Sam  McHugh

Sam McHugh


Chattanooga, Tenn.

High School:
Baylor School



2016 - 2
2015 - 1

Silver: 1
2015: 200 Fly

2016 National Swimmer of the Week (1 time)
2016 SEC Swimmer of the Week (1 time)

2016 All-American
2016 CSCAA Scholar All-America
2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2015 National Swimmer of the Week (1 time)
2015 SEC Swimmer of the Week (1 time)

2015 All-American
2015 All-SEC
2015 SEC Freshman of the Week (1 time)

2016-17 - JUNIOR


  • During the fall, Earned National Swimmer of the Week and SEC Swimmer of the Week honors for his performances in back to back meets against Louisville and then Indiana/Kentucky. He won three events in the victory over Louisville (500 freestyle - 4:25.05, 200 butterfly - 1:46.07, and the 200 Im - 1:48.21).
  • Competed in five meets for the Vols during the fall, winning 10 races and recording 14 NCAA B-cut times
  • Top times during the fall included: 4:24.56 in the 500 free (Auburn), 9:05.54 in the 1000 freestyle (North Carolina), 49.13 in the 100 back (NC State GAC Invite), 1:47.04 in the 200 back (NC State GAC Invite), 1:46.07 in the 200 fly (Louisville), 1:45.07 in the 200 IM (NC State GAC Invite) and 3:42.54 in the 400 IM (NC State GAC Invite).

2015-16 - SOPHOMORE


  • Earned first-team All-America honors after finishing seventh in the 400 IM, his first career NCAA championship final
  • Earned honorable mention All-American honors by swimming the third leg of the 14th-place 800 freestyle relay
  • Finished 19th in 200 IM and 20th in the 200 butterfly
  • His 3:40.64 time in the 200 IM was a career best


  • Placed fifth in the 400 IM with a 3:44.27 time in the final
  • Placed eighth in the 200 IM with a final time of 1:45.71 and 22 team points
  • Finished in the B-Final for the 200 yard butterfly with 13 team points 1:45.07
  • Placed fifth in the 800 yard freestyle relay earning 50 team points along with teammates Joey Reilman, Sean Lehane, and Gustav Aberg Lejdstorm (6:24.34)

2014-15 - FRESHMAN

  • Meet headlined by winning the consolation final of the 400 IM, placing ninth in a time of 3:41.29. It was his first All-America honor.
  • Also took 29th in the 500 freestyle (4:18.70) and 31st in the 200 butterfly (1:44.62).


  • Reached the A final in his three individual events in his first conference meet.
  • Meet was headlined by a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly, where he finished second in an NCAA A cut time of 1:42.01.
  • Also placed sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:17.05) and fourth in the 400 IM (3:40.64). His time in the finals of the 400 IM lowered his own school record. His prelim time of 4:16.91 in the 500 freestyle was a career best.
  • Part of the 800 freestyle relay team that finished fourth.


  • Won his first solo event in his first meet as a Vol at UNCW; his career-best 1:52.20 proved fast enough to win the 200-yard individual medley (IM).
  • Earned four victories (and a second-place finish) at Queens and UNC, while also posting four new career highs
  • At QU, McHugh took first in the 500-yard Freestyle (4:28.88) and the the 200-yard Butterfly (1:47.97).
  • Won three more events in his first home meet against IU and UK (as well as earning three new career-best times): the 200 Fly (1:46.72), the 400-yard IM (3:52.60) and the 500 Free (4:27.26)
  • Broke all six of his events' previous career-bests at Nike Cup, while earning six NCAA b-cut times
  • Won the 400 IM at the Nike Cup in 3:44.63, breaking the previous UT mark
  • Won the 200 Fly at the Nike Cup in 1:44.61, the third-best time in UT history
  • Finished second in the 500 Free at the Nike Cup in 4:18.68, which is good for 5th all-time in UT history
  • Swam the 200 Back for the first time at Texas A&M and won in 1:46.26
  • While at A&M, McHugh also won the 200 IM for the third time this season in 1:48.33 and the 200 Fly (1:46.30) for the fifth time
  • Won three events at LSU (200 Free, 200 Fly, 400 IM) to increase his road trip win total to six
  • Picked up his seventh win in the 200 Fly at home against Georgia, swimming a career-best 1:44.30
  • Earned a pair of victories at Florida, winning both the 200 Fly (1:45.04) and the 400 IM (3:47.14)


  • Attended Baylor School in Chattanooga and was part of the Baylor Swim Club.
  • No. 1 recruit from Tennessee and has been ranked 16th nationally in the signing class by
  • Member of the the 2013 USA Swimming Junior National Team.
  • At the NCSA Junior National Championships in March, he won the 200 butterfly (1:43.23) and was third in the 200 IM (1:46.64) and second in the 400 IM (3:45.81) and second in the 200 backstroke (1:42.82).
  • He won both the 200 IM and 500 freestyle at the Tennessee State Championships as a senior.


  • Birthday: October 12, 1995
  • Recipient of the Karl Bahret Swimming Endowment Fund
  • McHugh on Why Tennessee: "The training environment at Tennessee is unlike any other and with the coaches and facilities that we have, the sky is the limit."



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