All-American Kyler Van Swol Ruled Out for Minnesota

As alluded to yesterday in our PowerRankings, we’ve received independent confirmation that Minnesota butterflier Kyler van Swol is out for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season for Minnesota, after being ruled academically ineligible.

Van Swol was an All-American in the 200 fly in 2012, placing 12th at NCAA’s in the 200 fly with a 1:44.4. His 100 fly swim in March wasn’t as good, but his 46.95 made him more-than-capable of scoring in that race this year as well. He also anchored Minnesota’s 16th-place 800 free relay with a 1:36, a piece they badly needed to return and improve if they wanted to move up the rankings.

He sits 41st in the country in the 200 fly this year with a 1:47.0, but looked very strong at the Minneapolis Grand Prix. Sandy Whitaker, who has been a 49.97 this season, will take over as the team’s top sprint butterflier, though Lawrence Formosa (50.25) could fight for that spot as well.

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46 to 49/50. is a big drop


This will definitely hinder them at ncaas


well, this probably puts MN out of the top 5 at big10’s


Yes, it seems likely that Iowa and Penn State beat them now, plus the obvious Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio State. Purdue has a good chance as well, maybe even Wisconsin if they are weaker in diving this year? I know Minnesota destroyed Wisconsin in the dual meet, but Wisconsin has the better top end swimmers, which matter more if Michigan, Ohio State, and Indiana are taking the bulk of the finals spots.


I agree with you about Iowa and Penn State. I don’t know enough about Purdue to say where they will fall. Wisconsin will be relying heavily on Freshman to produce at Big10’s, which can either go really well, or really bad. Based on how well they performed as a team last year, I’d say they get close to MN, but fall just short due to MN’s ridiculous depth on the boards.


I think Penn State would’ve beaten them either way


Three quick questions.
1. Will he get to swim for USA in Russia later this year on the world university games team?
2. Does the NCAA declare someone “academically ineligible” or the university? Is this rare in swimming?
3. Is he done at minnesota/ncaa or can he become eligible again?

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