MASON, Ohio — Sycamore High School graduate and City of Mason Manta Ray alumni swimmer Carson Foster placed second in the 200 individual medley Wednesday in the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Foster, a University of Texas rising junior, registered a 1:55.71 to finish as the runner-up. Foster's swim topped his previous personal best of 1:56.44, established during the semifinals.
He became the sixth American to post a sub-1:56 time and the first to do it since Michael Andrew at the 2020 US Olympic Trials in June 2021, according to the University of Texas. He now ranks 13th in world history in the event.
Foster earned the silver medal in the men's 400 IM at Danube Arena. He posted a personal-best and new University of Texas record of 4:06:56 to finish as runner-up.
Foster has the 11th-fastest time overall for an American all-time and eighth-fastest person, according to the University of Texas and City of Mason Manta Rays program.
"It's incredible," Foster told the University of Texas sports website. "I feel like I have kind of been chasing that for a while, so to be finally able to do it feels really good."
Foster, an eight-time college All-American, is seeded second for the 200 IM and will compete in the finals at 1:05 p.m. today on the Olympic Channel and Peacock.
Foster had a personal-best 1:56:44 on Tuesday in the 200 IM. He is the top qualifier for the United States and registered the fastest mark in the preliminary heats with a time of 1:57:94.
Foster, a two-time national champion in the 800 freestyle relay in 2021 and 2022, was part of the NCAA national runner-up team this year and 2021 NCAA national championship team.