Georgia Tech swimmer Moises Loschi has decided to pull out of the men’s 2016 NCAA Championships leaving the Yellow Jackets with just two qualifiers headed into the meet.
Loschi was entered in just three events: the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and 1650 freestyle.
Loschi’s withdrawal means that Ohio State University’s Steffen Hillmer has been invited to the meet to compete for the Buckeyes.
Hillmer is now the fifth swimmer to be invited to the NCAA Championships off the alternate list. He’s also the second swimmer from OSU to be invited off the alternate list after Dustin Tynes was invited a couple weeks ago.
Loschi is in his second season competing with Georgia Tech after coming to the United States from Italy. The six-foot distance freestyler will likely be looking for a spot on the Italian Olympic squad.
In order to do so he’ll need to compete at the Italian Nationals coming up April 19-23 in Riccione. Start lists have not yet been released for the meet with no confirmation that Loschi will be attending.