Longhorns look to qualify for NCAA at last chance meet

Rachel Wenzlaff

The American Short Course Championship is the last chance for any collegiate swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet. In addition to a list of Longhorns, the meet will also include numerous club swimmers, some that are still in high school, and a few previous Olympians.

Longhorn seniors Austin Surhoff, Cole Craigin, Dax Hill, and Michael McBroom, junior Madison Wenzler, and sophomores Tripp Cooper and Jake Ritter already automatically qualified for the NCAA meet with the times they achieved at the Big 12 Championship. Some of the swimmers, such as Craigin and Wenzler, will be swimming again in the attempt to qualify for a different event.

A total of 24 Longhorns will be fighting to qualify for nationals this weekend. However, this is a strictly swimming event and no divers will compete.  

The American Short Course Championship is a three-day event beginning Thursday and ending Saturday at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Prelims began at 9:15 a.m. and finals commence at 6 p.m. each day.