East Carolina Swimmers Out, Grand Canyon Swimmers In for Men’s NCAAs

The NCAA has agreed that the East Carolina swimmers who earned NCAA Championship invite times at the Liberty University last chance meet did not swim their times at a bona fide meet, as defined by the NCAA rules book, and has withdrawn the two swimmers from the meet. This means that East Carolina sophomore Gustavo Santos and freshman Jacek Arentewicz are both out of the 2018 meet that will begin next Wednesday.

Rather than re-running the invites from scratch, the NCAA will instead just reach into the alternates list and call up the first two names: Daniil Antipov and Youssef El Kamash from Grand Canyon University. Both swimmers were already entered to the meet as part of Grand Canyon’s relay efforts. Had the selections been re-run without the East Carolina swimmers, Antipov still would have been invited as the next swimmer from the 29 line, while South Carolina’s Lionel Khoo would’ve replaced Jacek Arentewicz in the 200 breaststroke.

Grand Canyon will now have 3 individual swimmers, with Mark Nikolaev being the other as the 2nd seed in the 100 back, in their first year eligible for the NCAA Division I Championships after transitioning from Division II.

The NCAA still hasn’t responded to our request for more information on the breakdown in the entries process.

The updated lists are below:


Updated Alternates List (Next 5 in):

  1. Brennan Balogh, Florida, 200 back (1:41.19)
  2. Lionel Khoo, South Carolina, 200 breast (1:54.51)
  3. Thomas Anderson, Arizona, 100 back (46.16)
  4. Karl Luht, LSU, 100 back (46.16)
  5. Kevin Litherland, Georgia, 500 free (4:16.14)

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Unfair Rules

So stupid ugh!


Beyond stupid. The NCAA has really outlived it usefulness and relevance. Hey, maybe the NCAA can take the lead from USA Swimming and sell alcohol at the swim meets?


At this rate:
Dear 2,703rd Alternate (sitting at home on spring break eating pop-tarts),
Congratulations! You have now been invited to compete in the 200 fly at NCAA’s next week. We realize that you haven’t trained for 3 weeks now, but s’all good. Go get ’em!
P.S. All hotels and flights are booked.


Nice. The NCAA is as corrupt as USA Swimming and FINA.


Wow, that’s really really low. But they probably get under the bar don’t they?

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Nothing stupid about this. The East Carolina coaches are to blame. Before you go to a meet, you need to make sure the times will be official. It only takes two teams, it is not complicated. They could have went to any of the other dozen or so Last Chance meets. I don’t think any other last chance meets would have closed them out. I am glad the NCAA stuck to the rules. Rules are in place for a reason.


The rule is in place for what reason?


If the officials did happen to “miss” an infraction that happened who would have cared. It seems they feel when more than one team is involved you are more likely to have a “bona fide” meet. I can imagine the types of things that would go on letting teams have private meets. I know there was also a girls meet going on at some point. Edit: Joseph Schooling would hold every record imaginable just based on their practices, much less a 1 team meet.


As long as a meet has the required amount of officials I really don’t see a problem. How often do coaches argue about infractions done by kids from other teams?

If this is going to be a rule then cuts achieved in time trials should also not be allowed


The time to argue the rules is before you participate.


I agree that there is a rule in place and East Carolina should know the rules, I’m making a point that the rule is pointless


To make qualifying more legitimate and bona fide. I know of a 74′ course being used to qualify swimmers by a hall of fame coach 30+ years ago and stopwatch times instead of the automatic timing system 15+ years ago. Both of these situations were with only one team present. I believe that is the rationale behind the two team requirement. Remember, the rules committee made this recommendation and it was voted on by the membership and then forwarded to the NCAA for approval. The rules committee = coaches and a few administrators and the membership = coaches. In the future, I’m confident that Coach Jabs (and hopefully all coaches) will inquire as to how many teams will be present… Read more »


Well like I said, there needs to have to be the required amount of officials to make it an official meet. If the rule is there because of coaches fudging times 30 years ago then this is an outdated rule that really isn’t necessary at this level.


They would not have known until getting to the meet that no other men’s teams would be there. It was not closed to men, just so happen no other men showed up. Last chance meets should be the exception to the this rule.


The first words out of the coaches mouth when they got there should have been: “Sorry boys these times aren’t going to count.” If they had no information before hand of who may be going to the meet.

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