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

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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