Matthew Thomas
Matthew  Thomas

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Hollister, Calif.

High School:
Valley Christian HS

Event:
Butterfly


PRONUNCIATION:



2017-18 Sophomore Season: At the NCAA Championship, swam with the 200 Free Relay that took eighteenth (1:17.63), the 200 Medley Relay that took fourteenth (1:24.89), and the 400 Free Relay that took twenty-fourth (2:53.66) • At the Big Ten Championships, swam in the 200 Medley Relay that took second (1:24.25), the 400 Medley Relay that took second (3:06.90), the 200 Free Relay that took third (1:17.02), and the 400 Free Relay that took fifth (2:52.50), also, placed twenty-third in the 50-yard free (20.04), thirteenth in the 100-yard fly (46.72), and tied for sixth in the 200-yard fly (1:44.60) • received first place in the 200-yard fly (1:47.89) and third in the 100-yard fly (48.42) at the Triple Dual against Northwestern and Purdue • finished second in both the 200-yard fly (1:49.48) and the 100-yard fly (48.93) vs. Denver • took first place in the 200-yard fly (1:50.31) and first in the 100-yard fly (49.06) vs. Hawai'i and Drury • placed seventh in the 50-yard free (20.30), third in the 100-yard fly (47.83), and first in the 200-yard fly (1:46.76) at the Minnesota Invitational • took fourth in the 200-yard fly (1:50.20) and eighth in the 100-yard fly (49.69) at the Quad Dual vs. Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin • finished second in the 200-yard fly (1:49.71) and third in the 100-yard fly (48.99) vs. Iowa • had third place finishes in the 200-yard fly (1:50.93) and the 100-yard fly (48.92) vs. Florida State.

2016-17 Freshman Season: Improved times in multiple events at the Big Ten Championships: 50-yard fly (20.46), 100-yard fly (47.34), and 200-yard fly (1:46.55) • earned first place in the 100-yard fly with a 48.15 at the Freeman Invitational.

High School/Club:
 Graduate of Valley Christian High School, where he swam for coach Kevin Parizi • set high school record for 200 IM (1:51.86), 100 back (50.01), and 100 fly (47.52) • finished fifth at the state meet in 2016 in the 100 fly • 3-time high school MVP • named Valley Christian Athlete of the Year during his junior season • earned multiple All-America and Scholastic All-America awards • swam for the Santa Clara Swim Club under coach Allison Beebe • was named club’s MVP in 2015 • finished seventh at the Winter Juniors in 2015 in the 200 fly with a time of 1:47.70 • placed second at the Central Coast Section • won the 50 free and 100 fly at the 2016 Dolfin Junior National Championship Cup • broke gold medalist Pablo Morales’ 18-and-under age group record at his club in the 100 fly.

Personal: Son of Mark and Lou Thomas • has one sister, Mackenzie.

Top Times at Minnesota
Event  Time Date
50 free 20.04 2/22/2018
100 fly 46.64 2/23/2018
200 fly 1:44.60 2/24/2018

MORE HEADLINES

Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet

Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet

4/16/2018 - M. Swimming

Minnesota celebrated the 2017-18 season at its annual banquet to recognize the team's accomplishments as well as individual award winners.

Gophers 2017-18 Season Rewind

Gophers 2017-18 Season Rewind

4/3/2018 - M. Swimming

2017-18 saw the team earn individual championship titles, impressive dual record, numerous individual top times and new school record times.

Gophers Finish 15th at NCAA Meet

Gophers Finish 15th at NCAA Meet

3/24/2018 - M. Swimming

The University of Minnesota earns their best finish at the NCAA meet since 2011.

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