Carson Foster Breaks World Junior Record in 400 IM at US Nationals

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17-year-old Carson Foster of the Mason Manta Rays broke the world junior record in the 400 IM on Friday night at the 2019 Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals. Foster swam a 4:13.39 to lower the record of 4:14.00 that fellow American Sean Grieshop set in 2016 at the US Olympic Trials. Foster finished in second place on Friday at the US Nationals in Palo Alto, California as he was run down by Bobby Finke in the final 50.

Finke won the National title at 4:13.15.

Foster moved up to 11th in the world for 2019 as he is the third fastest American this year in the 400 IM behind Worlds silver medalist Jay Litherland (4:09.22) and Finke. Foster also now sits fourth all-time in the 17-18 NAG rankings. World junior records only started being kept in 2014 so any quicker prior 18 and under times do not count as world junior records.

Foster was recently announced as Swimming World’s High School Swimmer of the Year in a tie with Gianluca Urlando. Foster will be a freshman at the University of Texas in the fall of 2020.

17-18 All-Time NAG Rankings:

  1. 4:09.09, Michael Phelps, 2003
  2. 4:12.30, Tom Dolan, 1994
  3. 4:12.59, Chase Kalisz, 2012
  4. 4:13.39, Carson Foster, 2019
  5. 4:14.00, Sean Grieshop, 2016
  6. 4:14.51, Gunnar Bentz, 2013
  7. 4:14.93, Jay Litherland, 2014
  8. 4:15.03, Jake Foster, 2019

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
  11. 4:13.39, Carson Foster, USA

4 comments

    • Martin Berbetti Guzmán

      Aldo Esteban Castillo ayer leí que a muchas de sus estrellas, las guardan en los años previos a los JJOO. Por eso varios que nadan este nacional no fueron al Mundial de Korea. La espaldista fue la única excepción.