Thirteen Gator swimmers received invitations to the 2017 Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, as announced by the NCAA this week.
Brennan Balogh, Khader Baqlah, Andrew Brady, Chandler Bray, Mitch D’Arrigo, Caeleb Dressel, Ben Lawless, Alex Lebed, Blake Manganiello, Ross Palazzo, Maxime Rooney, Jan Switkowski and Mark Szaranek will represent Florida at the national championships based on their qualifying times in 12 individual events.
Florida will have the fourth-largest showing at the national championships, preceded by California (17), reigning national champion Texas (15) and Stanford (14).
Baqlah, Brady, Bray, Palazzo and Rooney will each be making their first appearances at NCAAs. Balogh, Lebed, Manganiello, Dressel, Lawless, Switkowski, Szaranek and D’Arrigo all have national championship experience.
|Brennan Balogh||400 IM||3:44.58||B|
|Khader Baqlah||200 free||1:33.65||B|
|Andrew Brady||1650 free||14:50.05||B|
|Chandler Bray||100 breast||52.61||B|
|Mitch D’Arrigo||500 free||4:12.43||A|
|Caeleb Dressel||50 free||18.46||A|
|Ben Lawless||1650 free||14:51.03||B|
|Alex Lebed||200 IM||1:43.80||B|
|Blake Manganiello||1650 free||14:46.33||B|
|Ross Palazzo||200 breast||1:54.24||B|
|Maxime Rooney||200 free||1:32.18||A|
|Jan Switkowski||200 IM||1:42.25||B|
|Mark Szaranek||200 IM||1:41.30||A|
Although they were not “invited” to NCAAs in these events, ten Gators can add an optional event in which they’ve met the minimum time standard. D’Arrigo, Dressel and Szaranek, who were invited in three events already, are not permitted to swim others.
|Brennan Balogh||200 IM||1:45.06||B|
|Khader Baqlah||100 free||43.36||B|
|Andrew Brady||500 free||4:18.53||B|
|Chandler Bray||200 breast||1:55.86||B|
|Ben Lawless||500 free||4:16.94||B|
|Alex Lebed||200 breast||1:57.98||B|
|Blake Manganiello||500 free||4:18.28||B|
|Ross Palazzo||200 IM||1:46.24||B|
|Maxime Rooney||500 free||4:18.66||B|
|Jan Switkowski||200 free||1:34.41||B|
Florida also qualified all five relays – the 200 free relay (1:15.67), 400 free relay (2:47.09), 800 free relay (6:12.18), 200 medley relay (1:23.44) and 400 medley relay (3:04.52).
While the announcement won’t be official until the conclusion of diving zones on March 12, Samuel Smith also qualified on 1-meter and platform at the zone B championships this week.
The 2017 Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving NCAA Championships run from Wednesday, March 22 to Saturday, March 25 in Indianapolis.
Courtesy of Layne Weitzel Gatorzone