The most recent update to the men’s NCAA championship psych sheet revealed that the Texas Longhorns have decided to scratch sophomore breaststroker, Imri Ganiel, to make room for their three qualified divers.
The Longhorns received the most invites of any male team for the 2015 NCAA Championships with 17 swimmers. At the zone championships, Cory Bowersox, Will Chandler, and Mark Anderson also qualified to dive in Iowa. With the NCAA roster limit set at 18, they either had to drop a swimmer or leave one of their divers behind. They will need all three divers to stay competitive with USC, who is the favorite to win the meet before diving, and then qualified 4 male divers for the meet. Ganiel was invited to the meet for his 26th seeded 52.88 100 breaststroke. He was also entered in the 200 breaststroke with a B cut time of 1:57.45.
With Ganiel out of the meet, two breaststrokers remain on the team for Texas. Freshman Austin Temple is seeded 20th in the 100 breaststroke with his time of 52.71, and they also have Will Licon. Licon had one of the best NCAA meets out of everyone competing last year, and he has developed into one of the stars for Texas over the last two years. He is not entered in the 100 breaststroke, but he could be a weapon for the Longhorns on the relays. At the Big 12 Championships, he split a 51.5 from a relay start.
With Ganiel’s scratch, Stanford Ryan Arata has been invited to the meet. He was the first alternate with his time of 1:42.02 in the 200 backstroke. He will also be able to swim the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly with B cut times in both events. He is the 13th swimmer invited for Stanford. In addition to their 13 swimmers, they will also have Kristian Ipsen and Bradley Chirstensen diving for them.
Louisville’s Aaron Young is now the first alternate for the meet.