Tar Heel Last Chance Meet
- March 4-5, 2022
- Koury Natatorium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- SCY (25 yards), Prelims/Finals
- Live results on MeetMobile under “Tar Heel Last Chance Meet”
The University of North Carolina hosted a last chance meet hosted a last chance meet this weekend in Chapel Hill. While we already highlighted a massive 100 fly swim from NC State’s Nyls Norstanje in Friday’s prelim session, there were several other notable swims, including multiple likely NCAA invite times.
NCAA pre-selection psych sheets are slated to be released on Tuesday, while cut lines will be released Wednesday.
The host Tar Heels picked up a likely NCAA qualifier in the 200 free with senior Tomas Sungalia, who blasted a new lifetime best. The Lithuanian national posted a 1:32.97, slicing 8 tenths off of his time from ACCs and moving up from 44th in the country to a tie for 21st, likely solidifying an NCAA invite in his senior year.
North Carolina also picked up a new NCAA A cut in the 800 free relay, touching in 6:15.54, one and a half seconds faster than ACCs and under the A cut of 6:16.80. Sungalia led off that relay, and was followed by freshman Nick Radkov, sophomore Patrick Hussey and sophomore Noah Rutberg.
The Virginia Cavaliers also picked up a pair of likely NCAA qualifiers. Senior Justin Grender posted a 1:40.25 in the 200 back, over 7 tenths faster than his time from ACCs. Grender’s time of 1:40.98 from the ACC Championships had ranked him 30th nationally, but his 1:40.25 now moves him all the way up to 15th in the country and should earn him an NCAA invite.
His senior classmate Casey Storch also picked up a likely NCAA invite in the 400 IM, dropping nearly two seconds from his ACC swim to touch in 3:42.50. Before this weekend, Storch sat squarely on the bubble with the 31st time in the country, but his swim moves him all the way up to 15th, solidly in NCAA invite range.
Other notable swims:
- Tar Heel sophomore Patrick Hussey swam a 3:45.18 in the 400 IM, 8 tenths off of his ACCs time of 3:44.23. His ACC time ranks 33rd in the nation, on the bubble, but likely on the outside, of the NCAA qualifying swim.
- North Carolina senior Jacob Rauch posted a 52.65 in the 100 breast, a quarter of a second faster than his ACC time. That moves him to 54th in the NCAA this year.
- Virginia’s Max Iida sliced a tenth off of his ACC time in the 200 breast to touch in 1:53.77. That swim puts him 33rd in the country this season, also likely just outside of NCAA qualifying range.
- UNC sophomore Boyd Poelke swam the 100 fly three times, with his best effort being a 45.68. That is just off of his 45.51 from last week, which sits 25th in the country this year and should be enough for an NCAA invite.
Good day for UNC
Anyone know whether there are 2 or 4 relay-only swimmers allowed this year?
Thanks. That’s what I thought, but I was getting some contrary info and couldn’t find anything in the Handbook about it.