The pre-selection psych sheets for the 2016 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships have been released, and while these sheets do not guarantee anyone’s qualification to the NCAA Championships, they do serve a function of giving an idea of where top swimmers are entering for the meet.
Actual meet invites are much tighter in Division II than in any other division, in part because swimmers are allowed to race 4 individual events as compared to the 3-race maximum in Division I and Division III. Last year, the men’s cut line fell at either 14 or 15 per event, and the women’s cut line was at 16 or 17 per event.
Note that some swimmers, including some of the best in the country from the defending champions at Queens University, are over-entered and will have to reduce their load to 4 individual races before the meet starts.
Highlight entry lists:
- West Florida’s Theresa Michalak, a former University of Florida Gator, is the top seed in the 200 IM, the #3 seed in the 100 fly, and the #44 seed in the 100 breast. She is the German National Record holder in the 100 and 200 IM in short course meters and a former European Champion in the 100 IM.
- Queens’ Nick Arakelian is entered in the 500/1000/1650 frees, the 200 breast, and the 400 IM. He is the defending NCAA Champion in all of those races besides the 200 breast, which is his lowest seed this year and the race he’s most likely to drop.
- The Division’s best breaststroker, Anton Lobanov from Nova Southeastern, is entered again in the 100 breaststroke, the 200 breaststroke, and the 50 free. He didn’t score in the 50 last year, but set NCAA Records in both the 100 and the 200.
- Queens junior Patricia Castro Ortega is entered in the 100//500 freestyles, the 200 fly, and the 200/400 IMs. Last year, she entered, won, and set NCAA D2 Records in the 100 free, 500 free, 200 IM, and 200 free. she would be the top seed by a second-and-a-half in the 200 fly this year, though, and isn’t entered in the 200 free, so her lineup will change for 2016.