Sam Lewis was born Nov. 1,1993 in Tyler, Texas. Lewis’ family has a strong sports history in the state of Texas — his great grandfather played baseball at Texas A&M and his cousin played football at Baylor University. As a distance free and IM specialist, Lewis attended Robert E. Lee High School where he was a four-time high school All-American. The current junior is an All-American, honorable mention All-American, Big 12 champion, and a Spurs fan.
University of Texas
Lewis was valuable in his freshman season qualifying for the NCAA Championships in all three of his individual events. He finished 29th in the 500 freestyle, 32nd in the 1,650 and 43rd in the 200 freestyle. He also had an impressive showing at the Big 12 Championships finishing second in the 200 and 1,650 and also taking home fourth place in the 500 freestyle.
As a sophomore Lewis was on the 800 freestyle relay with Jack Conger, Kip Darmody and Clay Youngquist that finished fifth at the NCAA Championships. With an NCAA All-American nod, he then placed 12th in the 500 freestyle to add honorable mention All-American to his swimming accomplishments. Lewis also finished 20th in the 200 freestyle and 21st in the 1,650 freestyle at the NCAA Championships.
Lewis returned for his junior season as a Longhorn, qualifying for the NCAA Championships three years in a row. He started off his meet in the 500-yard free, and Lewis advanced to the championship final. He added a significant four seconds from his preliminary time, which dropped him from potentially winning a bronze to finishing in 7th place. On day Lewis finished 19th in the 200-yard free, and followed up his swimming by helping Texas finish 8th in the 800-yard free relay. In a time final Lewis’ last event was the 1,650-yard free — his time of 14:47.99 earned him a 9th place finish, a win in the consolation final.