Continuing to challenge himself the same way he did at Suffield from 2014-2017, Cameron Auchinachie ’17 has reached the top tier of college swimming, achieving something no Suffield Tiger graduate has achieved in the program’s history—a Division I national title. The accomplishment was dramatically claimed in the final event at the NCAA championships when Cam and three University of Texas teammates won the 400-yard freestyle relay. It was a fitting end to a storybook collegiate career, much as his final swims at Suffield earned him and his teammates many accolades.
Auchinachie’s UT squad claimed second place honors to rival University of California, Berkeley in the team race. The two teams have traded national titles over the last decade. During the season Cam also set a UT record in the 50-yard backstroke, besting times by recent UT Olympians, had the fastest 50 free relay split of any swimmer in the meet at the 2022 NCAAs, and contributed many points across backstroke, relay, and freestyle events to UT’s runner-up showing. According to UT’s legendary head coach Eddie Reese, “Cam was an easy swimmer to coach. He worked hard every day. I wish we had more time with him.”
All of this collegiate success was no surprise to Auchinachie’s coach at Suffield, Andy Lowe, who said, “He had a great ability to learn, showed incredible talent right from day one, and was humble across this eight-year, meteoric rise to the top among America’s sprinting elite. Cam was a joy to coach and is a fine, endearing young man.”
When reflecting over his last eight years of swimming, culminating with his final year at the most storied collegiate program in the country, Cam stated, “Swimming taught me invaluable skills—passion, valuing relationships, embracing challenges, and being humble are a few that come to mind. Each year I worked on improving on these skills and became more successful in my endeavors in and out of the pool. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the continuous support from my coaches, teammates, friends, and family. Go Tigers, and HOOKEM!”
Cam and his University of Texas relay teammates on podium for 1st place 400 free relay at the 2022 NCAA’ s in Greensboro, North Carolina (March 2022)
Cam with Suffield Academy Head Swim Coach Andy Lowe at the 2019 Division I NCAA's in Austin, Texas