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.