University of Arizona All-American David Schlicht Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

After two seasons with the University of Arizona Wildcats, All-American David Schlicht has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Schlicht, a breaststroker and IM’er from Australia, raced for the Wildcats at the 2019 and 2021 NCAA Championships and has been a top contributor for the program.

Since this past season won’t count against eligibility for student-athletes, Schlicht appears to have three years of eligibility remaining. His 2021 NCAA meet was his national championship return after redshirting the 2019-20 season for the Olympics (which were pushed to 2021).

TOP TIMES (SCY)

  • 200 IM – 1:41.82
  • 400 IM – 3:39.59
  • 100 breast – 53.53
  • 200 breast – 1:52.33
  • 100 back – 48.30

Schlicht’s lifetime bests in both IMs, the 100 breast and the 100 back all came from the 2020-21 season, while his 200 breast PR is from 2019.

His 2021 NCAA performance was his most impressive meet to date, where he placed fourth in the 400 IM (3:39.89) and sixth in the 200 IM (1:41.82) to contribute 28 points for the Wildcats. He made the 400 IM A-final in 2019, too, clocking a 3:41.77 to take sixth overall. At Pac-12s in both 2019 and 2021, he was runner-up in both IM events and took third in the 200 breast.

Being one of the top returning IM’ers in the country, Schlicht will be a major addition to whatever program he joins next.

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ForTheLoveOfSwimming
4 months ago

The first sentence of the second paragraph, “Since this past season won’t count against eligibility for student athletes,…”. I thought only Seniors were granted an additional year of eligibility. This indicates that all four classes from 2021 receive an additional year of eligibility. Which is it?

oxyswim
Reply to  ForTheLoveOfSwimming
4 months ago

Everyone gets an extra year of eligibility.

XC&Swimmom
Reply to  ForTheLoveOfSwimming
4 months ago

All grades are eligible for the extra year – not just seniors. This site provides a good discussion of how it works based on season and division: https://www.ncsasports.org/coronavirus-sports/ncaa-eligibility-coronavirus

Horninco
4 months ago

UT on line 1…..

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Horninco
4 months ago

As cool as that would be, I don’t necessarily think they “need” Schlict Maybe if this was 2018, then yeah he would’ve been very desirable, but with Jake Foster, Braden Vines, Caspar Corbeau, Matt Willenbring, Charlie Scheinfeld (among others), they have the breaststroke and IM covered very well now.

bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

Holy hell, this guy is one fast potential transfer.

swimmingly
4 months ago

I’d like to understand how an athlete entering the portal affects the current coach/athlete relationship, from ex-athletes or coaches perspective

If it’s the case that the athlete cannot be in touch with any prospective coaches:

  1. can the athlete talk with athletes from a prospective college?
  2. doesn’t this depend upon a great relationship with the coach?
  • either the coach says ‘listen xxx, we like you , but there’s little scholarship $ left to go around, or
  • the athlete decides unilaterally to throw their hat in the ring, in which case how can that not be an ‘f you’ to the current coach?

I asked this question before, got downvoted. I’m simply trying to understand how this… Read more »

urahrah
Reply to  swimmingly
4 months ago

I only can give an example from one situation I was really close to, but in that case the athlete was coming off a medical redshirt and the coach had recruited over him, so kinda a combination of both the two situations you mentioned. My friend did have a great relationship with his coach but when it came down to it he was “gently” ushered out the door about a week and a half after entering the portal. He had a bunch of club teammates swimming at other schools and had kind of always stayed in touch with them and focused his search on who needed someone who swam his events and whether he could impact his conference. Ended up… Read more »

deepsouth
Reply to  swimmingly
4 months ago

I’m sure it works any number of ways.

  1. Swimmer tells coach they are considering transferring. Coach says “Yup agree” = Swimmer enters portal and hopefully Coach helps swimmer find a new home
  2. See #1, coach says “hell no please stay, what do you need” = Swimmer may or may not enter portal
  3. Swimmer contacts other coaches to see what roster and $$ situations look like and then tells Coach after they have found a new home. Coach could be happy or unhappy. Swimmer doesn’t need the previous coach at that point (FTR, if I had a swimmer who wanted to transfer, this is how I’d tell them to handle it)
  4. Coach tells swimmer “See all these names on
… Read more »

Admin
Reply to  deepsouth
4 months ago

It’s worth noting that a swimmer doesn’t need the coach’s permission nor need to tell them that they’re entering the transfer portal. That’s all done through a different hierarchy that doesn’t include the coach.

urahrah
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 months ago

FWIW, the transfer I mentioned above DID talk to an assistant about potentially transferring but not the head coach before putting his name in the portal, but that was mostly due to the timing of when he entered it.

swimmingly
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 months ago

I get that these are officially two different channels.

But there are only two ways that an athlete enters the portal: the coach is aware of it happening, or the coach is surprised. We’re kidding ourselves if there’re not back channels happening.

swimmingly
Reply to  deepsouth
4 months ago

thank you all for the anecdotes!

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  deepsouth
4 months ago

#3 is an NCAA violation of the “new” coach if he/she says anything besides “we can’t talk to you until you’re in the portal”

Now…does that still happen? Probably quite a bit, and it’s probably not regulated/enforced very much at all (if ever?)

Last edited 4 months ago by DrSwimPhil
deepsouth
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
4 months ago

A few articles lately on how this is turning into a known but unsolvable new issue in the NCAA football/basketball world.

urahrah
4 months ago

Isn’t this Jemma Schlicht’s brother? If so, paging USC…

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  urahrah
4 months ago

He’ll need to improve his water bottle dodging skills first.

Taa
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
4 months ago

SC added a class on this for the fall schedule.

Trojan man
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
4 months ago

Ha! USC? I don’t think he is fast enough to dodge Kipp’s arsenal that he throws at defenseless swimmers in the water. Anyone looking at USC under Kipp better enroll in pre therapy sessions and invest in a good helmet!

Duck
Reply to  Trojan man
4 months ago

Better yet, give USC a pass til Kipp has left the building.

Drama King
Reply to  urahrah
4 months ago

I think Calypso Sheridan also transferred to USC. Isn’t she ?

urahrah
Reply to  Drama King
4 months ago

She did. She was an OG Kipp recruit IIRC

SwimPhan
Reply to  urahrah
4 months ago

Connect the dots on this one:
Personal: Born David Theodore Schlicht in September 1999 to Anthony and Katrina Schlicht in Melbourne, Australia…Has two sisters, Jemma and Sammy…Planned major is Civil Engineering because he likes construction and building…Enjoys hanging out with friends, video games, and art…Chose Arizona over ASU, Denver, USC, LSU, Wisconsin, NCU, Grand Canyon, Utah because “I believe it is the best place for me to improve my swimming.”

Calypso Sheridan from Australia via Northwestern will be a Trojan and will be in the Master’s Program in the USC School of Engineering. David Schlict is Jemma’s brother and has an Engineering Major. USC’s Engineering school is ranked #2 behind Cal Tech in SoCal….USC recruited Schlicht out of high school.… Read more »

Duck
Reply to  SwimPhan
4 months ago

Connect the dots? You mean right into the USC dumpster fire? Foreigner swimmers and transfers, grad school transfers (or, both), and with few American swimmers and none top-ranked. Southern Cal One and Done University. This won’t change until Temper Tantrum Kipp is fired.

Swimfan206
4 months ago

Going to make a wild card call and say he transfers into the ACC

Huh
Reply to  Swimfan206
4 months ago

FSU? Lots of foreign swimmers, same terrible academics as UA.

applesandoranges
Reply to  Huh
4 months ago

Academics are better than years ago, but still……

Alice
Reply to  Huh
3 months ago

UA “Where Legends are made”!

James Beam
4 months ago

Serious question here- how does SwimSwam find out about the transfer portal students? Do the swimmers give SwimSwam the heads-up on this? Does a coach who has access to it tip-off SwimSwam?

10U Dad
Reply to  James Beam
4 months ago

I was also wondering about this. Who and how gets to see when an athlete enters the portal? If the athlete doesn’t talk to the Coach first then does the Coach get a surprise email? Do Coaches just monitor the portal waiting for a fresh catch?

malleesmom
Reply to  10U Dad
4 months ago

Transfer notification happens via the athletic compliance office. Ideally the athlete would notify the coach first but as indicated, it is not required. Said athlete notifies compliance of the intent to transfer. A form is completed and it is done. I cannot speak about SwimSwam’s knowledge but I believe athletes notify them independently.

samulih
Reply to  malleesmom
4 months ago

in essence nobody knows outside in the insiders if you enter portal but of course it leaks like sieve.

samulih
Reply to  James Beam
4 months ago

there are people with access who share that info or their info to someone else who can watch the portal.

I_Said_it
Reply to  James Beam
4 months ago

Find a fried with a Portal login, ask for screen shots of the list. Post story of who’s in. Easy

deepsouth
Reply to  James Beam
4 months ago

You won’t get the answer from SwimSwam (nor should they answer) but it’s clear they have access to the portal. Big J Journalism. Kudos to them.

Guerra
4 months ago

Good decision! RUN!

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Guerra
4 months ago

Lol. We all knew Guerra would be happy about this.

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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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