14 Swimmers and 10 Divers from Division I Mid-Majors Qualify for 2023 Men’s NCAAs


The 2023 Men’s Division I NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships are fast approaching. 235 swimmers and 35 divers will descend upon Minneapolis, Minnesota for the meet. Of those athletes, 14 swimmers an 10 divers are from Division I mid-major schools–that’s schools that aren’t a part of the Power 5 (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12, and SEC).

This year, the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Colonial Conference Association (CAA), Horizon League, Mid-American Conference (MAC), Ivy League, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) all have swimmers at the meet. The Summit League is also represented through Denver diver Zyad Morsy‘s qualification.

Like last year, the Ivy League leads the way, sending the most swimmers out of any mid-major conference to the meet. Seven swimmers from five different Ivy League schools qualified, representing Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, and Brown. That’s without Penn’s breaststroke ace Matt Fallon, who was missing from the psych sheets after reportedly suffering a back injury during training before Ivy League Championships. The Ivy League contingent gets bigger if you include the divers. Six divers from the Ivy League qualified for NCAAs thanks to their performance at Zone A Diving Championships.

Two schools are sending their first ever representatives to NCAAs. Sophomores Logan Kelly and Alex Scott are the first athletes from IUPUI to make the meet. Kelly will race both breaststroke events and is seeded 31st in the 100 (51.94) and 28th in the 200 breast (1:52.86). Scott qualified for plaftorm diving. California Baptist has gotten its first two qualifiers in swimmer Rémi Fabiani and diver Gael Jimenez.

Fabiani sits just outside of the scoring in the 50 freestyle at 17th, and there are seven other athletes who are projected to score in at least one event. Senior Wen Zhang (Air Force) is the highest seeded mid-major swimmer: he’s seeded fourth in the 200 free. But Yale’s Noah Millard is right behind him as the #5 seed in the 500 free (and is 15th in the 1650 free), while Brian Benzing (Towson) and Ruard Van Renen (Southern Illinois) are seeded seventh in the 100 breast and 100 backstroke, respectively.

Also seeded to score are SMU’s Colin Feehery (15th, 200 IM), Harvard’s Umitcan Gures (10th, 100 fly), and Princeton’s Raunak Khosla (9th, 200 IM & 14th, 200 fly).

Here’s the full list of swimmers and divers slated to compete in Minneapolis this week:


  • Brian Benzing, Junior (Towson) — 100 breast (7th), 200 IM (48th)
    • 2023 CAA champion in the 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM
    • At the CAA championships, swam a 22.54 50 breast split, #2 all-time
  • Demirkan Demir, Sophomore (Columbia) — 100 breast (33rd), 200 breast (30th)
    • 2023 Ivy League champion in the 100 and 200 breast
    • Back-to-back Ivy League champion in the 100 breast
  • Rémi Fabiani, Sophomore (Cal Baptist) — 50 free (17th), 100 free (27th), 100 back (45th)
    • 2023 WAC champion in the 50 and 100 free
    • Broke the WAC 100 freestyle record, which had stood since 1997, with a 42.21
  • Colin Feehery, Senior (SMU) — 200 breast (15th), 200 IM (35th), 400 IM (30th)
    • 2023 AAC champion in the 200 breast, 200 IM, and 400 IM
    • 2023 AAC Co-Swimmer of the Year
  • Umitcan Gures, Senior (Harvard) — 50 free (34th), 100 free (61st), 100 fly (10th)
    • 2023 Ivy League champion in the 50 free and 100 fly
    • 2022 All-American in the 100 fly
  • Jack Kelly, Sophomore (Brown) — 100 breast (35th), 200 breast (25th), 200 IM (51st)
    • 2023 Ivy League runner-up in the 100 and 200 breast
    • Brown’s first swimmer to qualify for men’s NCAAs since 2015
  • Logan Kelly, Sophomore (IUPUI) — 100 breast (31st), 200 breast (28th)
    • 2023 Horizon League champion in the 200 breast, CCSCA champion in the 100 breast
    • IUPUI program record holder in the 100 and 200 breaststroke
  • Raunak Khosla, Senior (Princeton) — 200 fly (14th), 200 IM (9th), 400 IM (23rd)
    • 2023 Ivy League champion in the 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM (4x winner in 200 IM)
    • 2022 HM All-American in the 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM
  • Connor Lee, Junior (Yale) — 100 fly (28th), 200 fly (38th)
    • 2023 Ivy League runner-up in the 100 fly
    • Yale program record holder in the 100 fly
  • Nicholas Lim, Junior (Princeton) — 500 free (48th), 100 fly (35th), 200 fly (25th)
    • 2023 Ivy League runner up in the 200 fly, third in 100 fly
    • 1st time NCAA qualifier
  • Noah Millard, Sophomore (Yale) — 200 free (30th), 500 free (5th), 1650 free (15th)
    • 2023 Ivy League champion in the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyles
    • Ivy League Record holder in the 500 freestyle (4:10.62)
  • Brad Prolo, Senior (BYU) — 100 breast (42nd), 200 fly (23rd), 200 IM (67th)
    • 2023 MPSF champion in the 100 breast and 200 fly, 3rd in 200 IM
    • Program record holder in 200 fly
  • Ruard Van Renen, Freshman (Southern Illinois) — 100 back (7th), 200 back (31st), 100 fly (38th)
    • 2023 MAC champion in 100 back, 200 back, and 100 fly
    • First Saluki qualifier for men’s NCAAs in 18 years
  • Wen Zhang, Senior (Air Force) — 50 free (52nd), 100 free (30th), 200 free (4th)
    • 2023 WAC champion in 200 and 500 free, runner-up in 100 free
    • Back-to-back WAC men’s Swimmer of the Year


  • Taso Callanan, Sophomore (Princeton) — Platform
    • Second-straight time qualifying for Platform at NCAAs
  • George Callanan, Sophomore (Princeton) — 1m, 3m, Platform
    • 2021 Olympic Trials Qualifier
  • Jeanpaul Ditto, Junior (Yale) — 1m, 3m
    • First time qualifying for NCAAs
  • Gael Jimenez, Freshman (Cal Baptist) — 1m, 3m, Platform
    • First Lancer diver to qualify for NCAAs, and first WAC diver to qualify since 2019
  • Zyad Morsy, Sophomore (Denver) — 3m, Platform
    • First Denver diver to qualify for NCAAs since 2015
  • Alex Scott, Sophomore (IUPUI) — Platform
    • 2023 Horizon League runner-up on 1-meter, 3rd on 3-meter
  • Mickey Strauss, Senior (BYU) — 1m, 3m, Platform
    • 2022 MPSF Diver of the Year
  • Jonathan Suckow, Senior (Columbia) — 1m, 3m
    • Scored all of Columbia’s 30 points at 2022 NCAAs, finishing 4th on 1- and 3-meter
  • Joe Victor, Sophomore (Princeton) — 1m, 3m, Platform
    • 2022 HM All-American on Platform, finishing 16th
  • Adam Wesson, Sophomore (Harvard) — 1m, 3m
    • 2022 HM All-American on 3-meter, finishing 16th

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1 year ago

I feel like the rest of Big12 is also practically mid-major 😭 would totally include invitees from WVU and TCU here

1 year ago

SMU, BYU and Air Force are mid-majors?

Reply to  Meeeee
1 year ago

SMU is not a mid-major, “powerhouse” would be more fitting

1 year ago

UNLV qualified their 200 Free Relay

lil swimmy jr.
Reply to  Yeehaw
1 year ago

All swimmers need to have qualified individually in order for their relay to swim.

Reply to  lil swimmy jr.
1 year ago

Not true. Relays have A cuts. You can verify this by looking at last years NCAAs. You’ll see UNLV swam their 400 freelay with no individual qualifiers.

1 year ago

Wen Zhang is going to shock the NCAA in the 200 free. Go falcons!

Lab Counter
1 year ago

Did we ever hear from Matt or Penn why Fallon wasn’t entered? (Or did I miss it?).

Reply to  Lab Counter
1 year ago

The article mentions an injury of some kind.

HOO love
Reply to  Lab Counter
1 year ago

Back injury

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