3 Swimmers Likely Book Spots at NCAAs with Best Times at Boiler-Make-It Qualification

2023 Boiler-Make-It Qualification

  • March 4-5, 2023
  • West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Teams Participating: Purdue, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results

Three swimmers threw down big lifetime bests at the Boiler-Make-It Qualification in West Lafayette, Indiana, likely booking their spots at the 2023 NCAA Championships later this month in Minneapolis.

Purdue sophomore Brady Samuels clocked a 41.99 in the 100 free to rank No. 21 in the NCAA this season. Around 28-32 swimmers usually earn invites to men’s events at NCAAs. Samuels became just the second Boilermaker ever under 42 seconds in the event after Nikola Acin’s program-record 41.81 from the 2021 NCAAs. Last year as a freshman, Samuels posted a personal-best 42.19 at NCAAs.

Missouri senior Will Goodwin has dropped nearly a second in the 200 breast after going 1:52.29, which ranks 20th in the NCAA this season. He went 1:54.75 at SECs last month, then 1:53.01 from last month’s Mizzou Qualifier before his new lifetime best last weekend.

Michigan freshman Eitan Ben-Shitrit swam a new best time in the 200 IM with a 1:42.90, improving on his previous-best 1:43.06 in prelims. He is now tied for 25th in the NCAA this season. Before last weekend, his lifetime best was a 1:43.31 from Big Tens last month.

Indiana’s Luke Barr lowered his personal-best 100 breast time to 52.68 during prelims, his first lifetime best in the event since 2020, but he still ranks outside of the top 50 this season in the event.

Purdue freshmen Raymond Whittaker and Andy Kelly also set Boilermaker program records in the 50 breast (25.23) and 50 fly (22.40), respectively.

Other Event Winners

  • Michigan’s Eduardo Moraes went 4:17.91 in the 500 free prelims, slightly off his season-best 4:17.38.
  • Purdue’s Conner McCarthy was the only swimmer in the final with a 20.59, but teammate Andy Kelly went even faster in prelims with a 20.54.
  • Purdue’s Griffin Seaver reached the wall first in the 100 fly with a time of 48.49, shaving nearly a second off his previous best from November.
  • Michigan’s Juan Ceresa won the 200 free in 1:38.08, but he was even faster in prelims with a 1:37.03, which seeded him second behind Purdue’s Ethan Shaw (1:36.64), who didn’t swim the final.
  • Without Barr in the 100 breast final, Purdue’s Coleman Modglin (53.57) edged Michigan’s Jack McCurdy (53.74) for first place by just .17 seconds.
  • Missouri’s Eric Storms couldn’t lower his entry time of 45.94, but he still won the 100 back in 46.15.

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1 year ago

Seems like these last chance qualifier meets are getting out of control! What ever happened to swimming at your conference meet and if you don’t qualify, tough shit!I ready another article that one guy traveled around to several meets and swam the 200 fly 9 times during championship season.

1 year ago

Wow, both distances of breaststroke have come a long way thanks to the long list of great NCAA breaststrokers including Cordes, Fink, Licon, Cody Miller, Finnerty, Marchand leading the charge of their eras

Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

52.68 is outside of the top 50?!? oh my goodness.

Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

51.90 is in a 3 way tie for 28th. I think that’s more mindblowing

Reply to  SwimmerTX
1 year ago

And 19 guys got the A cut. Along with the 200 BR that’s the most of any event and has to be pushing the most all time in an event.

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