Three-Time Defending NCAA Champs Texas Miss 400 Medley Relay A Final


Winners of the last three NCAA titles and NCAA record-holders in the 400 medley relay, the Texas Longhorns have missed the A final with a 9th-place finish at prelims of the 2018 NCAA meet.

Texas added two tenths to its seed time, fading to 3:04.56 and missing the top heat by half a second. That came after a predicted weakness in breaststroke and a surprise weakness in backstroke. John Shebat was the second-best backstroker in the nation last year and the third-fastest in history at 44.35. But he missed much of this year with an injury and only qualified for NCAAs late with a 45.76 in a time trial at Big 12s. He struggled to a 45.60 this morning, leaving Texas in a hole, which was compounded by the breaststroke spot.

Having graduated all-star breaststroker Will Licon, Texas had used Austin Temple at Big 12s to get a 52.55 split, and had Casey Melzer split 52.81 on the B relay. At the mid-season Texas Invite, Melzer split 52.50. And at Big 12s individually, Melzer was 52.97 and Temple just 53.60. The team elected to bring Melzer, not Temple, along as a relay-only swimmer, but then chose to use Sam Stewart as its prelims breaststroker today. While Stewart wasn’t that far off with a 52.64, Texas fell well behind the top contenders.

Then flyer Joseph Schooling was 44.79 – a fast split relative to the field, but well off his fastest-split-in-recorded-history of 43.39 – and anchor Brett Ringgold was 41.93 for Texas to just miss the championship heat for tonight.

Shebat’s rough split also bodes poorly for Texas’s 200 medley relay, where they may be able to fix their breaststroke woes by using Schooling. Shebat was out relatively fast today (21.47 to his feet), so he might be OK on a 50 split, but Texas will have to think hard about swapping him out with freshman Austin Katz, who has been flying this season and had a great split on the 800 free relay.

Per our research, this marks the first time Texas has missed the A final in a relay since 2008, when the 200 medley relay took 11th. Texas was 9th in the 800 free relay in 2011, but that event is a timed final, not a prelims/finals event.

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Distance Swimmer

Despite this, I still see them destroying the field in finals, a vengeance swim if you will
Shebat- 44.90
Whoever Eddie wants- 52.5
Schooling- 43.7
Ringgold- 41.0
Not Earth shattering, but I don’t think these guys were 100%, complacency may have bested them this am

A non-e mouse

No way schooling is on form to go 43.7. If 19.2 and 44.7 was all he had this morning I am definitely not expecting him to be sub 44

Distance Swimmer

When have you seen Joe Schooling go all out in prelims at NCAAs? I’ll wait…

Right Dude Here

Seems like you forgot about his 18.6 this morning lol.


with a .65 RT, that adjusts to a 19.05

running start to touch backstroke flags

They were a full second ahead of Bama this morning so they should get it. But if they keep swimming poorly Bama or Virginia could get em. Shebat and Ringhold were off this morning. Schooling not much better. You never know, they should take the B-final title back to Austin though.

Sgo Bears

I wouldn’t be shocked if Alabama beat them in B-Finals tonight. I feel like both squads underperformed, but this Texas team isn’t really he same as the past few years.

Sir Swimsalot

Dang. I really was hoping Schooling would be back on his game. He trained this entire year. He must have either missed his taper or just lacked the wisdom to give it all in prelims, especially in the relays.

LCM matters more

Schooling has the Commonwealth Games in a couple of weeks which is a huge meet for them! On the other hand, Texas is barely a contender to win NCAAs this year (Top 4 will still get a trophy) so he is just starting his taper with this meet


ok so 2016 he wasnt tapered for ncca? ok……..

Captain Awesome

Schooling isn’t swimming the Commonwealths, I’m pretty sure.

That’s correct






He was the problem. Everyone knew that back and breast were question marks, but most people thought Joe would be at least 44 lowif not 44 flat



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