Norway’s Halvor Borgström, Son of Olympian, Joins Texas Men for 2018

As it can often be with international students opting to swim in the NCAA, names and faces may show up on rosters at the start of a season seemingly out of the blue. That’s the case now with the Texas men, as their 2018-19 roster was recently posted online with a new member of their current freshman class: Halvor Arne Borgström of Norway.

Borgström is the son of Arne Borgström, who competed at the 1976 and 1984 Olympic Games for Norway. Additionally, his father Arne was a prolific distance freestyler at the University of Alabama. In 1982, he won the NCAA title in the mile swimming for the Crimson Tide.

Halvor Borgström is listed as a butterflier on the Texas roster, though he’s solid in the IM’s, mid-distance freestyle, and breaststroke events as well. In fact, the 200 IM may be his strongest race in LCM.

TOP TIMES (LCM)

  • 400m free – 4:00.91
  • 800m free – 8:22.99
  • 50m breast – 29.65
  • 100m fly – 57.44
  • 200m fly – 2:07.78
  • 200m IM – 2:05.78
  • 400m IM – 4:31.27

Borgström is part of a now thirteen-strong class of freshman with the Longhorns. This is a monstrous class, both in size and in talent — it’s no wonder they garnered SwimSwam’s #1 spot in the class of 2022 rankings.

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Paul
3 years ago

Of all the names to hear behind the blocks, Halvor Bjorgstrom has to be one of the most intimidating. It sounds like you’re stepping up to race a Norse God who could kill you where you stand

JP input is too short
Reply to  Paul
3 years ago

My sophomore year, there was a guy Drury University brought in midseason. His name was Sergiy Bilov. He was about 6’4″ 220# and swam with a mullet and no goggles.

Now THAT was intimidating.

iLikePsych
Reply to  Paul
3 years ago

I spent at least 30 seconds interpreting ‘Son of Olympian’ in the article title as a joke that he was the son of a Greek god of Olympus, and then wondering why they would say that when he has a Norse sounding name.

Admin
Reply to  Paul
3 years ago

See, I think everyone who thinks the name is intimidating is thinking “Mighty Ducks 2 vs. Iceland.” If you think about it in the Swedish pitch accent, it’s probably way less intimidating sounding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6D5b0XnqwA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GgSAeDtwO4

Longhorn
3 years ago

Excited to see you swim Halvor! 🤘🏻

PPKL
3 years ago

I’m sure he’ll get faster, but right now he barely makes the team with those times. The pedigree is there for sure.

1001pools
3 years ago

krok dem, Halvor!

Boomcobson
3 years ago

And this class was already insane to begin with

Bevo
3 years ago

Two things for sure.
He’ll be faster than he ever thought he’d be
He will know the difference between corn tortillas and lefse

Scribble
3 years ago

Girls are faster than him in everything but the 2IM. Ladies have really stepped up there game the last decade.

Jimbo
Reply to  Scribble
3 years ago

I mean those are lcm times

Hmmm.....
Reply to  Jimbo
3 years ago

Flick would dog him in the 200m fly

Togger
Reply to  Scribble
3 years ago

If by girls you mean “Katie Ledecky and Katinka Hosszu”, yes, but that hardly excludes you from being a very good male swimmer.

Ervin
Reply to  Togger
3 years ago

Kelsi Dahlia, Lily King, Elizbeth Biesel also with better times

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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