According to the the Texas Longhorns updated men’s swimming and diving roster, NCAA-qualifier Imri Ganiel is indeed back on the team. He took the 2015-2016 season to train in his native country of Israel and complete some of his compulsory military service. Ganiel represented Israel in the 2012 London Games, but did not end up swimming in Rio.
Ganiel gives Texas some breaststroke depth that was relatively lacking last year, although that didn’t stop the Longhorns from steamrolling their way to a NCAA championship. While senior Will Licon won the 200 breast for the second consecutive year, the Longhorns didn’t have another swimmer entered in either breaststroke event. Ganiel qualified for the NCAA championships in both years he’s competed for the Longhorns so far. In 2014, he finished 24th in the 200 breast and 32nd in the 100 breast, and also swam on the Longhorns 3rd-place 400 medley relay team. In 2015, he was actually left off the championship roster despite qualifying, as Texas had more qualifiers than they could take.
Ganiel is listed on the roster as a junior, although it is not clear how many more years of NCAA eligibility he will have. His roster profile lists his freshman year as 2012-2013, despite him not competing that year, and the 2013-2014 campaign as his “redshirt freshman” year.
The Longhorns’ roster update also reveals nine new freshmen who will be swimming under coach Eddie Reese this year, along with one new diver. We already knew about several of them from announcing their commitments, but we never saw a press release from Texas naming all their incoming freshmen.
Finally, Sam Stewart does appear on the roster, confirming that he has transferred from Auburn. He’ll be competing for the Longhorns as a sophomore this year, after swimming the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 back at last year’s NCAA championships.