Maxime Rooney Breaks 17-18 NAG Record in 200 Free in SEC Prelims

Photo Courtesy: Singapore Swimming Federation

Florida freshman Maxime Rooney is still 18, so he can still break National Age Group records at this week’s SEC championships in Knoxville. He did just that Thursday morning when he posted a 1:33.05 in the 200 free for the top-seeded time into finals.

That broke Tom Kremer’s 2013 NAG mark of 1:33.07 and was well under Rooney’s own lifetime best of 1:33.70. He was the U.S. Short Course National Champion in the event in December and could add more hardware later on tonight in the final.

Earlier in the meet, Rooney split a quick 1:31.54 on Florida’s 800 free relay, so there could be even more in tank for this evening. He is the top seed in the event,while South Carolina’s Fynn Minuth took the second seed at 1:34.22, followed by Florida’s Khader Baqlah (1:34.47), Alabama’s Laurent Dams (1:34.56), Florida’s Mitch D’Arrigo (1:34.62), Georgia’s Walker Higgins (1:34.81), Tennessee’s Joey Reilman (1:34.82) and Missouri’s Mike Schreuders (1:34.99).



  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    Tom Kremer never held the NAG record Rooney broke as he is an an Isreali citizen and non – Americans can’t hold U.S. NAG records.

    Grant Shoults of Rancho Santa Margarita High in Southern California ( and now S freshman @ Stanford) went 1:33.26 @ last year’s SoCal Oreo Championshios and that’s the record Rooney broke.

    • avatar
      Bill Bell

      Make that ” prep championships”

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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