Luke Hobson ranks second all-time among Americans in short course 400m freestyle
Earlier this week, David Johnstone used his visiting status at the Australian Short Course Championships to set an American record in the short course version of the 800 meter freestyle. Friday night was Luke Hobson who made a run at the history of the United States in Sydney.
En route to victory in the 400 freestyle at the Sydney Aquatic Centre, Hobson clocked 3:35.67, the second-best in history for an American. Only Pierre Vanderkaay was faster, thanks to his effort of 3:34.81 at the Japan Open in 2009. After competing in the Duel in the pool, Hobson decided to stay in Sydney and compete in additional races. After the game, he will return to the University of Texas for his second season.
Hobson has become a bright prospect for the United States in middle-distance freestyles. Just under two years away from the 2024 United States Olympic Trials, Hobson is one of the main names in the conversation for a bid for the upcoming Paris Olympics. Earlier this summer, Hobson was on the 200 freestyle title list at the US Nationals. In addition, he went 1h45 in the Duel at the Pool event.
In his 400m freestyle win, Hobson finished comfortably ahead of Aussie Mack Hortonwho hit the wall in 3:37.94, more than two seconds behind the American.