For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims at the NCAA National Championships, swimmers and divers qualify for one of two finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, and places 9 through 16, the B final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time, or score the most diving points, of any heat in the final.
With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups,” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, “Down” to swimmers in the B final.
Denison and NYU came out swinging on Friday morning, with 7 and 6 finalists, respectively. For the Big Red it was even better than expected, and accounted for an additional 33 points over the psych sheet. Johns Hopkins also outscored their seedings, by 23 points. Cal Lutheran, Nebraska Wesleyan, and St. Thomas were all in positive territory vis-à-vis expectations. Interestingly, 16 different teams will score in diving.
Men’s Ups/Downs – Day 3
Note: while the 800 free relay is included here in ups/downs, it is misleading in that it is a timed final, not a prelims/finals race. The 8 fastest-seeded teams coming into the meet are the “ups” that will swim in tonight’s final; the “downs” are the 8 fastest performances from this morning’s session. However, some of the “downs” might actually wind up in the top 8.
Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …