2018 Women’s NCAA Championships: Scoring Cheat Sheets

NCAA Championship week, part 1, is finally here, and it’s time to present the official 2018 scoring cheat sheet. Based on psych sheet scoring of swimming events, below lays out how scoring would go.

Of course, scoring will not go exactly to psych sheets. Swimmers will hit tapers, miss tapers, get sick, nail their turns, and all of this will lead to team scoring variances both small and wide.

So, instead, we present this chart as a ‘scoring psych sheet.’ If you want to know how well your team is doing, if they’re hitting their taper or not, the graph and chart below will tell you.

Note: diving events come after the 50 free (1-meter), after the 100 back (3-meter), and after the 200 fly (platform).

The graph especially illuminates a few things to watch for:

  • Texas A&M makes a big move on day 4 of the meet. That big sharp jump comes in the 200 breaststroke, where the A&M are seeded to score 63 points – the single-highest event total of any team in the meet. The breaststroke also happens to be Cal’s weakest event – they’re not seeded to score any points in either distance.
  • The 2nd-highest event total is Stanford, who is seeded for 57 in the 400 IM (they have the last two American Record holders, Katie Ledecky and Ella Eastin, entered). That event should be the one where they really separate from Cal and start making their inevitable dash to the finish.
  • If Michigan is going to battle for a top 3 position with Cal and A&M, the freestyles are going to have to be their big moves. They are seeded to score 107.5 of their 180 individual points in freestyle disciplines, and specifically in the 4 longest events. That includes 45.5 seeded points in the 200 free. They should get close to A&M after that 200 free, though they too will have trouble holding on to the Aggies’ breaststroke surge later in the meet.
  • On paper, there’s clear separation between the top 4 and the rest of the top 10. Things get especially tight in the bottom-half on the final dday of competition, which is Tennessee’s weakest day. Indiana has a big day on day 3, and Texas’ diving will go a long way toward lifting them toward the top of that pile.

Total Points After Each Event, Top 10 Teams by Seed:

STANFORD CAL TEXAS A&M MICHIGAN TENNESSEE USC LOUISVILLE VIRGINIA TEXAS INDIANA
800 FR 32 34 28 40 14 24 26 30 22 4
200 FR 64 74 40 64 40 32 56 64 36 4
500 Free 104.5 74 49 88 40 32 74 64 53 4
200 IM 123.5 100 79 104 55 33 74 64 53 4
50 Free 143.5 131.5 91 104 71 34.5 75.5 77 60 4
400 MR 183.5 165.5 119 122 97 58.5 89.5 77 82 36
400 IM 240.5 178.5 149 122 103.5 58.5 89.5 77 82 36
100 Fly 249.5 203.5 154 122 123.5 75.5 102.5 77 82 43
200 Free 275.5 216.5 165 167.5 123.5 75.5 119.5 105 84 47
100 Breast 284.5 216.5 191 183.5 125.5 94 119.5 105 91 67
100 Back 316.5 238.5 202 183.5 125.5 95 119.5 105 100 74
200 MR 348.5 278.5 226 183.5 153.5 121 119.5 111 100 108
1650 Free 395.5 278.5 226 207.5 153.5 121 120.5 111 113 113.5
200 Back 433.5 298.5 240 219 153.5 121 120.5 115 113 120.5
100 Free 453.5 317.5 243 233 167.5 121 136.5 115 127 120.5
200 Breast 459.5 317.5 306 250 167.5 143 136.5 115 127 137.5
200 Fly 495.5 326.5 320 262 173.5 173 143.5 126 127 137.5
400 FR 527.5 366.5 338 290 195.5 185 173.5 160 153 137.5

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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