2018 Texas A&M Last Chance Meet
- February 23rd-25th
- Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
- Live results
The last-chance dash for qualifying times for the 2018 NCAA swimming & diving championships have begun with the last-chance meet at Texas A&M University kicking off on Friday.
The first day of the meet produced just 2 times that have a shot at earning an invite to swimming’s version of ‘the big dance,’ and both came in the women’s 500 free.
First, in prelims, Aggie freshman Haley Yelle swam a 4:41.18 in the 500 free, which improved upon her season-best time of 4:42.73 from the SEC Championships. That jumped her from her previous rank at 59th up to 41st in the country, with times from the women’s Pac-12 Championships already included. Traditionally, around 39 swimmers in each event get invited, so on net with any new qualifying times achieved at other last-chance meets, she would need 1 or 2 swimmers ahead of her to choose other events to get a spot in Columbus.
After finals, her road got a little tougher, though. She was jumped by senior teammate Caitlynn Moon, who swam 4:40.57 to bump Yelle down a slot. Moon’s time ranks her 37th in the country, which would probably be invited, as of now. Moon’s previous best time this season was just 4:49.86.
4:41.84 was invited in the women’s 500 free last year, but that cut line appears to be falling this season.
Other Standout Swims, if not qualifiers: