UCSB’s Billy Mullis Gets Last-Chance Qualifier in 200 Back

2018 Pac-12 Last Chance Meet

  • March 4th, 2018
  • Federal Way, Washington
  • SCY (25y) Course

The dust is settling at the King County Aquatic Center after the conclusion of the 2018 Pac-12 men’s swimming championship meet, but there were still more races to be swum. On Sunday, the pool hosted one of the final last-chance meets for swimmers to earn qualifying times before Monday’s entry deadline for the 2018 Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship.

Courtesy: UCSB Athletics

The highlight swim was a 1:41.05 from UC Santa Barbara’s Billy Mullis in the men’s 200 backstroke. Swimming solo, he improved upon his midseason-best of 1:41.36. While it was just a .31-second gap, that .31 second gap made a huge difference: it moved him from 32nd in the country, probably out of NCAAs, all the way to 24th, and probably in.

For the senior Mullis, the swim was a last-ditch effort to extend his collegiate career for another meet. One of the best swimmers in UCSB school history, he holds school records in 7 events, 4 individual and 3 relays. That includes a 1:43.77 in the 200 fly that he swam on Sunday as well, which is an NCAA “B” time.

His best time in the 200 back coming into the season sat at just 1:45.01. Now, almost 4 seconds faster, he’s on his way to Minneapolis for the NCAA Championships.

Full results from the last-chance event weren’t available as of posting, but we were able to glean a few other swims:

  • Arizona State’s Reid Elliott, who probably just missed a qualifying time with his 46.14 time trial during the meet, was unable to improve the swim on Sunday. He finished in 46.59.
  • USC junior Alex Valente swam a 46.20 in the men’s 100 fly, which missed his season-best of 46.02. That 36.0 ranks just 38th nationally. USC’s Dylan Carter ranks 36th in the same event with a 45.99, meaning that for the first-time-ever, it will take sub-46 for a swimmer trying to earn their NCAA invite in the 100 fly.

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3 years ago

UCSB* school history 🙂

3 years ago

Couple of qualifiers at the OSU last chance meet too!

3 years ago

45.99 won’t qualify, wowza. I really want an article breaking down how the hey swimming has gotten so much faster in the last 2 years. Cause while it slowly has always progressed, these two years have been Herculean leaps. Also an article on wtf happened to Sam Perry, and Payton Sorenson over the course of a year.

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