Sean  Lehane

Sean Lehane


Naperville, Ill.

High School:
Naperville High School



2016 - 7
2015 - 4
2014 - 6
2013 - 3

Gold: 3
2015: 200 back, 200 medley relay
2014: 200 back
Silver: 1
2013: 800 FR
Bronze: 3
2014: 800 FR
2013: 200 back, 400 MR

2016 All-American
2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2016 CSCAA Scholar All-America
2015 All-American
2015 All-SEC (1st team)
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 SEC Swimmer of the Week (1 time)
2014 All-American
2014 All-SEC (1st team)
2014 SEC Swimmer of the Week (1 time)
2014 CSCAA Scholar All-America
2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2013 All-American
2013 All-SEC (2nd team)
2013 SEC All-Freshman Team
2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2015-16 - SENIOR

  • Swam first leg for the 200 yard medley relay helping to earn fourth place and 52 team points (1:24.09)
  • Member of the 800 yard freestyle relay team earning a final time of (6:24.34) with a total 50 team points
  • Scored 20 team points and a time of (46.70) in the B-Final 100 yard backstroke
  • Finished eleventh in the 200 yard freestyle with a (1:35.58) final and 16 team points.


  • Earned maximum seven All-America honors at his final NCAA meet, including two individual events (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke) and all five relays.
  • Led Tennessee to a seventh-place team finish, the best finish for the Vols since 2001.
  • Recorded a second career top-five finish in the 200 backstroke, finishing fourth in 1:39.29
  • Took 14th in the 100 backstroke (45.92)

2014-15 - JUNIOR

2015 All-American
2015 All-SEC (1st team)
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 SEC Swimmer of the Week (1 time)


  • In the men's first event of the season at UNCW, Lehane swam the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay to earn a first place victory with teammates Tristan Slater, Chris Sadsad and Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom.
  • In between the two relays, Lehane earned his first solo win in the 100-yard butterfly in 50.88.
  • Lehane once again teamed up to help swim the fastest time in the men's final event of the day at UNCW--the 400-yard freestyle relay--with fellow juniors Tim Wylie, Chris Sadsad and Jimmy Dagley.
  • Earned four first-place finishes at Queens and North Carolina, winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.37) and 200-yard backstroke (1:44.89) at QU before winning the 100-yard backstroke (48.23) and 200 Back (1:44.37) at UNC
  • Won the 200 Back for the third time this season against IU and UK (1:44.48)
  • Earned third place in the 200 Free (1:38.72) against IU and UK
  • Earned a grand total of eight NCAA b-cut times at Nike Cup
  • Lehane swam a career-best 19.59 in the anchor leg of the 200 Free Relay at the Nike Cup; UT's A relay team won the event
  • Swam three more career-best times at Nike Cup: a 44.02 in the 400 Free Relay, 47.22 in the 100 Back and 1:47.63 in the 200 IM
  • Won the 100 and 200 Back at Nike Cup in 47.22 and 1:41.83 respectively, both b-cut times; this is the second time he has swept both events (the first time coming in the same UNC pool back in October)


  • Put together another strong conference meet individually, defending his title in the 200 backstroke (1:39.65) and placing sixth in the 100 backstroke (46.60) and seventh in the 200 free (1:35.76).
  • Backstroke leg on the winning 200 medley relay team, which won in an A-cut time of 1:24.09.
  • Also part of the 400 freestyle relay (5th place) the 800 freestyle relay (4th place) and the 400 medley relay (5th place).

  • Placed second in the 200 backstroke in 1:39.20. He broke his school record once again in the preliminaries in a time of 1:38.70.
  • Also took 11th overall (third in consolation) in the 100 backstroke (46.15)
  • Helped Vols to an eighth-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:24.26).
  • Earned honorable mention All-America honors by helping the 200 freestyle relay team to a 16th-place finish.

2013-14 - SOPHOMORE

2014 All-American
2014 All-SEC (1st team)
2014 SEC Swimmer of the Week (1 time)
2014 CSCAA Scholar All-America
2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll


  • Competed in five meets during the fall semester
  • During the fall, he won the 100 backstroke three times and the 200 backstroke three times. He swept the 100 and 200 backstroke and took second in the 200 IM against South Carolina to earn SEC Swimmer of the Week honors for the first time in his career.
  • Recorded NCAA b-cut times in the 200 backstroke all five times he raced in the event during the fall, including a fall-best 1:44.86 at the Georgia Tech Invitational.


  • Individually competed in the 200 yard freestyle (1:34.67), 100 backstroke (46.35) and 200 backstroke (1.39.64).
  • Reached A Final in all those events.
  • The 200 backstroke time was a winner, earning him a gold medal and an A-cut time.
  • Helped the Vols achieve a bronze medal swimming the last leg of the 800 freestyle relay, A-cut time of 6:19.71.
  • Helped the Vols achieve 5th place and an A-cut time of 3:08.20 swimming the first leg of the 400 medley relay.
  • Helped the Vols achieve 4th place and another A-cut time of 2:50.78 swimming the last leg of the 400 frestyle relay.


  • Became the first Vol since 2008 to reach the championship final of an individual swimming event, placing seventh in the 200 backstroke. He broke his own school record in the preliminaries in 1:39.42.
  • Took 15th in the 100 backstroke.
  • Also helped the Vols to the podium in the 400 freestyle relay. UT finished seventh overall.
  • Earned four total All-America honors in relays. In addition to the 400 freestyle relay, he also swam on the 800 freestyle relay (15th), the 200 medley relay (12th) and the 400 medley relay (14th).

2012-13 - FRESHMAN

2013 All-American
2013 All-SEC (2nd team)
2013 SEC All-Freshman Team
2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll


  • After the graduation of All-American Ricky Henahan, Lehane and Sam Rairden took over as the Vols' leading backstrokers
  • As a freshman, broke the 200 backstroke school record, a 21-year-old mark held by Olympian Tripp Schwenk. He also swam the fifth-fastest 100 backstroke time in program history
  • Won first career race against UNC Wilmington in the 200 backstroke (1:48.96)
  • Kept up his winning ways in the 200 backstroke all season, taking first seven times during the dual meet season. He posted NCAA B-cut times in the face six times during the year. Two 200 backstroke wins came down the stretch against Georgia and Florida.
  • Created eight new career bests times in breakout meet at UT Invite: Placed 2nd at UT Invite in 200 free (1:40.48), 1st in 500 free (4:31.92), 2nd in 100 back (48.82), 1st in 200 back (1:45.85) and 2nd in 400 IM (3:58.92)


  • Reached finals in all three of his individual events and earned medals in two relays at his first conference meet
  • Meet highlighted by his performance in the 200 backstroke. Broke Schwenk's 1992 school record in 1:41.26 in the preliminaries and then earned a bronze medal in the evening finals
  • Also reached the A final of the 100 backstroke, taking sixth. He swam a career best 46.80 in the preliminaries.
  • Took 13th in the 500 freestyle, swimming a best 4:21.07 in the finals
  • Helped the 800 freestyle relay team to a silver medal and was part of the bronze medal 400 medley relay team


  • Earned All-America accolades in three events, including first-team honors in the 800 freestyle relay
  • 800 freestyle relay team placed seventh in 6:21.87 to close the second day of NCAAs and helped spark the Vols' strong finish
  • Placed 11th in the 200 backstroke in 1:41.72 on the final evening of the meet
  • Part of the All-American 400 medley relay team that finished 16th


  • Qualified for the 2012 US Olympic Trials in the 200-meter backstroke and has some international competition, having traveled to Osaka, Japan, last year
  • Swam with the Academy Bullets Swim Club, and as a part of Naperville Central High School's swim team, he was an All-American in the 100-yard backstroke and 400 freestyle relay
  • He was team captain his last two years at Naperville


  • Recipient of the Knowling Family Endowment Fund
  • Birthday: November 21, 1994



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