U.S. Nationals: Bobby Finke Claims Gold in 400 IM; Carson Foster Breaks WJR for Silver

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Men’s 400 IM (Bobby Finke)

The 1500 freestyle title pocketed earlier in the week, Bobby Finke turned to his distance base to track down Carson Foster for the gold medal in the 400 individual medley, Finke touching in 4:13.15 and Foster going 4:13.39. En route to his second national title, Finke covered the final lap in 28.19, more than a second faster than Foster, whose time was good for a world junior record. The former WJR stood at 4:14.00, set by Sean Grieshop in 2016.

Jake Foster put together an impressive breaststroke leg and finished behind his younger brother in third with a time of 4:15.03. While the older Foster will head to the University of Texas this fall, his sibling will join the Longhorns the following year.

Coming in only .14 of a second after the older Foster was Kieran Smith with a time of 4:15.17. In fifth was Grieshop with a time of 4:15.50, followed by Brodie Williams with a time of 4:16.63. Grant Sanders went 4:18.28 for seventh, followed by Mark Szaranek in eighth with a time of 4:18.90.

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2019 World Rankings:

  1. 4:07.95, Daiya Seto, JPN
  2. 4:09.22, Jay Litherland, USA
  3. 4:10.94, Max Litchfield, GBR
  4. 4:11.90, David Verraszto, HUN
  5. 4:12.07, Lewis Clareburt, NZL
  6. 4:12.54, Yuuki Ikrai, JPN
  7. 4:12.80, Peter Bernek, HUN
  8. 4:12.86, Jeremy Desplanches, SUI
  9. 4:13.15, Bobby Finke, USA
  10. 4:13.30, Joan Luis Pons, ESP