UNC Swimming & Diving Bio
 Tom Luchsinger

Career Best Times:  45.40 in 100-yard freestyle;  1:37.12 in 200-yard freestyle;  4:24.80 in 500-yard freestyle;  49.56 in 100-yard backstroke;  1:47.95 in 200-yard backstroke;  48.37 in 100-yard butterfly;  1:43.15 in 200-yard butterfly;  1:45.77 in 200-yard individual medley;  3:44.81 in 400-yard individual medley.

Long Course Highlights:  Named to the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 U.S. Swimming National Teams, one of the most prestigious honors on the national level...has been chosen to represent the U.S. in the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia...had another tremendous summer 2012 long course season...at the U.S. Olympic Trials, he set a UNC record in 200-meter freestyle semifinals at 1:48.94, breaking a record which had stood for 17 years...finished 14th in the event overall...in the 200-meter butterfly he tied for third in the preliminaries at 1:57.75 and finished 12th in the event in the semifinal round...at the 2012 U.S. Open, he won the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:57.51 and was 12th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.34...turned down a spot on the U.S. Team for the 2011 Pan American Games in order to compete for the Tar Heels during the fall season ...had an incredible meet at the 2011 U.S. Nationals in California...for the third straight year he shattered his own school long course record in the 200-meter butterfly...took nearly three seconds off his own previous best time by going 1:57.01 and finishing fourth in the event...also placed 19th in the 400-meter IM in 4:24.23 (previous career best had been 4:29.51)...broke his own school record in the 200-meter fly at the 2010 U.S. Nationals, clocking a 1:59.81 that earned him a 10th-place finish...had an excellent summer 2009 season, finishing 11th in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. World Championship Trials and setting a new university record in the event with a time of 1:59.93...swam at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in January 2009, placing fourth in the 200-meter fly, 10th in the 100-meter fly and 10th in the 200-meter IM.

2011-12:  Once again achieved at an extraordinarily high level during his junior year...a 2012 All-ACC selection...captured honorable mention All-America honors in three events at the NCAA Championships...placed 10th in the 200 fly (1:43.84) and 14th in the 400 IM (3:46.03)...also swam his career best in the 200 IM at the NCAA meet with a time of 1:45.77....was a member of the UNC 800 free relay team which finished ninth at NCAAs...was a two-event winner at the 2012 ACC Championships....won his second straight title in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:44.53...also captured the ACC crown in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:46.91...took fourth place in the 200 IM (1:47.32)...swam on ACC relays which took third in the 200 medley relay, second in the 800 free relay and fourth in the 400 free relay...his 2011 Nike Cup performance was stellar in every aspect...captured first place in the 200 IM (1:49.20), the 400 IM (3:50.79) and the 200 butterfly (1:45.38) while finishing seventh in the 200 freestyle...swam on winning 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay and second place 200 medley relay at Nike Cup...had a spectacular dual meet season...won three events against Georgia Tech and took two first-place finishes against ECU, Clemson and Duke...also won the 200 fly in the dual meet win over Virginia Tech...won Pier-2-Pier Open Water Swimming Championship with a time of 33 minutes, four seconds over the 1.7-mile course...twice named TarHeelBlue.com Performer of the Week, once after Nike Cup weekend and once after ACC Championships weekend...had his personal best grade point average in spring semester 2012 during his three years at Carolina.

2010-11:  First-team All-America honoree...also tapped for All-ACC Team...named UNC's most improved swimmer for the second straight year...also won the Bruce Webster Memorial Award as Carolina's most dedicated swimmer...won the 200 fly at 2010 Nike Cup with a time of 1:45.10...at the 2011 NCAA Championships, he earned first-team All-America in two events and honorable mention All-America in another two...placed eighth in the 400 IM in 3:47.04 (prelims time was a career best 3:44.81) and was a member of the 800 free relay team that took seventh place...won the consolation heat and took ninth overall in the 200 fly in 1:43.15, a new school record...also swam on the 400 medley relay team which garnered 16th spot...at the 2011 ACC Championships, he won the 200 fly crown in 1:43.81, was third in the 400 IM at 3:49.01 and earned sixth in the 200 IM with a clocking of 1:46.88...swam on 800 free and 400 medley relay units which were conference runners-up.

2009-10:  Earned honorable mention All-America honors as a member of UNC's 14th-place 400 medley relay at NCAAs...placed 17th at NCAAs in the 200 fly...named All-ACC...at the ACC Championships he placed second in the 200 fly (1:44.83), sixth in the 400 IM (3:51.03) and ninth in the 200 IM (1:47.30)...won the 200 fly in the dual meet against Virginia and the 200 IM in the win over Duke...won the Jamerson Memorial Award as the most improved swimmer on the squad.

Prep: Swam eight years for the Three Village Swim Club under coach Barry Roffer and four years for Mt. Sinai High School...high school All-America in the 200 free and 100 fly...won the Scholar-Athlete Award for the Long Island Swimming Officials Association...named Swimmer of the Year and All-Star Long Island Athlete in 2009 by Newsday...also won the NY Swimming Sportsmanship Award...New York state record holder in the 200-yard free and 100-yard fly...won multiple state championships...2009 National Junior Team Member...2008-09 U.S. Swimming Scholastic All-America.

Personal: Full name is Thomas James Luchsinger...the son of John and Elizabeth Luchsinger...stands 6-1...was born February 28, 1991 in Bethpage, N.Y. ...has two brothers...his father was an All-America football and lacrosse player at Long Island University (C.W. Post campus)...his mother, Liz, was a national level YMCA swimmer in Bethpage, N.Y. .... older brother Ryan swam at SUNY Maritime and holds Skyline Conference record in 200 breaststroke...younger brother Sean is a senior in high school and looking to study film...exercise and sports science major... a CREED Mentor in the Carolina Leadership Academy...completed Rising Star training for CLA...represents the swimming and diving team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council...takes part in Habitat for Humanity through Carolina Outreach and the Newman Center...Carolina Dreams participant.

20 Questions With Senior Tom Luchsinger

Section #1: Swimming & Diving

1. The best thing about being a Tar Heel swimmer is the UNC Swimming Alumni who unconditionally support our program.

2. My favorite thing about competing for Coach DeSelm is the level of commitment he brings to the team.

3. Since last year the aspects of my training I've worked on the most are my twalls and my kick outs.

4. My best friend on another college swimming team is Kate Conard at Marist.

5. My greatest strength as a swimmer is my competitive drive: I hate to lose!

Section #2: Hobbies & Interests

1. Away from the pool and academic pursuits I like to spend time at the beach, relaxing with friends or volunteering.

2. The best movie I've seen recently is John Grisham's The Rainmaker.

3. If I could compete in another sport at UNC it would be basketball or soccer.

4. The music act I'd most like to see in person is John Mayer.

5. The personal interest I have that might surprise my teammates is I like things neat and organized.

Section #3: Food & Beverage

1. After a big meet, I'd like to eat at a buffet spread that included any kind of Italian food.

2. My favorite beverage is milk.

3. My favorite food made by a relative is my Mom's chicken Alfredo.

4. My favorite place to eat in Chapel Hill is Noodles & Co.

5. My favorite guilty pleasure food wise is Oreo cookies.

Section #4: Personality

1. If I possessed the gift of time travel I'd like to go back to my childhood.

2. My most prized personal possession is my Grandfather's cross.

3. If I could go to dinner with a famous person it would be Jennifer Aniston.

4. My dream job is something where I can help improve the lives of others.

5. The most interesting person I've met at UNC is Meredith "The Hoove" Hoover.



Position: Butterfly, Individual Medley, Freestyle
Height: 6'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Mt. Sinai, N.Y.
High School: Mt. Sinai
Club: Three Village Swim Club
Club Coach: Barry Roffer
Major: Exercise & Sports Science
Luchsinger Photos:
UNC North Carolina Swimming & Diving


Newsletter Sign-Up