Tuomas Pokkinen
Tuomas  Pokkinen

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Espoo, Finland

High School:
Makelanrinteen Lukio

Event:
Butterfly


10/05/2017

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.

10/03/2016

Meet the Newcomers: Tuomas Pokkinen

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

PRONUNCIATION:


2017-18 Sophomore Season: At the NCAA Championship, swam with the 200 Free Relay that took eighteenth (1:17.63), the 400 Medley Relay that took eighteenth (3:07.03), and the 200 Medley Relay that took (1:24.89) • At the Big Ten Championships, was part of the 200 Medley Relay that took second (1:24.25), 800 Free Relay that took fifth (6:21.95), 200 Free Relay that took third (1:17.02), and the 400 Free Relay that took fifth (2:52.50), finished eighteenth in the 50-yard free (19.88) and ninth in the 100-yard fly (46.37). • finished second in the 200-yard fly (1:49.60) and first in the 100-yard fly (47.92) at the Triple Dual vs Northwestern and Purdue • took first place in the 200-yard fly (1:49.38) and first in the 100-yard fly (48.19) vs. Denver • finished second in the 200-yard fly (1:50.68) and second in the 100-yard fly (49.18) vs. Hawai'i and Drury • placed sixth in the 50-yard free (20.28), first in the 100-yard fly (47.08), and third in the 200-yard fly (1:47.79) at the Minnesota Invitational • took seventh place in the 200-yard fly (1:51.03) and second place in the 100-yard fly (48.33) at the Quad Dual vs. Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin • placed fifth in the 200-yard fly (1:51.88) and second in the 100-yard fly (48.33) vs. Iowa • finished fourth in the 200-yard fly (1:51.66) and second in the 100-yard fly (48.64) against Florida State.

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 19.88 2/22/2018
100 free 45.61 11/12/2016
200 free 1:39.28 2/4/2017
100 fly 46.28 2/24/2017
200 fly 1:47.15 2/25/2017

MORE HEADLINES

Gophers Hold Annual End of Season Banquet

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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.

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

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3/24/2018 - M. Swimming

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

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