After the first big college invite weekend two weeks ago, we looked at the number of swimmers and relay teams with NCAA “A” cuts to get an idea of who had already locked in their invites to the big show in March. At that point, 34 swimmers in Division I had already hit an automatic qualifying time in at least one event. After this past weekend, which featured U.S. Winter Nationals and the Texas Invite, among several other big invitationals, that number has almost doubled, with 31 more new swimmers hitting automatic invite times.
14 new men added automatic bids to the men’s NCAA championships in Austin, Texas, while 17 women punched their tickets to Minneapolis, MN for the women’s NCAA meet the week before.
The Florida Gators and California Golden Bears are tied for the most women’s qualifiers, each having 5 women with one or more A cut. Stanford, Texas A&M and USC all have 4 each.
On the men’s side, Arizona jumped into a tie for the league lead by qualifying 4 different men over the weekend. Florida still sits at the 4 it qualified from the Ohio State Invite two weeks back.
Any swimmer who hits one individual “A” cut is allowed to swim any of his or her “B” cut events, meaning it takes just one “A” cut for the all-important NCAA Invite.
Under the new NCAA Invite process the relay selection works much the same: if a team qualifies at least one individual and hits at least one relay “A” cut, that team can bring all of its “B” cut relays along to the national championships as well.
5 new men’s teams and 3 new women’s teams qualified relays for the NCAA championships this weekend: Arizona, Texas, USC, Louisville and California on the men’s side and Indiana, Texas and Arizona for the women.
Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Florida State, and Virginia Tech had already qualified relays for the men. Stanford, Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Virginia, California, USC, Missouri and Minnesota had done it for the women.
Here are the lists of individual “A” cut qualifiers and their events so far. New additions to the list are bolded, as are new events for a swimmer who already had an A cut in a different race.
California – Liz Pelton, 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM
California - Missy Franklin, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 back, 200 back
California - Cindy Tran, 100 back
California - Rachel Bootsma, 100 back
California - Celina Li, 200 IM
Florida – Natalie Hinds, 100 free
Florida – Elizabeth Beisel, 1650 free, 200 IM, 400 IM
Florida – Alicia Matthieu, 1650 free
Florida – Sinead Russell, 100 back, 200 back
Florida – Ellese Zalewski, 100 fly
Stanford – Maddy Schaefer, 50 free, 100 free
Stanford – Lia Neal, 100 free, 200 free
Stanford – Felicia Lee, 100 back
Stanford – Maya Dirado, 100 back, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM
Texas A&M – Lili Ibanez, 200 free
Texas A&M – Paige Miller, 100 back
Texas A&M – Breeja Larson, 100 breast, 200 breast
Texas A&M – Cammile Adams, 200 fly
USC - Kasey Carlson, 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast
USC - Kendyl Stewart, 100 fly
USC - Jasmine Tosky, 200 fly
USC - Stina Gardell, 200 IM, 400 IM
Georgia – Amber McDermott, 500 free
Georgia – Olivia Smoliga, 100 back
Georgia – Melanie Margalis, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM
Arizona - Bonnie Brandon, 200 free, 500 free, 200 back
Arizona - Margo Geer, 50 free, 100 free
Indiana - Lindsey Vrooman, 1650 free
Indiana - Brooklyn Snodgrass, 200 back
Louisville – Tanja Kylliainen, 200 fly
Louisville - Kelsi Worrell, 200 fly
Virginia – Leah Smith, 500 free, 1650 free
Virginia – Courtney Bartholomew, 100 back, 200 back
Kentucky – Tina Bechtel, 100 fly, 200 fly
Minnesota – Kierra Smith, 200 breast
Missouri - Dani Barbiea, 100 fly
North Carolina – Stephanie Peacock, 500 free, 1650 free
Notre Dame - Emma Reaney, 200 breast, 200 IM
Tennessee - Molly Hannis, 100 breast
UC- Santa Barbara - Andrea Ward, 100 fly
UW – Milwaukee - Emily McClellan, 100 breast, 200 breast
Arizona - Mitchell Friedemann, 100 back
Arizona - Kevin Cordes, 100 breast, 200 breast
Arizona - Giles Smith, 100 fly
Arizona - Michael Meyer, 400 IM
Florida – Andrea D’Arrigo, 500 free
Florida – Sebastien Rousseau, 200 fly, 400 IM
Florida – Dan Wallace, 400 IM
Florida – Marcin Cieslak, 200 IM
Michigan - Michael Wynalda, 200 free
Michigan - Connor Jaeger, 500 free, 1650 free
Michigan - Dylan Bosch, 200 fly
Auburn – Marcelo Chierighini, 50 free, 100 free
Auburn – Joe Patching, 200 back
California - Ryan Murphy, 100 back, 200 back
California - Jacob Pebley, 200 back
Georgia – Chase Kalisz, 200 IM, 400 IM
Georgia – Tynan Stewart, 200 back
Brown - Thomas Glenn, 200 fly
Louisville – Joao De Lucca, 100 free, 200 free
Ohio State – Connor McDonald, 200 back
Texas - Jack Conger, 100 fly, 200 back
Utah - Nick Soedel, 100 free
USC - Cristian Quintero, 200 free, 500 free
Wisconsin - Drew Teduits, 200 back
Update: Future Arizona and Ohio State swimmers Brad Tandy and Tim Phillips have been taken off the list based on a clarification from an NCAA official. Tandy and Phillips were not representing their college teams this past weekend, and though their times were still in the ranking database, they will be removed shortly.
In addition to that list, a number of other swimmers went times that stand a good shot at being invited to the NCAA Championships in March. Based on SwimSwam’s recent look-back at what it takes to get an NCAA Invite, we compiled the number swimmers in each event who have already gone faster than the last time to get invited to the NCAA Championships last season.
Keep in mind that some athletes are near the top of the NCAA in more than three events, meaning they can’t enter all of them for NCAAs. This list doesn’t neccessarily give us a picture of how many total athletes are in line for NCAA Invites, but rather which events have been especially fast in the early part of the season.
Of note: 27 men have gone under the last time invited in the 200 back last year. Only 29 men were invited per event in 2013, so unless we see a lot of high-level 200 backstrokers elect to enter a different event, the invite time looks like it will drop significantly in 2014.
NUMBER OF SWIMMERS UNDER THE 2013 NCAA INVITE TIME
|Women faster so far this season||Women’s 2012-2013 Invited Time||Event||Men’s 2012-2013 Invited Time||Men faster so far this season|