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University last chance meet did not swim their times at a bona fide meet, as defined by the NCAA rules book, and has withdrawn the two swimmers from the meet.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:
- Official psych sheets
- Invited swimmers by team
- Teams eligible for relays
- Scoring the psych sheets (still valid)
Updated Alternates List (Next 5 in):
- Brennan Balogh, Florida, 200 back (1:41.19)
- Lionel Khoo, South Carolina, 200 breast (1:54.51)
- Thomas Anderson, Arizona, 100 back (46.16)
- Karl Luht, LSU, 100 back (46.16)
- Kevin Litherland, Georgia, 500 free (4:16.14)