Tuomas Pokkinen
Tuomas  Pokkinen


Espoo, Finland

High School:
Makelanrinteen Lukio



Gophers Men’s Swimming & Diving Season Preview

Coming off a successful campaign in 2016-17, the Gophers return to the pool, looking to build on their success in the upcoming season.


Meet the Newcomers: Tuomas Pokkinen

GopherSports.com interviews and gets to know Gopher freshman Tuomas Pokkinen.


2016-17 Freshman Season: All-American honorable mention • part of record-breaking 400-free relay (2:51.06) at the NCAA Championships • Outstanding Student Athlete award recipient • improved times at the Big Ten Championships in the 50-yard free (19.91), 100-yard fly (46.28), and 200-yard fly (1:47.15) • placed first with a 48.68 in the 100-yard fly against North Dakota • improved times in the 50-yard free (20.96) and 100-yard free (45.61) at the Minnesota Invitational • improved times in the 100-yard free (44.96) and 100-yard fly (47.53) at the AT&T Winter Championships • earned a 1:50.62 in the 200-yard fly against Hawaii and Drury • improved to 1:49.38 200-yard fly against Purdue and Northwestern • placed first in the 200-yard free with a 1:39.28 at the Minnesota Challenge.

High School/Club:
Graduate of Makelanrinteen Lukio, where he swam for coach Matti Mäki • swam the 100-meter butterfly in 53.51 (LCM) and 51.82 (SCM) • top time for the 50 butterfly is 24.02 (LCM) • top time for the 50 freestyle is 23.68 (LCM) • swam the 100 freestyle in 49.44 (SCM) • fastest time in the 100 IM was 54.40 • was named Malekanrinne Sports High’s 2015 Male Sports Captain • competed in the 2014 Berlin Europeans semifinal in the 50 fly • two-time national champion in the 100 IM in 2014 and 2015 • represented Finland at two LEN European Championships.

Personal: Son of Mikko Juhani and Pia Irene Pokkinen • has four siblings: older brother Markus Juhani, younger sister Julia Kaarina, younger brothers Emil and Oliver.

Top Times at Minnesota
Event Time Date
50 free 19.91 2/23/17
100 free 45.61 11/12/16
200 free 1:39.28 2/4/17
100 fly 46.28 2/24/17
200 fly 1:47.15 2/25/17


Gophers in the Polls: Oct. 11


The University of Minnesota continues to represent at a high level as multiple Golden Gopher teams achieved national rankings this week.

Gophers Open Up Season with Split of Florida State


The No. 21 Golden Gopher men’s swim and diving team fell short of an upset over No. 20. Florida State falling 179-121.

Gophers Announce Captains for 2017-18 Campaign


The squad will be under the leadership of first year captains Alan LeBlang, Conner McHugh, and Jan Hansen.

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