After one year with the Auburn Tigers, freshman Sam Stewart will transfer to the defending NCAA Champions from the University of Texas, sources close to the situation tell us.
Stewart, the younger brother of Georgia All-American Ty Stewart, swam at the NCAA Championships for the Auburn Tigers, where he finished 26th in the 400 IM (3:47.72), 42nd in the 200 back (1:47.54), and 45th in the 200 IM (1:48.16). All three of those times were slower than his previous season bests.
Stewart’s best times in his primary events, denoted as (best time coming to Auburn/best time at Auburn):
- 100 free – (46.66/DNS)
- 200 free – (1:39.46/1:42.45)
- 500 free – (4:28.90/DNS)
- 100 back – (51.22/51.16)
- 200 back – (1:47.85/1:46.10)
- 200 IM – (1:50.68/1:46.48)
- 400 IM – (3:50.42/3:45.33)
Stewart’s biggest improvements in his first year of college swimming came in the IM races, where Texas scored a combined 49 points (all from underclassmen) at last year’s NCAA Championships. Including 200 IM NCAA Champion Will Licon, that was Texas’ second-highest scoring two-event ‘stroke group,’ behind only their butterfliers.
Stewart scored 37 individual points at last year’s SEC Championships, which includes a 6th-place finish in the 400 IM; for Texas, conference scoring is basically irrelevant in the anemic Big 12, so Stewart will fight for a spot on an NCAA roster that had to leave one qualifier home last year.
The Texas men finished 1st at last year’s NCAA Championships, and the Auburn men were 10th.
As a prep, Stewart swam for Crawfish Aquatics in Louisiana and the YMCA Hubfins in Mississippi.