philippe Lucas 7 days a week/20 km per day. The biggest training methods change in the history of the sport! The transition from USRPT will be violent. But MA is ready to make the efforts to never again feel the piano in the last 50.

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2 years ago

No Way MA at Paris.. Carson i’s a lock in both im…anyway feeling good for USA as they surpassed China as Gold and total medal Count… Congrats USA… Hope to see you in Paris

Reply to  Nusrat
2 years ago

MA will be trained by Tony Ervin, and he will be a half body length ahead of Dressel by 15 meters and break Cielo’s suited WR.

Honestly though, I think MA is more excited about sprinting and he will be focusing more on stroke 50s at worlds rather than 200IM. Excited to see what he can do with some time off and working on his dry lands next year.