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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CT Swim Fan

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

Hswimmer

Yep

Speed Racer

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

That’s why there are last chance meets

Samuel Huntington

Simple – you redshirt

Hswimmer

Some people want to graduate on time

Mike

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

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

Mike

Not for conference, just NCAA.

Ehhhh

I think some conferences have cuts.

gator

not in the lesser conferences like PAC 12

Ric

Haha, Nice Jab!

2 Cents

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

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

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

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 😛

SVIRD

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

A$AP Pocky

Oh my goodness this is going to be an incredible meet

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