Elijah Sohn has announced that he is transferring to Southern Methodist University after spending one season at Texas A&M.
During his time at Texas A&M, Sohn was an NCAA relay-qualifier, earning CSAA All-American status as a member of the 400 freestyle relay that finished 16th overall at the 2021 Championships. At the conference level, Sohn was an SEC Championships finalist in the 200 freestyle, where he finished 21st in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:36.58.
With the extra year of eligibility granted to athletes due to COVID-19, Sohn should still have a full 4 years of eligibility remaining at SMU.
Best Times SCY
- 50 freestyle – 20.21
- 100 freestyle – 43.85
- 200 freestyle – 1:35.53
- 500 freestyle – 4:29.09
- 100 butterfly – 49.40
- 200 butterfly – 1:49.47
Sohn will have an immediate impact on SMU’s roster the minute he steps on campus. His best time in the 200 freestyle would have ranked 1st on SMU’s roster last season by almost a second. In addition, Sohn’s time would have won the 200 freestyle at the 2021 American Athletic Conference Championships, where the top time was a 1:36.07. In fact, Sohn also would have placed top-5 in the Championships in both the 50 and 100 freestyle as well, as his times would have ranked him 4th and 3rd, respectively. Given his rankings in all 3 events, Sohn will also play a role in SMU’s relays.
At the 2021 AAC Championships, the SMU men placed 1st overall, with Cincinnati the only other men’s team in the league. SMU sent one swimmer, breaststroker Caleb Rhodenbaugh to the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships, but he did not score any points.
Sohn will begin next fall with Davis Edwards and Cole Burns, who are both transfers, and the new members of the SMU class of 2025: Angus Corbeau, Ben Binder, Cotton Fields, Joe Rusnock, Joshua Miller, Max Zuanich, Pierce Thionville, Rob McCall, Russell Exum, Rylan Stevenson, Samuel Tiblier, and Sawyer Inglis. The class is arguably their best in a decade, and one of the first since hiring Missouri head coach Greg Rhodenbaugh.
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