Texas’ Sam Pomajevich Swims 1:39 in 200 Fly Time Trial at Minnesota Invite


  • Wed. Dec. 4 – Sun. Dec. 8, 2019
  • Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center / University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN
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Texas junior Sam Pomajevich time-trialed a 200 yard butterfly on Wednesday evening at the Minnesota Invite and clocked in at 1:39.35, which gives him the fastest time in the country so far this season by more than 2 seconds. It’s also his lifetime best by a second-and-a-half, bettering a 1:40.82 that he swam at the Texas Invite 2 years ago.

Pomajevich had an off year in the 200 fly in the 2018-2019 NCAA season, where his best was 1:41.84. That palced him 17th at the NCAA Championships. After taking a silver medal in the long course 200 fly at last summer’s Pan American Games, however, he’s now rocketed to the top of the national rankings in this 200 yard fly.

The swim also makes Pomajevich the 7th-fastest swimmer in the history of the event. A pair of Longhorn graduates, Jack Conger (1:37.35) and Joe Schooling (1:37.97) are the two fastest in the history of the race

Pomajevich swam a 4:15.67 in prelims of the 500 free on Thursday morning, which is about 3 seconds slower than his best in that event, but is faster than the invite time from NCAAs last year.

All-Time Top 10 Performers, Men’s 200 Yard Butterfly:

  1. Jack Conger, Texas, 2017 – 1:37.35
  2. Joseph Schooling, Texas, 2016 – 1:37.97
  3. Andreas Vazaios, NC State, 2019 – 1:38.57
  4. Zheng Quah, Cal, 2017 – 1:38.83
  5. Vini Lanza, Brazil, 2019 – 1:39.28
  6. Dylan Bosch, Michigan, 2014 – 1:39.33
  7. Sam Pomajevich, Texas, 2019 – 1:39.35
  8. Jan Switkowski, Florida, 2018 – 1:39.55
  9. (TIE) Michael Phelps, NBAC (club), 2010/Tom Shields, Cal, 2013 – 1:39.65

While intrasquad meets don’t count for NCAA qualifying, because Pomajevich’s swim was done in a time trial at a bona fide meet (even though he was the only swimmer entered in the race), it does go on record as an official NCAA time. His biggest competition in the 200 fly, Zheng Quah, is not at this meet even though his Cal team is. Quah is racing this weekend at the Southeast Asian Games for his native Singapore.

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it counts but…..


I know you are not trying to hate on a 1:39 at a mid season meet…


*mid-season meet time trial….


In the grand scheme, how is that significant.

Right Dude Here

I do remember when Conger did the same thing, and it counted as the American Record but not the NCAA record or some BS like that. Texas has done it b’fore.


Definitely a bounce back year for POM

Look at the world record line


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