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


  • Wed. Dec. 4 – Sun. Dec. 8, 2019
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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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2 years ago

it counts but…..

Reply to  gator
2 years ago

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

Reply to  B.E.A.C.
2 years ago

*mid-season meet time trial….

Reply to  gator
2 years ago

In the grand scheme, how is that significant.

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Thomas
2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

Definitely a bounce back year for POM

Look at the world record line
2 years ago


2 years ago

Texas is swimming scary fast at this time of year compared to the past.. that being said I don’t doubt they’ll be faster in March but I wouldn’t count on their team having the ridiculous drops for championship season that they usually do.. no hate and nothing against the longhorns, it’s just obvious they’re shaking up their regular “only one meet matters” style of seasonal training they’ve used in recent years

Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

I find it hilarious that every year people find something different to say about Texas.

Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

I wonder if Eddie planned for year 3 of the quad to be more of a base building year and year 4 being a speed year. Another explanation may be that the kids are just more focused because it is an Olympic year. Hopefully Eddie shares his thoughts at some point.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  coach
2 years ago

I think Townley’s death march on the second half of his 500 at NCAAs last year (and other poor swims) convinced Eddie that he was pushing the team too hard. Don’t ever recall them swimming near this fast this time of year.

Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

Or the possibility exists that they’re just faster this year than prior years… – unless you are on the inside of UT swimming you have no idea what if anything they’re doing differently.

Daniel Smith
2 years ago

Braden, It is “fide”. Correct the spelling. And, darn…nice swim in a TT.

2 years ago

That’ll do. Texas HAD a huge deficit in the 100 Fly, 100 Breast, 200 Breast and Fly, plus the 400 IM.

Rest of the country is finding out those concerns have been addressed.

Reply to  Horninco
2 years ago

a little early in the meet to be making conclusion. A lot these swims are just on the bubble to score in March. I’d like to see more “A final” type swims before I move them ahead of Cal.

Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Didn’t say they were ahead of Cal.

I understand the pessimism, but just watch, you might be surprised. Texas doesn’t need to suddenly have 10 extra guys make an A final, just a few more scorers here and there will make a difference. Sliding a relay up one spot. They had two points COMBINED in the mile, 200 fly and 200 breast last year. I wouldn’t be shocked if they scored 40+ in those events this year.

2 years ago

How about people accept that Texas men are just plain good. Eddie knows what he’s doing and has the confidence to do his own thing.

Reply to  AZswummer
2 years ago

Eddie knows what he’s doing and has the confidence to do his own thing.

Maybe all-time comment understatement.

Reply to  Barney
2 years ago

In the big picture, these are kids who bust their tails day after day. Four years goes by fast if you make it all four years. If you are good enough to swim at a place like Texas, then good for you! People should appreciate fast swimming for what it is, regardless of the school a kid goes to. It’s easy to sit back and comment on swimmers/coaches/programs like an armchair quarterback. If a kid has a great swim, then congratulate it. Chances are, it means more to them than it does to you. It’s their blood, sweat, and tears- in that pool- not yours.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  AZswummer
2 years ago

As a Texas man, I can confirm that I am good.

Michael Andrew Wilson
2 years ago

That is a really well swum 200 of any stroke – the last six 25s between 12.76 and 13.08 – let alone butterfly.

I think Texas’ performance is a little more nuanced than some are describing it. Last year Scheinfeld, Jackson, and Yeager had big meets that they couldn’t replicate later in the year. This morning might have featured more consistent good swims, but I think the improvement is subtle unless we see big drops tonight. That being said, the 800 relay was much faster, and the composite medley relay time looks great for December. I’m eager to see what Corbeau, Jiang, and Staka can do individually.

Just being cautiously optimistic 😬🤘

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