University of Iowa Athletics
Free/Back

Thomas Rathbun

Class Sr.
Hometown Sioux Center, Iowa
High School Holland
Previous School Mich.

Hawk Item — Finished his career with top-10 times in school history in three events…school record holder as part of the 800-free relay (6:24.93)… also had the fourth-best time in the 200 back (1:43.26) and the 10th-fastest in the 500 free (4:22.38).

2017-18 — Posted NCAA “B” qualifying times and career-bests in the 200 free (1:37.55), 500 free (4:22.38), and 200 back (1:43.26) at the Big Ten Championships… placed 13th in the 200 back and 24th in the 500 free… led the team in the 200 free, was second in the 500 free, and third in the 200 back.

2016-17 — Swam to collegiate-bests in 200 free (1:37.59), 500 free (4:26.54), and 200 back (1:43.27)… had an NCAA “B” qualifying time in 200 back… finished 10th in 200 back at the Big Ten Championships… member of the 800-free relay that finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships.

2015-16 — Posted an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:45.95 in 200 back, ranking third on the team… swam season-best time of 47.82 (100 free), 1:38.81 (200 free), 4:29.11 (500 free), and 51.68 (100 back)… member of the winning 200-free relay in season-opening dual at Illinois Chicago (9/26).

2014-15 — Swam an NCAA “B” qualifying time in the 200 back (1:46.16)… posted collegiate-best times in the 50 free (23.51), 200 free (1:38.03), 500 free (4:27.13), 100 back (50.75), and 200 back (1:46.16)… ranks eighth all-time in 200 back… member of team’s second-fastest 400 free relay (3:01.08) and fourth-fastest 800 free relay (6:48.20)… recorded 19 top-5 finishes, including a trio of wins… letterwinner.

High School — Two-time All-America honoree in the 200 and 500 freestyle… won the 200 (1:39.50) and 500 (4:30.95) freestyle at the state meet as a junior… swam on the first-place 200 and 400-freestyle relays… earned all-conference honors and was a member of the Michigan “Dream Team”… competed at the 2013 SCY Junior National meet and the 2014 LCM Junior Nationals, posting all career-best times.

Personal — Born Nov. 18, 1995… son of Van and Terry Rathbun… has six siblings, Julia, Andrew, Sarah, Emma, Joshua, and Gabe… majoring in geoscience.

Rathbun’s Collegiate Bests

Event Time Meet Date
50 Free 21.49 Michigan State 10/5/17
100 Free 47.14 Michigan State 10/6/17
200 Free 1:37.55 at Big Ten Championships 2/23/18
500 Free 4:22.38 at Big Ten Championships 2/22/18
100 Back 50.26 at Minnesota Invitational 12/1/17
200 Back 1:43.26 at Big Ten Championships 2/24/18