Video Interview: Maxime Rooney Wins First National Title

Photo Courtesy: Donna Nelson

Maxime Rooney came out on top of a tight field in the men’s 200 free. Rooney clocked a 1:47.10 to win his first National title, but it did not come easily, as he had to touch out Zane Grothe, who won the 400 free on Thursday, by just one one-hundredth of a second to secure the victory. The time moved him into the world rankings in a tie for 20th.

Shortly after the race, Rooney spoke about his strategy headed into the race and how he felt to cut more than two and a half seconds from his best time between Junior Nationals and Nationals. He discussed how he had balanced having two big meets back-to-back. He also gave insight into why he chose to commit early to swim for the University of Florida.

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    Laura Molinari

    The video you posted with the Maxime Rooney story is actually the Caitlin Leverenz interview. Could you please post the interview with Maxime? Thanks!

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      David Rieder

      Apologies for that. Looks like I sent you to our entire Nationals playlist. Good to go now!

Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is the host of Swimming World TV and a staff writer. A contributor to Swimming World since 2009, he has covered NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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