Matt Josa DQ’d After 1:41.50 200 IM At NCAA Prelims

2017 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

A big blow to Cal: Matt Josa was disqualified out of prelims of the 200 IM after going a 1:41.50 that would have qualified him 7th for tonight’s final.

Josa was disqualified for multiple dolphin kicks on his breaststroke leg. He was second in his heat, beating teammate Ryan Murphy and chasing NC State’s Andreas Vazaios.

It’s a double-whammy for Cal in team points – Josa’s likely 11-15 points are vacated, plus Texas’s Jonathan Roberts moved up from 9th to 8th due to Josa’s DQ.

One heat later, an official raised an arm signaling a DQ for defending 200 IM champ Will Licon of Texas, but results were made official with no DQs.

Josa’s time of 1:41.50 would have qualified 6th here and put him 15th all-time in the event. As it stands, Cal still has Murphy and Andrew Seliskar in the A final, with the latter seeded 6th going into tonight’s final and the former 7th.

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gator fan
3 years ago

I guess they don’t have those rules in d2 swim

IPlayAAU
Reply to  gator fan
3 years ago

It is a shame to see a talented athlete make a decision like that. Josa easily could have placed top 8 by his own ability.

James
Reply to  IPlayAAU
3 years ago

It most likely wasn’t intentional

Micah
Reply to  James
3 years ago

You don’t do that in a meet without training that way. Likely intentional.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  IPlayAAU
3 years ago

DQd on 15 meter violation in 100 IM (I think) at SCM Worlds.

Swimnerd
Reply to  Attila the Runt
3 years ago

15 meter and double dolphin are two separate things. Don’t attempt to package them together. The officials are a little DQ happy this morning, wish they would just let the kids swim. and for the record he swam the IM in Windsor prelims semis and finals, no dq. doubt he changed a thing

Cartman
Reply to  Swimnerd
3 years ago

I don’t think the officials were the problem here. It looked like more than just two from my perspective. Both officials caught it.

Micah
Reply to  Swimnerd
3 years ago

If an official observes an infraction, it is the officials responsibility to make the call. This is not basketball where fouls or traveling are often ignored. So, letting the kids swim doing multiple fly kicks is an infraction and not fair to the one swimming legally.

goldmedalgal
Reply to  IPlayAAU
3 years ago

I thought I saw cody miller swimming today

Klorn8d
3 years ago

Still has Murphy and seiskar* and seliskar is 6th, Murphy is 7th

Votehillary
Reply to  Klorn8d
3 years ago

Outside smoke

Ebmarah
Reply to  Votehillary
3 years ago

That’s Jonathan Roberts’ plan

Person
Reply to  Ebmarah
3 years ago

He’s been on fire since Olympic Trials, yet is still pretty underrated. He’s got a great shot at making three A finals this year.

Plainjane
Reply to  Person
3 years ago

The fact that he made an A final in the 200 IM sets him up well for the 400IM and 200 back. He is better in those two events.

Ben
3 years ago

Any idea why Murphy did the 200 IM? I guess all the events are pretty stacked these days but it seems like he might have been able to do better points-wise in some other event

Ex Quaker
Reply to  Ben
3 years ago

He went 1:40.2 last year. What event are you thinking?

dru
Reply to  Ben
3 years ago

he was 3rd last year with 1:40.27.. prenot, who isn’t there this year, came 2nd in 1:40.14

licon won in 1:40.04

Ben
Reply to  dru
3 years ago

Good to know Thanks. Saw 7th and was just curious why not something like the 100 fly, although I suppose he wants to focus solely on the 100 back during that session.

SwimSwammer
Reply to  Ben
3 years ago

This is now the 4th year in a row he’s swam the 200 IM on day 1. And, as DRU mentioned, he has the 2nd fastest best time of anyone in the field and is the 5th fastest performer of all time in the event.

Reply to  Ben
3 years ago

He did do the 100 fly/100 back double at Pac-12s one year, but favored the 200 IM at NCAAs. 100 fly comes before 100 back in the session, so you’re probably right about wanting to focus on 100 back

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