2018 MEN’S PAC-12 SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Arizona freshman Brooks Fail didn’t make the Wildcats’ Pac-12 scoring roster, but in a Saturday-evening time trial, he earned a spot on their NCAA Championship roster anyway. Fail, swimming alone, finished in 4:14.82, which ranks him 16th in the country this season. With 28-or-29 usually invited to the men’s meet in each event, that makes him a near-lock for a national championship invite.
The time would have placed Fail 3rd in the 500 free A-Final. Arizona only had two scorers in the 500 free – Brendan Meyer in 8th (4:18.70) and Chris Wieser in 15th (4:23.89).
Arizona finished 4 points behind in-state rivals Arizona State for 4th place in the conference.
Men’s NCAA Championship entries are due on Monday, with final lists coming out on Wednesday (though we’ll have the math broken down on Tuesday, or whenever the pre-selection psych sheets come out). While 28-or-29 usually qualify for the meet, we saw the women’s cut-line come in well-short of where it usually falls, so don’t be surprised if the men’s lists do the same.
Other Noteworthy Time Trial Results:
- Stanford sophomore Benjamin Ho swam a 1:41.13 in a 200 back time trial, which ties him for 25th in the nation – which typically earns an invite. He won the B-Final in the meet in 1:42.69, so his time trial swim jumped him by nearly 40 spots in the national rankings.
- Cal sophomore Carson Sand swam a 52.33 in the 100 breaststroke, which ranks him as the 17th-best in that event in the country. He’s now Cal’s 2nd-best sprint breaststroker this season, 4-tenths behind Connor Hoppe. Breaststroke looked like Cal’s weakest stroke coming into the season, but they’ve now got multi-scorer potential in both distances. Sand, like Ho, won the B-Final of the 100 breaststroke, but his time was only 53.09.
- The Cal breaststroke rise includes Matt Whittle, who swam 1:54.03 in a 200 breaststroke time trial. That ranks him 21st in the country in the event. He finished 5th in the A-Final, with a 1:55.39 (after a 1:54.94 in prelims). He would not have qualified without the time trial, and is now a sure-bet.
- A handful of other swims were put in during the week’s time trials sessions that will be close to qualifying, but are unlikely to earn invites: