Former Florida High School Champion Logan Samuelson Transferring from Auburn to Iowa

Distance freestyler Logan Samuelson will transfer to the University of Iowa after one season at Auburn, he tells SwimSwam on Thursday.

“I decided to transfer because Auburn wasn’t a good fit for me and I wasn’t a good fit for Auburn,” Samuelson said. “After a lot of thought and research I chose to transfer to Iowa because I believe it is a better fit for me.”

Samuelson was a three-time Florida State Champion in high school with one win in the 200 free and two in the 500 free for Fort Myers High School, and was a highly touted distance recruit, but in his first season with the Tigers failed to go a lifetime best in any short course race or score any points at the SEC Championships.

Samuelson’s best times in yards, coming out of high school:

  • 200 free – 1:38.58
  • 500 free – 4:22.77
  • 1000 free – 9:10.29
  • 1650 free – 15:11.73

Iowa has some history of training distance swimmers, though most of that is thanks to the Olympic medalist Artur Wojdat in the late 80’s/early 90’s who was actually a peer of current head coach Marc Long when Long swam for the Hawkeyes.

More recently, freshman Chris Dawson had a breakthrough freshman season for Iowa last year. He improved his best time in the mile by 16 seconds in a single season in Iowa City to go 15:12.17 – a time that ranks him 5th on the all-time program rankings list.

If Samuelson even matches his previous lifetime bests, he should be at least a double-digit individual scorer for Iowa at the Big Ten Championships.

Samuelson will also have a chance at racing for a spot on a young Iowa 800 free relay, along with senior Luke Snow and junior Jackson Halsmer.


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Coach Chackett
5 years ago

Yes, his best times, if performed in prelims & finals would have netted him 11 points in the 2015 B1G Championships. I’d expect him to improve his performances, especially in the 1,650.

5 years ago

Oh, yes, Arthur Wojdat and Tomasz Gawronski, the hights of Iowa swimming in 90s during my graduate years at Iowa. Coach Long is doing great job in Iowa and new Natatorium will only help recruiting. Go Hawks!

5 years ago

Brett Hawke losing yet another one? Auburn swimming is going downhill with this man. Fire Brett hawke or every swimmer will be gone at this rate

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