March 21, 2018
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Junior distance swimmer Logan Hotchkiss and senior backstroker Billy Mullis will represent UC Santa Barbara next week at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center from Mar. 21-24.
The Gaucho pair will be the first UCSB representatives at the NCAA Championships in four years, since Wade Allen and Andrea Ward qualified last in the 2013-14 season.
This season, Mullis and Hotchkiss led the Gaucho men to a second consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship while qualifying for three events apiece at next week's championships.
Mullis, the school record-holder in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 IM and 200 butterfly, is ranked 23 rd in the 200 back with his NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:41.05 that he recorded on Mar. 4 at the Pac-12 Last Chance Meet in Washington. The Vacaville, Calif. native also qualified for the 200 fly (1:43.77) and 100 back (46.72) where he ranks 32 nd and 34 th, respectively.
Hotchkiss, meanwhile, also holds a trio of school records that he set in early December at the Husky Invitational. The Malibu, Calif. native is seeded the highest in the 500 freestyle (4:15.09) with a No. 20 overall ranking, and also qualified for the 200 free (1:34.93) and the 1650 free (15:03.60) where he ranks 36 th and 39 th, respectively.
A total of 270 participants (235 swimmers and 35 divers) will compete in the championships. Swimmers qualified for the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers will be determined by performances achieved at the Zone Diving meets March 5-10. 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 will live stream finals sessions on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday's evening session, Thursday's sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday 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.