The Mid-American Conference hasn’t submitted their results from the first two nights of their 2015 Championships to be entered into the USA Swimming database as of yet, but they are the only conference to not do so.
Besides any last-chance meets (the American Short Course Championships in Austin, a Meet in Ann Arbor, and a Sunday “hang around day” in Federal Way are the big ones left), the MAC Championships and the Pac-12 Championships will be the two primary data points remaining for determining the 2015 NCAA Championship field.
Full day 2 recap here.
On night 2 of the MAC Championships, Missouri State junior Uvis Kalnis won the 200 IM in a 1:44.03 Meet Record. His teammate, senior Paul Le, took 2nd in 1:44.33.
That swim, with Pac-12 accounted for, puts him 22nd in the country – which in all likelihood is a lock for NCAA qualifying (we’ll call it “unless something historic happens at last chance meets).
Le is the more interesting case. His 1:44.33 would rank him 30th in the NCAA. Last season, all but two swimmers on the 30th-ranked line were invited to NCAA’s, with the expectation being that somewhere between 29-31 will be taken most years.
That puts Le right on the bubble, though if Caeleb Dressel sticks to the 50 free instead of the 200 IM as his day one event (which we find to be very, very likely) at NCAA’s, then that would move Le to 29th on the “selection lists” and in very good shape.
Le’s best event, the 200 backstroke, is yet to come. To really feel comfortable in that race, he’ll need to go better than 1:41.6 – it’s an event that has seen unprecedented depth nation-wide this season, so the qualifying there has gotten steep.
From night 1 of the Pac-12 the following swimmers are also on the bubble:
- Cal’s Will Hamilton (1:44.21 in the 200 IM – 27th)
- Utah’s Nick Soedel (19.50 in the 50 free – t-27th)
- USC’s Dylan Carter (19.52 in the 50 free – t-31st), although he’s most likely qualified based on his other events.