Yeager, Varozza Among Texas Roster Cap Casualties On NCAA Psych Sheets


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Two-time NCAA qualifier Chris Yeager is one of six Texas swimmers who likely would have made the NCAA invite line, but who are not entered in the meet, likely due to roster limits.

Though each team can enter as many swimmers as it wants on the pre-selection psych sheets that dropped this morning, each team can only bring 18 athletes to the NCAA Championships, with divers counting for half a roster spot each. In our early projections, we had 24 Texas swimmers potentially in line for NCAA invites, and with the team likely to bring four or more divers, many of those swimmers were in jeopardy of being cut.

Texas only entered 18 swimmers on the pre-selection sheets, appearing to narrow down their roster early, with two or more cuts still likely to come with 3 Texas divers already qualified with two days of Zone competition yet to go.

Here are the Texas swimmers entered on the psych sheets:

Roster Spot Swimmer Event Ranks
1 Krueger, Daniel 1, 15, 40
2 Rooney, Maxime 1, 6, 17
3 Katz, Austin 2, 7, 21
4 Kibler, Drew 2, 6, 11
5 Pomajevich, Sam 3, 12, 24
6 Willenbring, Matt 3, 61, 78
7 Harty, Ryan 4, 9, 10
8 Vines, Braden 5, 8, 9
9 Jiang, Alvin 5, 8, 41
10 Corbeau, Caspar 7, 8
11 Foster, Jake 9, 16, 20
12 Collins, Jack 9, 39
13 Staka, Chris 11, 53
14 Artmann, Josh 12, 27, 81
15 Zettle, Alex 15, 32
16 Park, Jason 18, 21
17 Larson, Johnthomas 19, 44, 61
18 Scheinfeld, Charlie 21, 46

On the bubble: Texas will definitely bring its top two divers, who both made multiple NCAA A finals last season. It’s very likely they’ll bring two more, who each have decent chances to finish top 8 and strong chances to score. That puts Park, Johnthomas Larson and Scheinfeld on the hot seat, as all three are seeded outside of scoring range. Scheinfeld is the lowest seed, but also has the best chance to be valuable on relays, so it might be Park and Larson in trouble.

Here are the swimmers we projected in scoring range who are not entered, along with where their season-bests would have ranked on the pre-selection sheets. The top 29 in each event qualified for the meet, with two 30th-ranked swimmers also qualifying:

Year Name Projected Ranks
JR Yeager, Chris 14th (1650 free)
JR Varozza, Preston 20th (100 back)
FR Larson, Peter 21st (200 free) 46th (500 free)
SO Koustik, Andrew 24th (200 fly) 26th (400 IM)
JR Neri, Parker 24th (1650 free) 37th (500 free)
FR Harder, Ethan 24th (200 back) 38th (200 fly)

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1 year ago

Having to leave a possible 8 swimmers at home is incredible

Reply to  Bailey
1 year ago

Incredibly sad for those guys.

Reply to  Snarky
1 year ago

That’s the deal when you go to Texas. Similar to a lot of swimmers that choose the school where they may miss the conference scoring roster vs a different team where they’d be a bigger piece of the success.

Reply to  Snarky
1 year ago

And an incredibly happy moment for the potential 4 Longhorn divers in the ‘other pool’ (of the 5 who qualified for NCAA’s) that their participation at NCAA’s might just be the determining factor this year! As a swimmer, I would happily give up my NCAA swims to another swimmer or diver if I knew I was helping the team take #15 in 2020!

Reply to  Bailey
1 year ago

What an incredible problem to have? Please add a little MORE stress to the coaches lives. Wow.

1 year ago

I don’t think Yeager has been in a meet since Minn. invite back in yearly December.

1 year ago

A Texas tradition since the early 80’s. Everyone knows this going in. Like being the reserve driver for Mercedes F1.

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