Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Austen Thompson
Austen Thompson


Chandler, Ariz.

High School:
Brophy College Preparatory

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 207

I.M. / Breast



Burckle Third Wildcat to Qualify for Olympics

Arizona swimmer Clark Burckle became the third Ford/Zona athlete to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games Friday night at the Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb.


Arizona Adds Anderson to Olympic Team

Arizona swimming had another exciting night at the Olympic trials as the Ford/Zona teams added Alyssa Anderson to an Olympic relay team


Arizona Swimmers Prove Hype on Day One of Trials


Thompson Named Second Team All-America


State Farm Good Neighbor Awards Presented

In a ceremony in the Hall of Champions on Wednesday, State Farm recognized 18 University of Arizona student-athletes as part of the State Farm Territorial Cup Series Good Neighbor Team.

Finished 10th in the 200m IM semifinals at the 2012 Olympic Trials...Has earned four All-American honors during his career at Arizona, all coming individually...Studying Molecular and Cell Biology, Thompson has been named to the Pac-10/12 All-Academic team three times.

2011-12: Won a national title in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships...Earned two additional All-American honors with his fifth-place finish in the 200 IM and 12th-place finish in the 200 breast...Received Pac-12 All-Academic first team honors...Shattered his personal best times and posted NCAA "A" cuts in the 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM at the Texas Invite.

2010-11: Standout junior season for the Wildcats capped off by an excellent NCAA Championship meet in Minneapolis, Minn....Became a First Team All-American for the first time in both the 200 and 400 individual medleys...Placed fourth overall in the 400 I.M. with a time of 3:43.59 after setting a new personal best of 3:42.37 in prelims...Was eighth nationally in the 200 I.M. in 1:44.49 to earn his second top-eight All-America honor...Scored in his `third' event individually, earning honorable mention All-American kudos with a 12th place finish in the 200 breaststroke.

2009-10: Won the 400 I.M. consolation heat at 2010 NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio with a time of 3:42.37...Thompson's 3:42.37 was UA's third fastest of the season...Also had a team top-five time in the 200 I.M. at 1:46.30.

2008-09: Qualified for NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas in his first season at Arizona...Had fifth fastest 200 backstroke time for Arizona with a 1:45.35...Recorded a 1:45.99 in the 200 I.M. at NCAA's...Went 3:46.43 at the Texas Invitational in the 400 I.M.

High School: Was a six-time All-American swimming for Brophy College Prep HS...Class 5A All-Tribune First Team Swimmer as junior and senior...Won both the 200 I.M. and 500 free at 5A-I meet his senior season...Named to Arizona Republic's All-Arizona team setting a new state record in the 500 free.

Personal: Son of Phillip and Karen Thompson...has one brother and three sisters.

Major: Molecular Cellular Biology and Physiology

Career Ambition: Medicine

Spends free time: Watching TV

Why Arizona: I believe that the immense sense of community and team unity is overwhelming and makes me feel like I'm at home. I know that there is often dissention between teammates, but this isn't the case at Arizona. I was impressed with the excellence of athletics as well as academics.

National Teams: 2007 NCSA National All-Star Team

Personal Bests:
50 Free: 20.10

100 Free: 44.38

100 Breast: 59.78

200 IM: 1:43.16
400 IM: 3:39.15
200 Breast: 1:53.50

2012 Olympic Trials

400m IM Preliminaries: 19th - 4:23.98

200m Breast Preliminaries: 33rd - 2:16.50

200m IM Semifinals: 10th - 2:01.65