Cards faced powers Texas, Indiana and Michigan
Cards swim with elite field with Michigan, Indiana and Texas
Cards win opener
Cards set a record in classsroom achievement
Qualifies for European Championships in August
Junior: Thomas was a part of four winning relays at the American Conference Championships, which were the 200-, 400-, and 800-freestyle relays, along with the 400-medley relay. He was also victorious in the 100-breaststroke event, and was the runner up in the 200-breaststroke. These accomplishments put him on the All-American Conference team. Thomas qualified to swim the 100- and 200-breaststroke events at the NCAA Championships. He has the 14th-fastest time in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 52.74, and the 18th-fastest time in the 200-breaststroke going 1:54.74. He won the B-final with a time of 52.56 in the 200 free while finishing fifth in the consolation bracket of the 200 breast. Thomas also added a 36th place finish in the 50 free. As a member of the 400 medley relay squad, Thomas helped the squad land a B-final win. Thomas was also a member of the 800-free relay squad that posted a 10th place finish in consolations.
Red Shirt: Thomas Dahlia red shirted this past year but competed in the French Nationals, and the Charlotte UltraSwim. At French Nationals Dahlia was selected to represent France in Russia at the World University Games in July. Dahlia had breakthrough swims in the 100-breaststroke in a time of 1:02.25 for 2nd, and the 200-breaststroke for 3rd in 2:14.40. At the Charlotte UltraSwim Dahlia swam the 50-breaststroke in a prelim time of 29.55. Dahlia swam the 100-breaststroke for 12th just off his 1:03.93 prelim swim. His best finish at the UltraSwim was 5th in the 200-breaststroke in 2:16.30 where he was the fastest Cardinal in the event.
Prep: Thomas comes to U of L from Noumea, New Caledonia where swam last for Skema. In the French Championships, Thomas placed 3rd in 100-breast and 2nd in 200-breast. He qualified for the French Olympic trials and medaled at the 2012 Oceania Swimming Championships as well as the 2011 Pacific Games. His best times in the short course are (59:90) in 100-breast and (2:09:95) in 200-breast. In the long course his best times are (1:02:24) in 100-breast and (2:13:83) in 200-breast. He attended Lycee Les Feuillants and swam for CNC, ONN and CN Antibes for club.
Personal: Son of Jean-Paul and Maryvonne Dahlia. Born March 7, 1990. Major is Communication.