Felix Aubock is Austrian freestyle specialist and Olympian. He built up an extensive international swimming resume before heading to the States to swim for the University of Michigan.
Aubock has been a staple on the Austrian National team since 2013. In that year he competed at the European Junior Championships, World Junior Championships and the European SC Championships.
2015 FINA World Championships
In Kazan, Russia Aubock competed at his first long course World Championships. He swam the 200, 400 and 1,500 freestyle. His best finish was in the 400 meter freestyle with a 20th place. He finished 29th in the 200 meter and 37th in the 1,500 meter.
2016 Rio Olympic Games
In his first Olympic Games at 19 years old, Aubock’s highest finish came in the 200 meter freestyle where he placed 18th. He also swam the 400 meter freestyle and 1,500 meter freestyle, finishing 25th and 42nd respectively.
2017 World Championships
On day one in Budapest Aubock was in the line up for the 400 meter freestyle final. He finished 5th in 3:45.21. In the 800 meter freestyle he finished 6th in 7:51.20.
University Of Michigan
Aubock quickly made an impact on the Wolverine swim team, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors after his first conference championships. He took down Peter Vanderkay’s meet record in the 500 yard freestyle to grab maximum points in 4:10.63. He also won gold in the mile in 14:29.25 and edged his way in the top-ten all time in the event and fastest ever freshman. He also picked up a pair of bronze medals in the 200 yard freestyle and 800 yard freestyle relay.
At his first NCAA Championships, Aubock picked up a silver and bronze medal. His bronze came in the 500 yard freestyle where he touched in 4:08.95, 0.03 behind Texas’ Townley Haas who took silver. Clark Smith claimed the gold.
His silver came after a tough battle in the 1650 yard freestyle. Auboeck along with Smith, Akaram Mahmoud and Jordan Wilimovsky put on a spectacular show for the crowd in Indianapolis. In the closing stages of the race the four swimmers wet stroke-for-stroke, pushing each other to post the four fastest ever mile swims. Smith took the gold, but Aubock was right behind to touch in 14:22.88. Mahmoud took the bronze while Wilimovsky missed out on a medal in fourth. There was just over 1 second between the top four.
In the 200 yard freestyle, Aubock took second in the ‘B’ final in 1:33.21.