Abrahm Devine is an American medley specialist from Seattle, Washington. Before heading to Palo Alto to swim for Stanford, Devine swam for Cascade Swim Club where he garnered national attention as a junior swimmer. In 2014 he was a member of the Junior National Team and swam in his first International meets on the World Cup Circuit.
Devine made an immediate impact for the Cardinal during his freshman campaign, picking up points at both the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships. He picked up a silver and bronze medal in the medley events at the Pac-12’s and contributed more points with an 8th place finish in the 200 yard butterfly. At the NCAA meet, he finished 6th in the 400 yard medley in 3:42.02 to earn his first First-Team All-American honor. He also tied for 11th place in the 200 yard medley and finished 38th in the 200 yard butterfly.
As a sophomore, Devine picked up more All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. He finished fifth in the 400 yard medley as well as the 400 yard freestyle relay. He helped the Cardinal to a seventh place finish in the 800 yard freestyle relay and like the year before, he finished 11th in the 200 yard medley. This year though, he switched the 200 yard butterfly for the 200 yard backstroke and finished 16th in the event.
After a successful summer, DeVine carried the momentum into the college season and won his first NCAA Championship title in the 400 IM. He won the event with a time of 3:35.29 in front of Arizona’s Nick Thorne and California’s Andrew Seliskar. DeVine also competed in the 200 IM and 200 backstroke. In the 200 IM, he touched the wall fourth with a new best time of 1:40.35. He was also a part of the 800 and 400 freestyle relays. DeVine led off Stanford’s 800 freestyle relay with a time of 1:32.77 where they placed eight overall.
Devine’s international debut came as a junior swimmer when he swam at the Tokyo and Singapore legs of the World Cup Series as a member of the Junior National Team.
2017 US Nationals/World Championship Trials
At the US National, Devine qualified for his first major international meet, the World Championships in Budapest. A speedy final 50 in the 200 meter medley secured his spot with a silver medal. He stormed to a new best time of 1:56.79, which was almost three and a half seconds faster than his previous best he set the year before at the Olympic Trials. Devine finished behind Olympian Chase Kalisz. He also swam in the 200 meter backstroke final, setting another best time of 1:58.65 to finish sixth.
2017 World Championships
In his first major international meet, Devine made it to the semis of the 200 IM, but touched the wall at 1:58.01, which was only good enough for 10th, knocking him out of the final heat.