All-American Elijah Sohn Re-Enters Transfer Portal, May Play Football Instead

SMU swimmer Elijah Sohn has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal to explore a second transfer after swimming just one race for the Mustangs. College football insiders are suggesting that he might be making a sport switch to college football.

Sohn began his collegiate career at Texas A&M in the 2020-2021 season, where as a freshman he earned an Honorable Mention All-America honor. Sohn split 43.76 to anchor A&M’s 16th-place 400 free relay in the timed-final event.

In July 2021, he announced that he would transfer to SMU for his sophomore season. He only swam one meet for the Mustangs, however, the season-opening SMU Classic. There, he finished 10th in the 50 free in 20.79, 11th in the 100 free in 45.23, and was on SMU’s 800 free relay.

Because this is Sohn’s second transfer, he would need to receive an NCAA waiver to be eligible immediately. Waivers are granted in cases of family hardship, coaching changes, discontinued academic programs, or if a sport is cut.

Primarily a sprint freestyler, Sohn attended Aledo High School in suburban Fort Worth. There, as a high school senior, he was the Texas 5A (smaller high schools) State Champion in the 200 yard freestyle (1:37.02). He also placed 3rd in the 100 free. He won the 200 free as a junior in 2019 as well.

Sohn’s Best Times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 20.21
  • 100 free – 43.85
  • 200 free – 1:35.53

When discussing his departure from A&M, Sohn said he faced “a lot of difficulties and persecution at A&M,” saying that he ” Prayed for (his) next steps, and the Lord put SMU on (his) heart.” He said that those “difficulties and persecution” were not the reason he transferred.

Sohn was one of two SMU men to enter the transfer portal this week. Also going in was Tyler Mansheim, who won the 100 free title at the two-team AAC Conference Championship meet in February, also entered the portal. Another sprinter, Mansheim has personal bests of 20.23 in the 50 free, 43.63 in the 100 free, and 1:35.69 in the 200 free.

Mansheim, like Sohn, just finished his sophomore season of eligibility, meaning that he has two years left plus a possible COVID-19 waiver season.

Entering the NCAA Transfer Portal does not require a student-athlete to transfer; rather, it gives them more flexibility to contact coaches at other programs to explore the possibility of transferring.


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1 month ago

Jackson Gugni, current BC football player committed there to swim and redshirted freshman year

Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 month ago

Good luck to him regarding that football desire! Hope he’s not “banking” on that & gets a degree from somewhere👍

1 month ago

Waiting here with the popcorn for all the Aggies to jump into the comment section so the reality comes out. Wonder if we will hear from some SMU team members also.

Reply to  Justanopinion
1 month ago

He lasted about a month at SMU. Never really part of the team…

pete kennedy
1 month ago

Perhaps the most famous and successful football/swimmer was a young man named Robin Moore, a breaststroke swimmer (fly style) out of North high school (Phoenix) (All American 100 Breaststroke 1954 at 1:00) went on to play
guard on Stanford’s football team and to swimming fame. On the cover of 1958 NCAA Guide.

Michigan’s Swimming Legends
1 month ago

In 2003 Dan Priestley swam the fastest 50-yd Freestyle by a freshman in NISCA history.

In 2013 he played football for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford.

Also, before transferring from Michigan to Louisville, Sam Hoekstra participated in spring football catching passes from Denard Robinson at Wide Receiver.

1 month ago

Wow. Last guy to flirt with the swimming to football jump was Jonah Turner in the early 2000s. Nearly made the UNC football team as a punter. Saw a photo of him recently and he looked unwell. Hope he’s okay.

Reply to  Rockwell
1 month ago

Didn’t Mark Seidman play baseball for Akron in the spring while swimming for UNC in the fall? Late 90s. And he was a distance swimmer with the biggest calf’s I’ve ever seen. This kids a sprinter. He can do both

Reply to  BPK
1 month ago

Mark Seidman. Now that’s a blast from the past! I was a season ticket holder for Akron baseball in 1999 when he played. I’ve never seen a more unique swing. It was like something in his pants accentuated the power. He must have had ball bearings in his pockets or something. He belted 69 RBIs that year, then quit for swimming. Too bad. He had talent…

Reply to  Rockwell
1 month ago

I know of this guy a few years back at USC who tried to make the swimming-to-football transition, Nikolai Syssoev. He swam his freshman year there but dropped off the team mid-year as a sophomore, then the next year tried to play spring football. I presume he was not successful.

Reply to  Rockwell
1 month ago

Bob Jackson, 79-82, Univ of Puget Sound. DII 1st team All-American in Football and Swimming. Finalist at DI meet, multi-time Natl champ at DII meet.

NTX Swim
Reply to  Greg
1 month ago

read your post as “Bo Jackson” LOL.. Bo knows swimming!

Reply to  NTX Swim
1 month ago

Bo could have swum sub 19, you know it. Imagine his start… broken blocks.

Reply to  Rockwell
1 month ago

Payton brooks swam 4 years at wvu before using a 5th year of eligibility to walk on to the football team as a receiver. I think the year he walked on was 2009, he swam for wvu while Sergio lopez was the coach. He never saw game action in football but got named practice squad player of the year. He’s an assistant coach for VA tech swimming now

Last edited 1 month ago by Towelie
1 month ago

Somebody must have showed him the average incomes of pro football vs pro swimming, or it was his Lord.

1 month ago

When u can’t openly hate on people for them existing
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