Texas Longhorn John Shebat is entered in a tough 100 fly/100 back double according to the pre-cut psych sheets for the 2018 NCAA Championships. He’s entered in the 100 fly, 100 back and 200 back.
Shebat has been a bit of an enigma this season, missing much of the second semester with an undisclosed injury and only earning an NCAA bid at the last minute with one solid swim at Big 12s. He was the NCAA runner-up in both the 100 and 200 backs last year, moving up to 3rd all-time in both events. He’s currently seeded 14th in the 100 and 35th in the 200, though, and will need huge drops to make A finals (or even to score in the 200).
Meanwhile he’ll also potentially add a 100 fly before his 100 back on Friday. Shebat has entered the 100 fly, where he’s 178th on the pre-cut psych sheets (though he should move up significantly once non-invite swimmers are cut). We actually asked Shebat about the 100 fly way back in November, and he did note the 100 fly/100 back double, though he said he enjoyed swimming fly.
He could still scratch the fly. That’s what he did with his third event last year. Shebat entered in the 50 free, but scratched on day 2 a year ago. He’s expected to be a big part of Texas’s relay group after swimming the 200 free relay and both medley relays last year.
Having Shebat healthy and swimming his best is crucial to Texas, which has won the past three NCAA titles but suddenly looks vulnerable with a big hole in breaststroke and Shebat’s status uncertain.