Texas Scratches Ganiel To Make Room For Third Diver: Stanford’s Ryan Arata Pulled Into The Meet

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.

Updated Psych Sheet

Updated List Of Swimmers Invited By Team

Updated List of Official Alternates


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Am I an idiot, or does the Math not add up here….Texas had 17 invited swimmers + 3 invited divers = 20 athletes, which is 2 above the roster limit of 18. Doesn’t that mean they would have to drop 2 athletes overall? Yet they only had to drop 1? Someone save me here


Could you imagine qualifying for NCAAs and then getting told you don’t get to go?

Happened to three swimmers on the Stanford team my freshman year (including myself). It’s brutal, let me tell you.


Cal is famous for doing this. In 2013 they scratched their fastest miler from the 1650 even though he had the 19th fastest time in the country at the time (and the fastest mile time on the Cal squad) and a B qualifying time in the 500 free so they could take a sprinter (who they had just flown to several other “last chance” meets in other parts of the country) for a relay. Texas has plenty of company. It is “win at all costs” for these college coaches, because at the end of the day, they are the ones who reap the fabulous financial rewards from placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd at NCAAs – all on the backs of… Read more »


Financial rewards for swim coaches? I feel like you’re confusing football and swimming…


almost all the top coaches and staff get bonuses based on their performance at ncaa’s. ….it could be as much as 1/3 of their yearly salary, so yes it is substantial.


Can you give some concrete examples of these financial rewards you speak of? Because I’m pretty sure they don’t exist. Emotional rewards, a bit of glory, bragging rights, job security–Yes. Financial rewards…. No.


Not picking on Teri in anyway, she’s one of my all time favorite coaches, but look at the guidelines of her contract her. Since Cal is a public institution they have to post this. She definitely gets more money based on performance, and it’s hard to think that Eddie’s contract would be any different. While, I don’t think either of them or in fact any coach is “in it for the money” and money is their motive for achieving excellence, there are definitely financial rewards for doing well.


And so what does the money have to do with anything? It behooves her to win NCAAs. And that’s a problem, how?

I hate leaving someone behind with cuts as much as anyone but when it comes time to make that tough call these coaches will 100% do it with their team scoring in mind.


Most public school coaches contracts are a matter of public record. Several I’ve looked at due have “rewards built in to them but compared to football, basketball, etc they are minimal. Here is one example that was easy to find using google.


That’s the price you pay when you go to swim at the #1 or #2 swimming school in the country. If you don’t want to have this problem, don’t go swim there. There are plenty of other schools out there that will take you.

CA Sunshine

Completely agree with CompletelyConquered. While no one has a crystal ball during the recruiting process, if you are a swimming (or diving) recruit at a school where (1) you might honestly assess your potential with that particular team’s roster as being on an NCAA “bubble”, and (2) if going to NCAA’s is extremely important to you, then it seems to me the answer is to pick another collegiate program to swim for. There are plenty of really great teams who don’t send a full contingent to NCAAs each year. If, however, you think you might be on that “bubble” and you want a team championship more (like Texas surely does), then you take your chances that you might get bumped.… Read more »

Joel Lin

It is incredible to be a qualifier and not go to NCAAs

UT in87

Richard Quick cut me from the team my senior year when I was qualified in 2 events. I was seeded in the top 5 in the 200 fly. I had scored 5th, 4th and 9th in the 200 fly in my previous NCAA’s. It would have been the last meet of my career. Richard chose to bring a morning relay person instead of me. Sucks big time to know you can score and not go.

who cares

I’m a big Quick fan, Wareagle and all. But what an A HOLE! Ha

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