Texas Scratches Collins and Larson to Finalize 2019 Men’s NCAA Roster

The University of Texas, who had 18 swimmers invited to the 2019 Men’s NCAA Championships, has scratched two athletes to lower its combined swimming and diving NCAA roster size to the allowed 18. The team had four divers qualify for the competition, and is evidently taking three, which counts as two roster spots.

The two scratched swimmers are redshirt junior Jack Collins and sophomore Johnthomas Larson.

Collins (younger brother of Texas assistant Wyatt Collins) was entered in the 1650 as the No. 24 seed (14:51.95), and was the No. 53 seed in the 500 (4:20.02). Larson was the No. 27 seed in the 500 (4:15.62), No. 37 in the 400 IM (3:46.48), and the No. 45 (final) seed in the 200 free (1:46.63).

Earning invites in their stead is Harvard’s Raphael Marcoux – who is entered in the 50 free, 100 fly, and 100 free – and Alabama’s Samuel Disette, entered in the 50 free.

As of now, three swimmers have made it in off the alternates list. Disette’s Alabama teammate Nicholas Perera made it in when Virginia’s Robert Giller scratched last week.

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Harambe
2 years ago

Hard break for these guys, and I’m sure Ed hated making this decision

djmac
2 years ago

Must be an awkward night at the Collins’ house tonight…

PowerPlay
2 years ago

Good to see the Harvard guy get and keep Dean company.

the black line
2 years ago

I thought Texas qualified 4 divers? 3 or 4 doesn’t make a difference for their roster but I want to make sure I wasn’t imagining things

samuel huntington
Reply to  the black line
2 years ago

they did qualify 4 divers. Swimswam had an article about it. https://swimswam.com/texas-minnesota-men-add-divers-on-final-day-of-zone-d-champs/ Junior Reed Merritt is the fourth.

IU Swammer
Reply to  the black line
2 years ago

Their fourth diver is invited, but not reimbursed. I don’t know who would have to pay for him to go, but I’m guessing that’s why he’s being left at home. But even that seems odd since the meet is at Texas.

DMacNCheez
2 years ago

So apparently Jack Collins swam at Indiana for at least his first two years, but I can’t find evidence on SwimSwam of him transferring. Did he transfer and redshirt at Texas last season?

dmswim
Reply to  DMacNCheez
2 years ago
Klorn8d
2 years ago

tough for you to have to be part of the decision to not take your brother. If you do looks like you’re playing favorites if you don’t your brother is pissed. Lose lose

Longhorn
Reply to  Klorn8d
2 years ago

Both Wyatt and Jack Collins are class acts.

Jay ryan
Reply to  Longhorn
2 years ago

And their father John

Longhorn
2 years ago

Both excellent swimmers. Congratulations to them both on great seasons!🤘🏻

person
2 years ago

I believe JT was the final seed in the 200 IM at 1:46, not the 200 free 🙂 Sorry to be that guy!

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