Ultra Swim Swimmer of the Month: Sean Conway, Virginia

Ultra Swim Swimmer of the Month is a recurring SwimSwam feature shedding light on a U.S.-based swimmer who has proven themselves over the past month. As with any item of recognition, Swimmer of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one athlete whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a swimmer who was visibly outperforming other swimmers over the month, or one whose accomplishments slipped through the cracks among other high-profile swims. If your favorite athlete wasn’t selected, feel free to respectfully recognize them in our comment section.

University of Virginia sophomore Sean Conway is starting the season out on a high note.

Out of high school, Conway was a 1:45.7/3:47.3 IMer who joined a strong group of Cavalier recruits under head coach Todd Desorbo. Conway wound up cutting to 1:45.60 and 3:46.39 in a freshman year of moderate time drops. (He also went 1:42.27 in the 200 back after going 1:43.5 in high school).

But this week at Virginia’s intrasquad meet, Conway blasted a 1:45.83 in the 200 IM, just tenths off a lifetime-best. He shattered the UVA pool record, which had stood since the super-suit era of 2008.

Across the two-day meet, Conway managed three lifetime-best swims among his six races. That included a 49.39 in the seldom-swum 100 IM, a 54.82 in the 100-yard breaststroke, and a 23.11 in a long course 50-meter freestyle when the course switched to long course meters on the meet’s second day.

Here’s a look at all of Conway’s swims across the two-day meet:

  • 200y IM: 1:45.83 (pool record)
  • 100y breast: 54.82 (career-best)
  • 100y IM: 49.39 (career-best)
  • 50m free: 23.11 (career-best)
  • 400m free: 4:07.54
  • 100m back: 58.32


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I have spoken.
20 days ago

This is the way.

19 days ago

Sean “The Man” Conway, what a beast! Go get ‘em Sean!

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