Cal Men Pick Up Two New Qualifiers at Last-Chance Meet (Full Last Chance Reports)

Ohio State Last Chance Meet

  • Indiana’s Nicholas Schwab swam a 4:18.70 in the 500 freestyle in prelims, and though he couldn’t better that in finals, that bumps him to 29th in the country and squarely on the bubble in the 500 free. Pulling out guys who are unlikely to swim the race (Florida’s Sebastien Rousseau is the obvious one) makes his situation look even stronger.
  • Louisville’s Carlyle Blondell only matched his season-best in the 50 free with a 19.88, but in the 100 free prelims he was a 42.79. That moves him up to 13th in the country, which will put him into NCAA’s individually.
  • Notre Dame’s Cameron Miller swam a 1:55.46 in the 200 breaststroke. That ranks him 22nd in the country this year, and will ensure him a spot at the NCAA Championships.

Meet results available here (temporarily).

Georgia Tech Last Chance Meet

  • North Carolina’s Brett Nagle swam a 15:02.26 in the 1650 free. That ranks him 28th in the country this year, which should put him on the right side of the bubble.
  • Cal’s Fabio Gimondi swam a 42.8 in the 100 free, which puts him in the top 20 in the country and will send him to NCAA’s. See why this time didn’t count here.
  • Cal’s Ben Hinshaw was a 1:44.7 in the 200 IM, which will put him at 22nd in the country, and into NCAA’s.
  • Florida State’s Josh Friedel was a 1:42.8 in the 200 back, which moves him from the wrong side of the bubble (31st) to the right side (25th) and into NCAA’s.
  • Georgia Tech’s Eric Chiu has become their only NCAA qualifier with a 46.4 in the 100 fly. That ranks him in the top 20 in the country.

American Short Course Championships (Austin)

  • The Texas men’s 200 free relay swam a 1:18.87, which is a provisional standard after going just 1:21.00 at Big 12’s. Because they have an automatic qualifying time in the 800 free relay, that means that they can enter this 200 free relay as well now.
  • Texas’ Tripp Cooper swam a 46.70 in the 100 fly, which puts him 27th in the country (adding in Chiu’s swim from Atlanta, which is not yet in the database), which should put him into NCAA’s.
  • Texas’ Cole Cragin swam a season-best of 47.04 in the 100 backstroke, which ranks him 35th in the country. There are a few “scratch” candidates ahead of him (Vlad Morozov, for example) but that probably leaves him without an NCAA individual qualification.
  • Texas’ Patrick Murphy swam a 1:41.92 in the 200 back. That puts him 14th in the country, and if his t-28th in the 100 wasn’t good enough, this swim will surely put him in to NCAA’s. Kip Darmody was 1:43.25 in that same race, which was a season-best. His 100 back from Big 12’s should have him comfortably in, though.
  • Andrew Torres from Denver was a 1:44.87 in the 200 fly, which puts him 33rd in the country. That probably leaves him out of NCAA’s, but there is an outside chance. Even two-tenths faster, with a slew of guys at 1:44’s, would’ve made him a lot more comfortable.
  • Texas A&M’s Omar Enriquez swam a 15:03.38 in the 1650 free. That puts him 31st in the country (with Nagle’s swim), which puts him dead-on-top-of the bubble.

Meet results available here (temporarily).

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What’s the cut off number looking like for the guys meet?


Texas also has an aggregate Automatic Qualifying Time in the 400 Medley Relay.


How many do you think they are going to take for the guys meet

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