Men’s NCAA Scratches: Louisville’s Elaraby, #8 Seed in 50 Free, Out of the Meet

2022 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

We reported last week that Texas’ Ethan Harder has been dropped from the Longhorns’ NCAA roster, freeing up the team to bring another diver. On the eve of the meet, there are two more scratches to report: Louisville’s Abdelrahman Elaraby and NC State’s Owen Lloyd.

Elaraby was seeded highly in the 50 free, coming in with an 18.83, making him the #8 seed. He was also seeded 34th in the 100 fly and 35th in the 100 free. Also of note, as per the NCAA rules for entry, Elaraby is no longer available to compete on Louisville’s relays now that he’s scratched from the meet. That’s critical because Elaraby was a member of Louisville’s 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays at ACCs. As the fastest 50 freestyler on the team, it’s a significant loss.

Lloyd, on the other hand, wasn’t as highly seeded. He was the 19th seed in the 1650 free and the 34th seed in the 400 IM. SwimSwam reached out to NC State head coach Braden Holloway about the reasoning behind Lloyd’s scratch. His response: “Owen is here in ATL to support his teammates. He will be cheering from the stands in support.”

With the scratches, Florida’s John Vandeusen and West Virginia’s David Dixon have been elevated from alternate status. Vandeusen qualified in the 1650 free and will be racing the 500 free and 400 IM as well. Dixon, a 5th year, qualified in the 200 fly and will be racing the 200 IM and 100 fly as well.

Dixon has now qualified for NCAAs in all 5 of his season with the Mountaineers. Last year, he finished 12th in the 200 fly, so he’s someone to keep an eye on when Saturday rolls around.

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Entgegen
1 month ago

Is it common for alternates to fly to the meet in there are scratches or are they expected to dish out money to fly down the day of to get their events in. Genuine question.

whatsupbro
2 months ago

cam peel in for the 50???

John Hueth
2 months ago

Mental health is very important and it’s not discussed enough. I hope Elaraby knows that we all support him and that we wish him luck in his future endeavors!

Anonymous
2 months ago

NC State had a max roster limit. He was least likely to score that’s the reason.

jvog88
2 months ago

Nice to see David Dixon make it in, at the end of a long collegiate career. Been a fan ever since he almost took down a pudgy Schooling at 2018 Big 12s.

1650 Onetrick
2 months ago

Well there go my pick ems for tomorrow

Jackman
2 months ago

Potentially relevant instagram post from Elaraby? https://www.instagram.com/p/CbbI2-xJhxR/

neptunian merman
Reply to  Jackman
2 months ago

“Project Semicolon was born from a social media movement in 2013. They describe themselves as a ‘movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury.’”

NCAA>ISL
Reply to  Jackman
2 months ago

Maybe he’s just there to support

Swammer
2 months ago

This sinks their chances of winning the 200 medley relay

CanSwim13
Reply to  Swammer
2 months ago

Do you think they move Lowe to freestyle and put Albeiro on fly? Or Albeiro on free and keep Lowe on free ?

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  CanSwim13
2 months ago

Is Albeiro already on 4 other relays?

Formerswimmer
Reply to  CanSwim13
2 months ago

I would do albiero on free and lowe on fly.

Swammer
Reply to  CanSwim13
2 months ago

That’s the only option I can think of, but they’d have to pull Albiero from another relay, probably the 4×50 free

Editor
Reply to  Swammer
2 months ago

Not sure who all they brought as relay-only swimmers, but Eastman could very well anchor the 2MR. Possibly Dubinin. Not sure what happened to Cummings this year.

Swimmer
Reply to  Robert Gibbs
1 month ago

Tanner retired due to mental health reasons about a month ago.