2016 NCAA Division II Pre-Selection Psych Sheets Released

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.

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ANOTHER D2 MOM
6 years ago

What is the point of D2 A qualifying times if only about 3 to 4 swimmers qualify for the A times. The splits between the B time swimmers is so close I don’t think it is fair the way the NCAA does the invites.

BlueFish
Reply to  ANOTHER D2 MOM
6 years ago

There is nothing fair about the way NCAA Div 2 swimming does the invites. It is so flawed, its not even funny.

ANOTHER D2 MOM
Reply to  BlueFish
6 years ago

Is there no way that we can put in a formal complaint about the selecting method the NCAA uses for D2 swimming invites. Surely they can choose the best 24 or 32 times. That is the only fair way. In relays they can choose the 16 best times.

Pennsylvania Tuxedo
Reply to  ANOTHER D2 MOM
6 years ago

Another D2 Mom, that’s likely how they would do it, if there were no limits on deck space and money.

Comparing to D1 and D3 is comparing apples to oranges….Okay, maybe not apples to oranges, more like oranges to grapefruits. They look a lot alike, but are completely different.

D1 has a women’s only and a men’s only meet. More women can be invited. D2 is combined men/women. The format is also different.

D3 is combined, but in a different format. D2 allows 4 individual events and 7 total events over a 4 day prelims/finals format.

The formal complaint you are looking to make has been made over and over again by D2 coaches for years, especially on the men’s… Read more »

Pennsylvania Tuxedo
6 years ago

Back to my original question…was this a typo about the 100 IM

“West Florida’s Theresa Michalak, a former University of Florida Gator, is the top seed in the 100 IM,”

UWF Dad
Reply to  Pennsylvania Tuxedo
6 years ago

Yes she is and darn good one too.

D2 DAD
6 years ago

Good question. Why the inconsistency between D1 & 3 vs D2? The frustrating part for relays when the invite line is drawn at 9 (for men), you see ad hoc relays thrown together at NCAA’s that achieve All-American Honorable Mention status that are slower than the relays that do not get invited. I’ve heard of some schools throwing a diver on a free relay to score points, which is kind of a slap in the face to the #10 team that is left home. Not really a true national meet when relay participants are allowed to compete when they technically haven’t earned the spot. Just my thoughts.

Stephen Parsons
Reply to  D2 DAD
6 years ago

The only way I was able to compete at this meet last year was by relay invitation and our relay barely squeezed in for All-American honors. I did make my way up to 9th in the 100 free, so stranger things have happened. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me that schools organize relays with bogus athletes, however, JP is correct, DII by choice has an unique schedule and lineup. The larger number of women in the meet is represented by the fact there are more women’s only teams because of Title IX. West Florida is a prime example.

Gary
Reply to  D2 DAD
6 years ago

Divers are not and CAN NOT swim on relays.

BlueFish
Reply to  D2 DAD
6 years ago

Not only that, but relay only swimmers that get invited because their relay made it takes away from the total male/female swimmer count….

So youre telling me, that if someone gets carried to NCAA’s via a relay qualification they take away a spot from someone who was 1 spot below the cut off in an individual event?!?! COME ON… that is ridiculous.

Disclaimer: this is what I understand of the qualification process, if I am incorrect, please let me know.

Mom
Reply to  BlueFish
6 years ago

My understanding……
There are “Selected” swimmers in each event (the top 14 or 15) and “selected” teams for relays, and “Invited” swimmers (those who have B cuts in other events AND are “selected” in another event. In order for a relay swimmer to participate in an individual event, he would have to have a B cut, and it would not take a spot away from those “selected” as the top 14 or 15.

D2 Mom
6 years ago

and why is it not consistent with D1 and D3 with the 3 race maximum so that more swimmers have the chance of an invite?
I read on this website, I think, that the NCAA voted down a request to increase the number of men invited just this academic year….
do they take more women because there are more women’s programs?

JP
Reply to  D2 Mom
6 years ago

It’s a 4-race individual event max because it’s a 4-day meet and DII swims the 1000.

D2 DAD
6 years ago

With all things being “equal”, why do more women get invited to NCAA’s than men?

Pennsylvania Tuxedo
Reply to  D2 DAD
6 years ago

There are WAY more women’s swimmers in Division II than there are men in Division II

D2 DAD
Reply to  Pennsylvania Tuxedo
6 years ago

Why?

Title IX
Reply to  D2 DAD
6 years ago

Title IX=punish men

OldHilltopper
Reply to  D2 DAD
6 years ago

Football

First Alternate
Reply to  D2 DAD
6 years ago

It is because the NCAA has to equal out men and women throughout all their athletics. Certain sports (like football) only have male teams and so swimming and track and field (for example) need to take more women in order to balance that out.

Pennsylvania Tuxedo
6 years ago

100 IM?

Swammer
6 years ago

Are you sure Castro Ortega is entered in the 200 free? Her name does not appear on the list for the 200 free? Does anybody have any projections on where the invite line will fall?

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