D2 Swimmer Ben Sampson Rips 1:40.73 200 Back At Altitude

TYR Colorado Mesa University Invite

  • November 16 -19, 2022
  • El Pomar Natatorium – Grand Junction, CO
  • SCY (25 Yards)
  • Full Results: “TYR Colorado Mesa Univ. Invite” on MeetMobile

Men’s 200 Back – Prelims

  1. Ben Sampson (CMU) – 1:40.73
  2. Andrew Scoggin (CMU) – 1:46.56
  3. Jeremy Kock (CMU) – 1:47.58
  4. Jackson Moe (CMU) – 1:50.08
  5. Luca Burns (CSM)/Jakson Winn (CSM) – 1:52.25
  6. Luke Webster (CLUB) – 1:53.33
  7. Brayden Whitmarsh (CSM) – 1:54.74

Colorado Mesa’s Ben Sampson blasted a 1:40.73 200 backstroke during prelims on the final day of the TYR Colorado Mesa Invitational. It was a new pool and meet record for the redshirt sophomore, cutting more than three seconds off each record.

Colorado Mesa is hosting the meet, which means that Sampson’s time (and all the others) was swum at an altitude of 4,583 feet. Sampson’s swim converts to 1:39.53, which is faster than the current Division II record. It also would have put him 12th at 2022 Division I NCAAs.

1:40.73 is one of the fastest 200 back times in the country this year in any division. There are other invites happening in the NCAA, but currently, Sampson’s time stands as the second-fastest in the country behind only Texas A&M’s Ethan Gogluski‘s 1:39.98. It was also only a prelims swim, so Sampson will have another chance to claim the top time in the country.

Regardless of altitude, the time is also a massive personal best for the Maverick, who’s previous lifetime best stood at 1:41.53 from his runner-up performance at 2022 NCAAs.

Split Comparison, Sampson 200 Back

Sampson – 2022 TYR CMU Invite Prelims Sampson- 2022 Division II NCAAs
50 24.02 23.40
100 49.39 (25.37) 48.71 (25.31)
150 1:15.19 (25.80) 1:15.12 (26.41)
200 1:40.73 (25.54) 1:41.53 (26.41)

It’s hard to compare a swim at altitude with a non-altitude one, but it’s clear that Sampson has worked on his back-end speed. In his prelims swim, his second 100 was 51.34 compared to 52.82 in March.

Sampson is almost six seconds clear of the rest of the field, making him almost a lock to win the event in finals tonight.

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2 months ago

Love Ben Sampson

2 months ago

the colorado mesa pool is really big and nice. terrible ventilation though. that’s a hell of a swim

Jay Ryan
2 months ago

Sorry but it took 1:39.49 to make the A-Final out of the heats and 8th was 1:40.72, so the title of the article is not quite right. Good swim for the kid, though.

Reply to  Jay Ryan
2 months ago

This is division 2

Reply to  Dylan
2 months ago

Yes, but the caption to the photo says it would have finished 8th at *D1* NCAAs.

Reply to  Jay Ryan
2 months ago

I doubt few D1 swimmers could go 1:40.7 at nearly at 5k feet altitude sucks after a 50.

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Jay Ryan
2 months ago

There was altitude too so it is a good swim whatever

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