Texas Scratches Park and Scheinfeld, Oh and Calvillo Invited to NCAAs

Texas has scratched junior backstroker Jason Park and junior breaststroker Charlie Scheinfeld from their NCAA roster, bringing their athlete number for the meet down to 16. That gives them space for their four divers who qualified at their Zone meet over the weekend, since divers count for half of a roster spot.

Park was seeded 19th in the 200 back (1:41.14) and T-28th in the 100 back (46.32), while Scheinfeld was 31st in the 100 breast (52.35) and 44th in the 200 breast (1:55.97). Texas still has two men seeded to score in both backstrokes, while they have one in scoring position in both breaststrokes. Both Park and Scheinfeld were invited to the 2020 NCAAs, while Scheinfeld swam at 2019 NCAAs and scored in the 100 breast B-final while also swimming breast on both Longhorn medley relays. Sophomore Caspar Corbeau is seeded seventh in the 200 breast and 13th in the 100 breast for Texas.

The scratches came within 24 hours of their divers being invited, so two alternates were called up: Navy’s Micah Oh and Indiana’s Mikey Calvillo. Oh was on the alternate list with a 1:43.54 in the 200 fly, while Calvillo was the second alternate at the time of the scratches with his 15:01.89 in the 1650 free.

Oh is now the 33-seed in the 200 fly, while he is also eligible to swim the 200 IM, where he has a B-cut. He’s seeded 59th there with a 1:45.97. Calvillo, meanwhile, takes the 33-seed in the 1650 free, and he has B-cuts in the 400 IM and 500 free.

This is Oh’s first NCAA invite; he didn’t make Navy’s conference roster as a freshman but has made big strides as an upperclassman. Calvillo scored at 2019 NCAAs with a 10th-place finish in the 1650 free, while he was the 10-seed in the mile at the canceled 2020 NCAAs, so his invite could help Indiana in their team race if he can score again.

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swimmer guy
1 year ago

I thought they weren’t bringing in alternates for those who scratch at ncaa this year?

Admin
Reply to  swimmer guy
1 year ago

There are two exceptions to that:

1) If the scratch happened within 24 hours of initial invite
2) If the scratch resulted from a team qualifying enough divers that they were over the roster limit.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

So if all diving regionals are done, those two alternates are the last ones that could be called up, right?

Admin
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 year ago

As far as publicly available information goes, that’s correct.

Everyone (including all of the D1 coaches I asked) were surprised to learn about the divers loophole, so maybe there’s another secret criteria that we don’t know about.

Jusayin'
1 year ago

Someone please explain how the alternates are picked? Do they go down the list based on tiebreaker points, or is it by event? It doesn’t look like Oh an Cavillo swim the same events as the Texas swimmers being scratched.

Admin
Reply to  Jusayin'
1 year ago

They go by tiebreaker points.

Imagine a scenario where after they hit the total swimmers invited cap, they just kept going. These are the next guy’s on the list, by ratio of seed time to “A” cut.

Swimmers are pulled in “by event” until the post-cut psych sheets are released. Then they’re pulled in by tiebreaker order.

Jusayin'
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Keith – Thanks for explaining…but that’s exactly what’s confusing me. Is it the highest or lowest tie breaker points? The list of alternates and their tie breaker points were published here, and on that list, Oh and Cavillo were near the bottom of the list at cut lines 36 with tie breaker points 0.97, but invited ahead of those further up at cut lines 35 7 36 with tie breaker points at 0.98. So is it only tie breaker point or a combination of tie breaker and event space?

PS: Also, Ghaffari was on the list of alternates, but when the official psych sheet was released he was on there as qualified and not an alternate.

Admin
Reply to  Jusayin'
1 year ago

It’s the closest to the “A” cut. That list was generated based on the pre-cut psych sheets. Texas scratched 8 swimmers between the pre-cut psych sheets and the official invite lists. So many of the swimmers on that list were scratched into the meet by the first 8 Texas scratches. Those scratches moved Oh and Cavillo to the top of the list.

Jusayin'
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

I get the part about Texas having to scratch 8 swimmers and other alternates filling those spots. The problem is the predicted alternate list published on SwimSwam does not align to (or explain how) the official alternate list released by NCAA and how the alternates are ranked. Whether you order swimswam’s list by cut line (as in the article) or by tie breaker points (which indicates closest to A cuts), you do not get the same ranking order as the official list. So is there an additional variable used: preference for upper classmen? Event weights?

Editor
Reply to  Jusayin'
1 year ago

No. It’s like Braden said. But there’s a step you’re missing.

  1. The preselection psych sheet was published. I ran the NCAA’s algorithm for qualifiers off of that psych sheet. That implied qualifiers plus the alternates list was published on SwimSwam. That included all 26 Texas qualifiers as in.
  2. Texas was forced to cut 8 swimmers. This happened before final psych sheet was published. Therefore the swimmers put into the meet were not straight off the alternates list, the swimmers were removed, the algorithm was rerun and the official qualification list was created. This also produced the official alternates list. Because the algo was run with the scratches included this alternates list was different slightly than the one with those
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Tomek
1 year ago

it is tough for Scheinfeld but it makes sense with higher scoring potentials for two divers. Texas can use Jacob Foster as backup on breastroke medley legs if needed. Jacob’s best time in 100 breast SCY I could find was 52.92 from March 2019 and since then he lowered his time in 200 breast. I hope Charlie will come back with strong senior year.

Last edited 1 year ago by Tomek
HJones
Reply to  Tomek
1 year ago

Charlie went a 51.4 back in November 2018, but hasn’t been within a second of that time in nearly two years.

JigglyPuff
Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Your math is wrong.

Daddy
Reply to  JigglyPuff
1 year ago

No it’s not.

JigglyPuff
Reply to  Daddy
1 year ago

52.35 is within 1 second of 51.4.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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