MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - UC Santa Barbara swimmers Logan Hotchkiss and Billy Mullis have started off their fight in the NCAA Championship meet at the University of Minnesota. This swim meet invites the top Division 1 collegiate athletes to compete for their spot as the fastest in the country. Hotchkiss and Mullis made it for their first time this year and are the only Gauchos to be invited in the last four years.
Head coach Matt Macedo stated, "Our meet kicked off with Logan's 500 free. Logan swam a strong race in the final preliminary heat (about two seconds off his best time) and finished 26th in the country out of 48 athletes. The following day he placed 33rd in the 200 freestyle premliminaries with a time of 1:35.31."
Hotchkiss looks forward to racing in one more event during this meet, the 1650 freestyle to finish out his third year of collegiate swimming.
Mullis on the other hand has swam only one event so far out of his three he qualified for in the competitive meet. Macedo stated, "We were exciting for our senior representative to race in the 100 bacsktroke event and he did well finishing with a time of 47.11 in the premilinary heat (less than a second off of his fastest time)."
Mullis still has two more events to swim, the 200 backstroke where he is ranked 23rd and the 200 butterfly.
The complete lists of all swimmers (athletes by institution, official psych sheet, relays and alternates) competing in the championships is available at www.usaswimming.org/ncaa.
ESPN3.com is live streaming final sessions on Saturday. Saturday morning session will be streamed live on www.gophersports.com. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 5 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, April 4.