Florida Last-Chance Meet
- February 24th-26th, 2017
- Last-chance qualifier for NCAA Championships
- O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
- Day 1 results
- Day 2 results
- What qualified last year
Day 2 of the 2017 Florida Last-Chance Meet, one of 9 last chance meets happening around the country this weekend and next, saw swimmers seal up invites in almost every one of the day’s events. Once again, the home team Florida Gators were the biggest beneficiaries of last chance swims, adding several more to their NCAA roster.
While not needing any qualifying times, Florida’s sprint superstar Caeleb Dressel, the fastest man ever over 50 and 100 yards, made an appearance on Saturday, swimming a 1:33.42 in the 200 free. His previous season-best was a 1:34.60 from the Georgia Fall Invite. Jan Switkowski, also already qualified for NCAAs, swam a 1:34.41 – a season-best for him as well.
That swim for Dressel ranks him as the 2nd-fastest Florida Gator this season, behind only freshman Maxime Rooney’s 1:32.18. It also ranks Dressel 7th nationally with ACCs and Pac-12s left to swim.
- Florida’s Savanna Faulconer swam a 4:07.24 in the 400 IM final, which improved her SEC time by 3 seconds – just like she did in the 500 free on Friday. While that 500 probably locked up her NCAA invite, this 400 IM, which ranks her now 19th nationally, for sure sealed her bid. Her teammate Katy Sargent swam a season best of 4:10.78, which ranks her 43rd – probably not enough for an invite, barring a few unforseen scratches.
- Alex Lebed swam a 3:44.15 in the 400 IM, which pushes him up from 22nd to 18th nationally with still the Pac-12 and ACC Championships left to go. That time would’ve been invited last year by a second, and is probably on the right side of the bubble.
- Miami’s Angela Algee swam a 52.01 in the 100 fly final, which jumps her from 45th to 21st nationally. With only last chance meets left, and 39 or 40 swimmers typically getting invites per event, that time makes her safe for an invite.
- Florida’s Kelsey Dambacher was only ranked 121st nationally with her 1:47.11 from the SEC Championships coming into the meet, but jumped all the way to 47th with her prelims 1:45.49 in the 200 free. As a relay event, there’s a few swimmers ahead of her who probably won’t swim this event individually at NCAAs, so that swim has a chance, but is by no-means a lock.
- Florida’s Chandler Bray improved his 52.71 in the 100 breaststroke at SECs to a 52.61 on Saturday morning. That ties him for 15th with Pac 12s and ACCs still left to swim. Bray swam a 52.65 as a high school senior last year in Indiana.
- After failing to improve his season best in a time trial on Friday, Florida’s Bayley Main again stands pat with a 46.73 in the 100 back final on Saturday. The same goes for Jack Blyzinskyj, who swam 46.74.