Hugo Gonzalez is On Psych Sheets for Pac-12s (But…)

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Hugo Gonzalez, who had a big freshman year at Auburn last season before a brief pitstop at Virginia Tech, some time at home training in Spain, and eventually winding up at Cal, has landed on the psych sheets for the 2019 Pac-12 Championships. However, that’s not a guarantee that he’ll swim the meet – his eligibility doesn’t yet have to be cleared for him to be entered into the meet, just to compete. Cal has entered swimmers at Pac-12s who didn’t compete in the past: most infamously when they sent Ryan Murphy, Josh Prenot, and Jacob Pebley to the Orlando Pro Swim Series meet in 2016 instead of Pac-12s. Cal still hasn’t provided any clarity on his status.

If he is eligible, the first opportunity to see him race will be on the day 1 800 free relay. Individually, he’s entered in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 back, 200 back, and 200 breast. The 200 IM comes on day 2 of the meet.

Gonzalez would have to swim at this meet, or a Last Chance Qualifier, to be eligible for NCAAs. He was the 2018 SEC Champion in the 400 IM. He was ranked in the top 8 nationally last season in the 200 back, 200 IM, and 400 IM.

There were no real surprises among the entries, with only two swimmers ranked in the top 10 of an event in the conference this season not being on the psych sheets (some athletes are over-entered, and will cut entries later).

One of those two is Stanford freshman Jack Levant. He’s ranked 9th in the 400 IM in the Pac-12 this season, but is the 2nd seed in the 200 free. He’ll swim his 3 best events, the 500 free, 200 free, and 200 fly. With the 200 free just 2 races after the 400 IM, dropping the former was a natural choice.

The other drop is Arizona senior Chatham Dobbs, who ranks 5th in the conference this season in the 100 free (42.88). He’ll swim the 100 fly (4th seed), 100 back (1st seed).

Also worth mentioning: Arizona sophomore Brooks Fail is entered in the meet. Last year, he didn’t swim at Pac-12s for Arizona (his teammates say it was because he was sick), and he wound up swimming an NCAA qualifying time in a time trial at the meet anyway. This year, he’s a multi-second favorite in two events: the 500 free and 1650 free.

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2 Cents
3 years ago

He swims, Cal wins NCAA, Texas fans :BOO he cheated, shouldn’t be eligible, grrr foreign swimmers
He does not swim, Texas wins NCAA, Cal fans: Boo, we would have won with him, should have been eligible, grrr divers.
Either way, Texas or Cal wins, NC State fans: Boo, divers shouldn’t count, Hugo shouldn’t count, we are the best even though we finished 5th!!

Those are my psychic predictions….. The first 2 are for real the 3rd is a shot at State fans, I can admit that and 5th really isn’t bad. I would be happy with that.

JP input is too short
Reply to  2 Cents
3 years ago

Spoiler: Indiana somehow runs away with it 😛

gator
Reply to  2 Cents
3 years ago

Texas wins either way.

Reid
Reply to  2 Cents
3 years ago

Accurate; only thing is Texas can’t claim American-only exceptionalism anymore.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Reid
3 years ago

Who do they have this year that’ll be going to NCAAs that isn’t American?

Reid
Reply to  JP input is too short
3 years ago

None this year since Fungairino didn’t beat his high school 200 free time, but that’s incidental. They have a couple on the roster, plus they just had four years of Joe Schooling and they have Corbeau coming in next year. I have no problem with it (in fact I think it’s overall a good thing), just pointing out that after years of their fans proclaiming them the all American NCAA team and complaining about Auburn they now have foreign swimmers just like everyone else.

2 Cents
Reply to  Reid
3 years ago

To be fair, Schooling was raised in the USA and did his HS time at Bolles…. so he was not exactly an “import”…..

JP input is too short
Reply to  2 Cents
3 years ago

Corbeau appears to live in Oregon and Fungairino swam high school in Florida, too. I know they both represent other countries internationally, but I don’t know their actual citizenship status.

(G)olden Bear
Reply to  Reid
3 years ago

Corbeau born in California and raised in Oregon, competes for Tualatin Hills Swim Club in Beaverton, and represents NED internationally. He is a dual citizen of the USA and NED.

Deerfield
3 years ago

Anyone know what ever happened to Devon Nowicki? He’s no longer on the Oakland roster…

Superfan
Reply to  Deerfield
3 years ago

Probably flunked out if I had to guess. He had a hard time every year to be eligible second semester.

Billy
3 years ago

I always wonder how the foreign swimmers pay to go to our fine universities. For an out of state student, the UC schools cost $60,000+ a year to attend and have only 9.9 full rides a year. Anyone have any good answers?

Ladymanvol
Reply to  Billy
3 years ago

There are a variety of methods which fund foreign swimmers and divers to attend American Universities:
1. The athlete or his/her family pays the bill (RARE)
2. The athlete receives a sizable to full athletic scholarship (Frequent)
3. The athlete is funded by the host country or through funds circuitous for the NCAA to track (Occasional)
4. The athlete gets classified as in-state immediately or after a year of residence and is funded by one of the above methods.
5. While in mens’ swimming the myth exists that fully funded programs have 9.9 full scholarships. Many institutions have academic scholarships, waivers and creative mechanisms in place to up the total from 9.9 to almost double… Read more »

2 Cents
Reply to  Ladymanvol
3 years ago

I think your reason #1 is less rare than you think. In my education experience I have found that many, if not most foreign athletes coming over to the States are VERY well off and come from families that can easily pay full tuition. This is most especially true for those who come from US/English/Swiss boarding schools into the NCAA. I’m not saying 90% does this… but I would say it is more than 30% so not that rare. Reason #2 I would expect to be more true when you look at schools at like Grand Canyon, or Delta State, Missouri St. etc… aka not the typical powers in swimming. Finally, I would also expect that a few come with… Read more »

swimmerTX
Reply to  Billy
3 years ago

How much (in general terms) is one unit of scholarship (1.0) worth when talking the 9.9?

SwimGeek
Reply to  swimmerTX
3 years ago

Not sure I understand your question. Men’s swimming is maxed out at 9.9 full scholarship (let’s just call it 10). You can slice and dice that however you want. One full scholarship is 10% of your your scholarship funds. Or you can give 20 half-rides. Etc.

GoldMedalGal
Reply to  Billy
3 years ago

In Cals circumstance, just get the athletes that had sponsorships.

Captain Ahab
3 years ago

Next episode on “As the Pool Turns”

Horninco
3 years ago

NCAA loves dragging their feet

andy majeske
Reply to  Horninco
3 years ago

Actually, I wonder when Cal found out. I would guess that Durden has been playing his cards very close to the vest on this one until the very last moment….

2 Cents
Reply to  Horninco
3 years ago

Nooooo, and the sky isn’t blue, and bears do NOT go poo poo in the woods…..

A$AP Pocky
3 years ago

Oh my goodness this is going to be an incredible meet

SVIRD
3 years ago

Guess we’ll find out on Wednesday/Thursday? Finally the endless wondering comes to an end.

CT Swim Fan
3 years ago

it seems like he should have to swim in a meet or 2 to be eligible to swim in the conference meet.

Hswimmer
Reply to  CT Swim Fan
3 years ago

Yep

Speed Racer
Reply to  CT Swim Fan
3 years ago

With that logic what happens if a swimmer begins the season with an injury but busts their ass and gets back to form by their conference meet would they not be allowed to participate either? If he can swim let him swim. Not a fan of all the transfers but I feel foreign athletes are sometimes at a disadvantage when it comes to their college selection process. Stateside kids have a hard enough time sticking to schools they have years to scope out.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Speed Racer
3 years ago

That’s why there are last chance meets

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Speed Racer
3 years ago

Simple – you redshirt

Hswimmer
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
3 years ago

Some people want to graduate on time

Mike
Reply to  CT Swim Fan
3 years ago

If he is cleared to compete then he is cleared to compete. What issue is resolved by having swam a meet before this one?

ct swim fan
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

Aren’t there qualifying times in order to be able to be entered.

Mike
Reply to  ct swim fan
3 years ago

Not for conference, just NCAA.

Ehhhh
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

I think some conferences have cuts.

gator
Reply to  Ehhhh
3 years ago

not in the lesser conferences like PAC 12

Ric
Reply to  gator
3 years ago

Haha, Nice Jab!

2 Cents
Reply to  Ehhhh
3 years ago

The “cuts” are making the conference scoring team for your individual school… that’s it. But then you can just do time trials or last chance meets.

JP input is too short
Reply to  CT Swim Fan
3 years ago

My sophomore year, there was a guy for Wayne State named Duarte Morauo, who showed up for their conference meet and then DII Nationals, won a couple events and was their last relay piece they needed to get 2nd team-wise, and then didn’t compete again for the team. Just a little bitter because my team would have gotten second if WSU didn’t have him!

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  JP input is too short
3 years ago

That was the dude who did an open turn on the last turn of the free leg of the 200IM because he was out waayyyyyyyy too fast the first 100!

JP input is too short
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
3 years ago

Yes! Exactly! And got run down by three guys on that last 25. Which I like to think was karma because I got stuck next to him in prelims of the 200 IM and tried to go out not too far behind him 😛

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