2016 M. NCAA Championships: Texas Leads Day 4 Ups/Downs, Close Battles for Top 5 Spots

2016 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

For those unfamiliar with the terminology: “Up” means a swimmer who is in the A-final, as those swimmers cannot fall lower than 8th barring a DQ. “Down” will mean B-finalists, who are between 9th-16th place.

This year, we’re introducing a new angle on our traditional up/down rankings: and that’s the idea of “burned swims.” Basically, this will keep a tally of the number of swims that a team took (including scratches and DFS) to get to that number of up/downs. This is relevant because, for example, while Cal and Stanford didn’t have any finalists in the 500 free at the women’s meet, they also only had one swimmer entered between the two of them.

This metric will help identify where teams are expecting surges in scoring and smooth-out the curves from particularly weak or strong events from a team. We’ll focus on tracking burned swims from the top 12 teams – on Thursday, that means the top 12 teams based on psych sheet scoring .

Below, we’ve split out projections and actual results for each event, then at the end is a summary with just the core that you need to know. Scroll all the way down for that summary.

Note: Diving is expected to be completed by 3PM Eastern Time. We will update these up/downs then. The 1650 will be held this afternoon, with the top 8 swimming in finals. We’ve included projections for the 1650 in our summary.

200 BACK:

Cal will look to put a dent in Texas’ lead in the 200 back, with Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley looking like they could go 1-2 for the Golden Bears. They also got a boost from Jeremie Dezwirek, who moved up into the consolation final.

Tennessee and Alabama each have a finalist, giving them a chance to move up into the top 5 after this event ahead of Georgia.

Team Score After Day 3 200 Back Projected 200 Back Burned Swims
Texas 366 1/0 1/1. 3
Cal 271 2/0 2/1. 3
Florida 255 0 0/1 3
NC State 197 1/1. 1/0 2
Georgia 162 0 0/1 3
Tennessee 152 1/0 1/0 1
Alabama 143 0/2 1/1. 2
Missouri 140 0 0/1 1
Louisville 134.5 1/1. 0/1 1
Michigan 118 4
Indiana 113.5 1
Auburn 111 1/0 0 2
USC 83 1/0 1/0
Stanford 78.5 0/1 0
Ohio St 66
Arizona 52
South Carolina 36
Pitt 31
Miami 31
Virginia Tech 28.5 0 0/1
BYU 27 0/1 1/0
Wisconsin 25
Minnesota 18
UNC 16 0/1 0
Air Force 16
Cleveland St 15
Oakland 13
Texas A&M 12
George Washington 11
Utah 9
UNLV 9
Princeton 8
Duke 7
Penn 6
LSU 6
Hawaii 5
Georgia Tech 5
Purdue 3
Virginia 3
Iowa 2
Harvard 2
Penn St 2
ASU 0
Notre Dame 0
Denver 0 0/1 0

100 FREE:

Texas did well in this event this morning, getting John Murray and Brett Ringgold into the A final, and Matt Ellis into the B.

Behind the Longhorns, NC State will look to gain some ground on Cal and Florida with their finalists, Simonas Bilis and Ryan Held. The Gators will send Caeleb Dressel into battle, though, and may pick up 1st place points if he can win the title.

Team Score After Day 3 100 Free Projected 100 Free Burned Swims
Texas 366 2/0 2/1. 4
Cal 271 0/1 0 3
Florida 255 1/0 1/0 2
NC State 197 2/1. 2/0 4
Georgia 162 0 1/1. 2
Tennessee 152 0
Alabama 143 0/2 1/1. 3
Missouri 140 1/0 1/0 2
Louisville 134.5 2
Michigan 118 0 0/1 2
Indiana 113.5 1/2. 0/2 3
Auburn 111 1/0 0 3
USC 83 0 0/1
Stanford 78.5 0/1 0/1
Ohio St 66
Arizona 52
South Carolina 36
Pitt 31
Miami 31
Virginia Tech 28.5
BYU 27
Wisconsin 25 0/1 0
Minnesota 18
UNC 16
Air Force 16
Cleveland St 15
Oakland 13
Texas A&M 12
George Washington 11
Utah 9
UNLV 9
Princeton 8
Duke 7
Penn 6
LSU 6
Hawaii 5
Georgia Tech 5
Purdue 3
Virginia 3
Iowa 2
Harvard 2
Penn St 2
ASU 0
Notre Dame 0
Denver 0

200 BREAST:

Texas has Will Licon in the top 8 here to keep things going. Cal will look to distance themselves from the rest of the top 5 with Josh Prenot in the A-final and Connor Hoppe in the B-final.

Team Score After Day 3 200 Breast Projected 200 Breast Burned Swims
Texas 366 1/0 1/0 1
Cal 271 1/0 1/1. 4
Florida 255 0
NC State 197 1
Georgia 162 1
Tennessee 152 0/1 0 1
Alabama 143 1/0 1/0 2
Missouri 140 0/1 1/0 3
Louisville 134.5 0/1 1/0 1
Michigan 118 0
Indiana 113.5 1/0 1/1. 3
Auburn 111 1/0 0 1
USC 83 0/2 0/2
Stanford 78.5
Ohio St 66 0 0/1
Arizona 52
South Carolina 36 0/1
Pitt 31
Miami 31
Virginia Tech 28.5 1/0 1/0
BYU 27
Wisconsin 25
Minnesota 18 0/1
UNC 16
Air Force 16
Cleveland St 15
Oakland 13
Texas A&M 12 0/1
George Washington 11
Utah 9
UNLV 9
Princeton 8
Duke 7
Penn 6
LSU 6
Hawaii 5
Georgia Tech 5
Purdue 3
Virginia 3 1/0 1/0
Iowa 2 0 0/1
Harvard 2
Penn St 2
Cornell 0 1/0 0/1
ASU 0 0/1
Notre Dame 0
Denver 0

200 FLY:

Texas and Georgia will make the biggest moves in the 200 fly. Texas has Jack Conger and Joseph Schooling set to battle for the title. Georgia brings Pace Clark and Gunnar Bentz back in the top 8, and Mick Litherland will swim in the consolation final for the Bulldogs.

Team Score After Day 3 200 Fly Projected 200 Fly Burned Swims
Texas 366 2/0 2/0 5
Cal 271 1/0 1/0 3
Florida 255 0/2 0/1 3
NC State 197 1/0 1/0 2
Georgia 162 2/0 2/1. 5
Tennessee 152 1
Alabama 143 0
Missouri 140 0
Louisville 134.5 1
Michigan 118 1/1. 1/1. 3
Indiana 113.5 0/1 0/1 2
Auburn 111 1/1. 1/1. 3
USC 83
Stanford 78.5 0/2 0/1
Ohio St 66
Arizona 52 0/1 0/1
South Carolina 36
Pitt 31
Miami 31
Virginia Tech 28.5
BYU 27
Wisconsin 25
Minnesota 18
UNC 16
Air Force 16
Cleveland St 15
Oakland 13
Texas A&M 12
George Washington 11
Utah 9
UNLV 9
Princeton 8
Duke 7
Penn 6
LSU 6
Hawaii 5
Georgia Tech 5
Purdue 3
Virginia 3
Iowa 2
Harvard 2
Penn St 2
ASU 0 0 0/1
Notre Dame 0
Denver 0

400 FREE RELAY:

Things went as expected in the 400 free relay prelims, as the top 8 seeds all made it back into the championship final. Tennesse, Louisville, and Arizona will get a boost after improving to make the consolation heat.

Team Score After Day 3 400 FR-R Projected 400 FR-R
Texas 366 Up Up
Cal 271 Up Up
Florida 255 Up Up
NC State 197 Up Up
Georgia 162 Up Up
Tennessee 152 / Down
Alabama 143 Up Up
Missouri 140 Down Down
Louisville 134.5 / Down
Michigan 118 Down Down
Indiana 113.5 Up Up
Auburn 111 Up Up
USC 83 Down Down
Stanford 78.5 Down Down
Ohio St 66 Down /
Arizona 52 / Down
South Carolina 36
Pitt 31
Miami 31
Virginia Tech 28.5
BYU 27
Wisconsin 25 / Down
Minnesota 18
UNC 16
Air Force 16
Cleveland St 15
Oakland 13
Texas A&M 12
George Washington 11
Utah 9
UNLV 9
Princeton 8 Down  /
Duke 7
Penn 6
LSU 6
Hawaii 5
Georgia Tech 5
Purdue 3
Virginia 3
Iowa 2
Harvard 2
Penn St 2
ASU 0 Down  /
Notre Dame 0 Down  /
Denver 0

SUMMARY:

The Texas Longhorns bring back the most A-finalists, with 6 ups. They also have the highest number of total finalists, bringing back 8 overall. The Texas men are in position to defend their NCAA title.

The battle for the rest of the top 5 spots behind the Longhorns could get interesting. Cal and Florida are separated by 16 points right now, with the Golden Bears sitting in 2nd. Cal has 4 ups and 1 down, while the Gators have 1 up and 2 down. However, Florida has Mitch D’Arrigo and Arthur Frayler with the potential to get top 8 points in the mile.

NC State has a 35 point lead on Georgia, but if they hold their seeds from this morning, the Wolfpack should be able to keep themselves ahead of the Bulldogs. NC State has 4 ups to Georgia’s 3 ups and 3 downs, but Georgia has nobody in the mile and NC State is projected to have 1 up, 1 down.

Alabama could potentially move into the top 5 as well. They’re 19 points behind Georgia, and bring back 3 ups and 2 downs to finals. They’d have to perform well in their races to make up the ground and pull ahead.

Team Score After Day 3 Individual Projected Up/Downs 400 FR-R 1650 Projected Total Burned Swims
Texas 366 6/0 6/2. Up 2/0 13
Cal 271 4/1. 4/1. Up 13
Florida 255 1/2. 1/2. Up 0/2 8
NC State 197 4/2. 4/0 Up 1/1. 9
Georgia 162 2/0 3/3. Up 11
Tennessee 152 1/1. 1/0 Down 3
Alabama 143 1/4. 3/2. Up 7
Missouri 140 1/1. 2/1. Down 6
Louisville 134.5 1/2. 1/1. Down 5
Michigan 118 1/1. 1/2. Down 1/0 9
Indiana 113.5 2/3. 1/4. Up 9
Auburn 111 4/1. 1/1. Up 9
USC 83 1/2. 1/3. Down
Stanford 78.5 0/4 0/2 Down 1/1.
Ohio St 66 0/1 /
Arizona 52 0/1 0/1 Down 0/1
South Carolina 36 0/1 1/1.
Pitt 31
Miami 31
Virginia Tech 28.5 1/0 1/1.
BYU 27 0/1 1/0
Wisconsin 25 0/1 Down 1/0
Minnesota 18 0/1
UNC 16 0/1
Air Force 16
Cleveland St 15
Oakland 13
Texas A&M 12 0/1
George Washington 11
Utah 9 0/1
UNLV 9
Princeton 8
Duke 7
Penn 6 1/0
LSU 6
Hawaii 5
Georgia Tech 5
Purdue 3
Virginia 3 1/0 1/0
Iowa 2 0/1
Harvard 2
Penn St 2
Yale 0 1/0 0/2 0/1
ASU 0 0/1
Notre Dame 0 0/1
Denver 0

 

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