3 Projected Scorers Among Texas NCAA Scratches: Heasley, Harder, Crane

2021 NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • When: Wednesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10 AM/ Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Defending champion: Cal (1x) – 2019 results
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  • Live Results

With 26 men in line to qualify for the NCAA Championships and an 18-person roster cap, the Texas men had to cut three swimmers who were seeded to score – with more cuts still to come.

Ethan Heasley was seeded 15th in the mile and 16th in the 400 IM. Ethan Harder was seeded 15th in the 200 fly, and Cole Crane was seeded 16th in that event. All three were scratched as Texas cut down to 18 men.

Interestingly, there are four swimmers not seeded to score who were not yet scratched. Junior Jason Park‘s top seed is 19th in the 200 back, freshman Coby Carrozza has twin 21st seeds in the 500 free and 200 free, senior JohnThomas Larson is seeded 21st in the 1650 free, and junior Charlie Scheinfeld is just 31st in the 100 breast.

It’s possible some or all the four haven’t fully tapered yet. But there are a few other reasons why Texas may have chosen the way they did. The major one is relay impact. Carrozza is the team’s #5-ranked 200 freestyler this year, and could wind up on the 800 free relay. Without Scheinfeld, the team would have just a single breaststroker at NCAAs – Caspar Corbeau. In the COVID-19 landscape, there’s plenty of value in having insurance relay pieces, just in case a swimmer can’t compete for any reason on the day of a relay.

Current 18-Person Texas NCAA Roster

NAME EVENT 1 SEED EVENT 2 SEED
EVENT 3 SEED
1 Foster, Carson 1 4 7
2 Krueger, Daniel 1 10 32
3 Kibler, Drew 2 3 6
4 Pomajevich, Sam 3 18 N/A
5 Jiang, Alvin 5 7 11
6 Foster, Jake 5 10 45
7 Corbeau, Caspar 7 13 44
8 Johnston, David 7 20 22
9 Staka, Chris 8 15 25
10 Zettle, Alex 12 23 64
11 Vines, Braden 12 14 24
12 Larson, Peter 14 20 27
13 Katz, Austin 14 34 N/A
14 Sannem, Jake 15 69 84
15 Park, Jason 19 29 N/A
16 Carrozza, Coby 21 21 34
17 Larson, Johnthomas 21 26 30
18 Scheinfeld, Charlie 31 65 N/A

Divers also count against the 18-man cap, but each diver counts as half a roster spot, because they aren’t eligible to swim relays. Texas will bring at least two divers – Jordan Windle is a multi-event NCAA title contender and may outscore most of the swimmers individually. Meanwhile Noah Duperre is an elite dive recruit in his freshman year, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Texas bring up to two more divers out of Andrew Harness, Brendan McCourt, and Andrew Gawin-Parigini.

That could leave JohnThomas Larson and/or Jason Park on the bubble, based on the relay value of Carrozza and Scheinfeld. Texas will officially qualify its divers later this week at the Zone D meet, and we’ll get their final NCAA roster after that.

First Round Cuts

Here are the eight swimmers scratched from the official psych sheets, along with their seeds:

NAME EVENT 1 SEED EVENT 2 SEED
EVENT 3 SEED
19 Heasley, Ethan 15 16 30
20 Harder, Ethan 15 31 42
21 Crane, Cole 16 32 N/A
22 Koustik, Andrew 19 52 N/A
23 Van Zandt, Zac 23 40 N/A
24 Neri, Parker 26 33 N/A
25 Bowman, Luke 27 58 N/A
26 Tannenberger, Matthew 32 48 N/A

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Back2Back
1 year ago

OK, if Texas’ “qualified but scratched team” were to compete as a separate squad at NCAA’s (without divers mind you), where would that ‘team’ of 10 swimmers place on the basis of the psych sheet? Just curious…

Admin
Reply to  Back2Back
1 year ago

Back of the napkin math? Looks like 6 individual points. So, tied with Wisconsin for 27th.

If someone else wants to calculate out the relays, go for it – though I don’t think it’d be many points.

Back2Back
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Nice work Braden! I figure with addition of just one of their 4 divers – that ‘left behind swim team’ may break top 20…

wethorn
1 year ago

Men’s 3M final
1. Jordan Windle
3. Noah Duperre
4. Andrew Harness
10. Brendan McCourt
16 Andrew Gawin Parigini

Pretty sure 1-3-4 qualify for NCs.

https://secure.meetcontrol.com/divemeets/system/livestats.php?event=stats-6882-7200-9-Finished

TXSwimMom
1 year ago

@Jared – Since alternates can only be called up within the first 24 hours this year and Texas has only dropped 8 so far, does that mean a couple of alternates missed out on NCAAs?

Admin
Reply to  TXSwimMom
1 year ago

Well, it’s not clear how strictly that rule is being enforced. Perhaps they’re defining the end of zone diving as the official invite period, because they’ve just released an update to the women’s list well after the 24 hours.

TXSwimMom
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Thanks, Braden. Given what happened with Psyshenko & Michigan, is it likely that the 2 additional alternates will not be called up on the men’s side? Would be unfortunate for those 2 alternates….

Swim mama 5227
1 year ago

Wow it’s a bummer to be left home but buyer beware. Some kids just wanna swim for Eddie no matter. My kid got the sage recruiting advice from his coach that these big successful programs have to leave scorers home every year….Do you wanna big fish or small pond it? There are pros and cons each way. Don’t feel too bad, the kids being left at home knew this risk and still chose Texas. Hook em

ISpeakTheTruth
1 year ago

Crazy talent on this team. You could take the guys they had to cut, make a team out of them, and probably finish in the top 20 teams at NCAA’s.

BigCarotTop
1 year ago

lets get the transfer portal cranked up

NM Coach
Reply to  BigCarotTop
1 year ago

You never really see many transfers AWAY from Texas even if they are left at home.

Last edited 1 year ago by NM Coach
CCASwimmer
1 year ago

Does anyone know where Dean Farris is? He has swum in the PSS meets, but he did not swim for Harvard this season. Is he done with SCY?

Canswim13
Reply to  CCASwimmer
1 year ago

No Ivy League this year

Swimmer
Reply to  CCASwimmer
1 year ago

The Texas and Cal Men reign. Having decimated the peaceful Republic, Supreme Leaders Reese and Durden now deploy their merciless swimmers to seize military control of the galaxy.

Only Casas, Smith, and their band of resistance fighters stand against the rising tyranny, certain that Jedi Master Dean Farris will return and restore a spark of hope to the fight

But the Resistance has been exposed. As the Texas And Cal men speed toward the NCAA crown, the brave heroes mount a desperate escape….

Swammer
1 year ago

My guess its Larson and park that will be scratched. I also think scheinfield should be scratched in favor of heasley.

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