Sam Pomajevich Qualifies For NCAAs in 200 Fly at ASCC Day 2

2019 AMERICAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • March 7th-8th
  • Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX
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Texas sophomore Sam Pomajevich, swimming his 5th 200 fly in 6 days, finally hit a time that will guarantee him an invitation to the Division I men’s NCAA Champs in 2.5 weeks. To briefly walk thorugh Pomajevich’s journey to nail down that qualification, he first swam a 1:42.33 in December, which turned out as we moved nearer to the NCAAs to likely not be fast enough to make the cut. At Big 12s last week, Pomajevich swam a 1:46 and 1:45 in the 200 fly. He then came to ASCCs these past two days, and on day 1 he swam a 1:43.6 and 1:42.8. Tonight, he opted to time trial the 200 fly again, in what truly was his last chance, where he went 1:41.84. That time puts Pomajevich in the top 20 in the NCAA this year, safely out danger of not making the cut.

Andrew Koustik, another Longhorn, also somewhat likely got himself to the NCAAs in the 200 fly tonight, also time trialing it. Koustik swam a 1:42.15, landing him in a tie for 26th curently. With just Pac-12 left to swim the 200 fly tomorrow, and a couple swimmers potentially opting out of the event for NCAAs, Koustik now stands a decent chance of earning an invite of his own.

Those were the only likely qualifiers from tonight’s results. Here are some other qucik highlights from the day:

  • Texas post-grad Clark Smith swam a 4:15.89 in prelims of the 500 this morning, then opted not to swim in finals.
  • Benjamin Walker and Shaine Casas time trialed the 400 IM, each swimming season bests. Walker swam a 3:42.29, while Casas swam a 3:42.31. Both swimmers were already safely qualified for NCAAs.

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Drama King
3 years ago

Intersting to see his free times. He was 4.12 in 5free , 1.33 in 2 free.

FormerLonghorn
3 years ago

With the Time Trial times from Pomajevich, Koustick, & Artmann, my calcuIations show that Texas has 20 swimmers ranked 29th or better. assuming Texas takes four divers to NCAAs that leaves only 16 available spots for swimmers.
Does anyone know in the past 20 years, how many times has a team had to leave home swimmers due to the 18 man cap? Has any team ever had to leave home 4 or more qualifiers?

Zeke4Heisman
Reply to  FormerLonghorn
3 years ago

CAL I believe has done it in the past couple years and Texas may have a few years ago.

Speed Racer
Reply to  FormerLonghorn
3 years ago

Aren’t the divers .5. So you can take 4divers and it only equates to 2spots?

Admin
Reply to  Speed Racer
3 years ago

That’s correct.

FormerLonghorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

My calculations show Texas as having 20 swimmers and 4 divers qualified (I’m assuming top 29 make it with Seliskar scratched from the 200 Fly) . If Texas takes 4 divers then they must leave home 4 swimmers. That’s going to be a tough decision for Coach Reese to make. Has there ever been a team that had 4 qualifiers not make the NCAA squad due to the 18 man rule?

Admin
Reply to  FormerLonghorn
3 years ago

Not in recent memory. But, historic records for that kind of thing before SwimSwam came around are really shoddy, so it would be hard to say with any certainty. My guess is not – the new diving qualifying system that has only been around a few years, and the new swimming qualifying system, has drastically altered the qualifying landscape.

CT Swim Fan
3 years ago

I’m sure this will be an unpopular opinion, but I am against these last chance meets. To me, the conference meet is the last chance. If you don’t perform, that’s it. You have had all year to get your times. These last chance meets seem like a way for coaches to hedge their bets on some kids. How little rest can they get away with and still get a time that will probably make it. It smacks of desperation. No chance for another meet so let’s time trial over and over or go to a meet made for those that did not perform when they were supposed to, to see if we can get a favorable result. The favorable results… Read more »

Back2Back
Reply to  CT Swim Fan
3 years ago

On the other hand, tapering being the complete science that it is… I would not be in favor of last chance qualifying. Stomach virus around conference meet, water in the goggles, argument with that ‘special person can all lead to having an off meet especially for freshmen whose taper precision is highly variable. and… just who WANTS to swim 5 200’s to qualify if they don’at have to. Demonstrates a certain degree of mental toughness – let’s see how he does at NCAA’s eh?

Austinpoolboy
3 years ago

Is Josh Artmann in 1:41.0. 200 back?Must be close? Have to wait for Pac 12’s?

Admin
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 years ago

Still has to wait for Pac-12s. 24 guys have already gone under 1:41.0.

Swammer
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

How many people make it for the 200 back Braden? 27 or 28?

Austinpoolboy
3 years ago

Sam was a NCAA scorer last year. Need him again this year, Cal looking extremely tough and deep

Taa
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
3 years ago

These last chance guys score points? Seems like a long shot at this time. Most 500 swimmers who qualify at conference really have trouble holding the same time a couple weeks later.

Horninco
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Could, depends on if he has any taper left, if he can retaper that quick and how others do. 1:41.00 a finaled last year

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

He finaled at NCAAs last year. So, yes, he can score points at NCAAs because he’s probably not rested all the way.

Drama King
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Lol. Pretty sure he wasn’t tapered for this last chance meet. He was swimming through the conference meet. And he is a big taper swimmer, hence couldn’t drop big times at conference. With some rest, he did this and when comes to ncaas, he will drop even big times.

Anonymous
3 years ago

PVS roots.

Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

That’s one way to get an article written about you.

Agon
3 years ago

That 3:42.29 is a TAMU school record for Walker, after winning SEC’s two weeks ago in the 200 Breast!

The Ready Room
Reply to  Agon
3 years ago

Man’s on fire!!