Scotland’s Dan Wallace heads a group of GB qualifiers for the men’s division 1 NCAA championship which will take place in Texas in the last week in March. The Warrender swimmer, swimming for Florida, is fresh from a strong showing at the South East Conference championship meet and made the cut in three events.
The SEC record he set a few weeks ago makes him the top seed in the 500y free by almost 2 seconds while he will also contest the 400IM from the third seeded spot. His programme is rounded out by the 200y fly, in what looks like a tactical move from Florida, with swimmers being limited to three individual swims; Wallace snuck in 28th of 29 qualifiers.
Wallace will head almost directly from Texas to Glasgow for the Scottish Nationals and a tilt at Commonwealth Games selection, although on current form that would appear to be a formality if he can hold his taper for the extra week needed.
The English contingent will need to hold their tapers for another extra week until the English trials, which start later, also in Glasgow. Sprinter James Disney-May of Millfield and Auburn, goes in the 50 free where he’s seeded to make the B final and should be part of the relay squads too.
Disney-May’s Auburn teammate Joe Patching, from Plymouth Leander, has had a strong start to his NCAA career in his first year in the US and has made the cut for two individual events, the 200IM and 200 backstroke, the latter his best chance of a finals spot with a seeding of 11th.
The IM fields will also include Millfield swimmer Tristan Slater who will contest the 400 version for Tennessee having snuck in as the final qualifier.
The meet takes place from March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.