2019 NCAA Men’s Division I Psych Sheets Posted

The official psych sheets for the 2019 Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships have been released. The cut line is in the middle of line 31, meaning all of the 30th-ranked athletes got in, while a handful of 31st ranks made the invite cut as well.

A few key changes have shaken up our invite projections a bit. First of all, Texas has already culled its swimming entries down a bit. We had 20 Texas swimmers projected to make the invite cut, which would go over the NCAA roster cap of 18. It appears Texas has cut freshman Andrew Koustik and junior Josh ArtmannWe had Koustik projected to make the invite cut in the 200 fly, but he was the team’s lowest invited seed at 28th. Artmann was projected 25th in the 200 back. Texas did choose to keep 27th-seeded 500 freestyler JohnThomas Larson on the roster, along with 24th-seeded 200 flyer Max Holter and 24th-seeded miler Jack Collins.

Texas will have to make more cuts in the coming weeks, though. They’ve qualified 3 divers for NCAAs already through the Zone D Championships. Divers count as half a roster spot, so Texas will need to either cut 2 more swimmers or 1 swimmer and 1 diver.

The other factor shaking up our projections is the addition of Penn State sophomore Gabriel Castano to the psych sheet in the 50 free. He wasn’t included in an earlier draft of the psych sheet, but is ranked 12th with a time put up at the Big Ten Championships. His inclusion bumped out Alabama’s Sam Disette and Harvard’s Raphael Marcoux, who were tied for 30th but are now tied for 31st. Those two are the second and third alternates, behind Alabama’s Nicholas Perera, whom we had projected as an alternate.

Here’s a simplified look at what the last minute switchups (Texas’s two scratches and the addition of Castano) did to our invite projections:

Now In Now Out
Gabriel Castano, Penn State, 50 free
Sam Disette, Alabama, 50 free
Daniil Antipov, Grand Canyon, 200 fly
Raphael Marcoux, Harvard, 50 free
Daniel Graber, NC State, 100 breast
Josh Artmann, Texas, 200 back
Keefer Barnum, Virginia, 200 breast
Andrew Koustik, Texas, 200 fly

Alabama’s Perera is almost a lock to get in as an alternate, with two more Texas cuts likely coming to make room for divers. The second alternate spot is a tie between Marcoux and Disette. The NCAA pre-championships manual says that a tie-break would come down to each swimmer’s second-highest-ranked event on the pre-cut psych sheets – using that time, the NCAA will calculate the percentage of that time to the “A” standard, with the swimmer closest to the A standard getting the invite.

Marcoux has two more swims on the precut psych sheets, a 42.9 in the 100 free and 46.4 in the 100 fly. Disette has no other entry times listed, and his 100 free and 100 fly times are slower than Marcoux. That would suggest that Marcoux is the second alternate, and very likely to be called up to the NCAA meet when Texas makes their scratches.

You can see our full psych sheet scoring breakdown here.

45 teams had athletes get invited in swimming. Texas leads with 18 (currently). Florida has 15 swimming invitees, Cal has 14, Missouri, Virginia and Stanford 12 each and Michigan and NC State 11 each. Indiana is the other double-digit invite team with 10.

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JP input is too short
2 years ago

I wondered why Castano wasn’t on a first sheet. 19.2 is legit scoring chance.

Coach M
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

19.2 is real close to get into a final and then maybe even top 5

WV Swimmer
Reply to  Coach M
2 years ago

19.2 wont even make B-final…not sure what year you’re living in

Boomcobson
Reply to  Coach M
2 years ago

you’re about 15 years to late with your expectations 19.2 barely b finals anymore

working swim mom
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

Something isn’t right. They added Castano, but then removed the other Penn State sophomore who made a finals at big 10s from the psych sheet. He wasn’t going to get an invite, but why remove him? Do teams scratch swimmers from the psych sheet if they know they aren’t going to get an invite?

JP input is too short
Reply to  working swim mom
2 years ago

Who are you talking about? The only two PSU guys that look like they should have gotten an invite are Castano and Daly and they’re both invited…

Admin
Reply to  working swim mom
2 years ago

Working Swim Mom – this is only the list of the invited swimmers, the non-invited swimmers have been cut. Everyone below the invited line is someone who qualified in another event and is swimming that event with a “B” standard.

working swim mom
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Braden, thank you for the explanation.

Reid
2 years ago

What decides the tiebreak between Disette and Marcoux when it inevitably comes to that?

SVIRD
2 years ago

Interesting how Indiana has less swimming invitees than like 5 teams they are expected to vastly outscore in swimming.

Caleb
Reply to  SVIRD
2 years ago

Didn’t one of the Dolan-era Michigan teams win with a 7-man squad? What’s the next smallest team to win?

gator
2 years ago

PREDICTION: all NCAA A finalists will qualify with 18.xx swims

googoodoll
Reply to  gator
2 years ago

Agree

Caleb
Reply to  gator
2 years ago

Nah… there are certainly more than 8 people who can all break 19, but I don’t think they’ll do it at the same time, especially in a morning prelim swim. But it’ll be tight… ~19.06 for top 8, ~19.18 for consols.

JP input is too short
Reply to  gator
2 years ago

Could be. Howard, Jackson, Sendyk, Decoursey all under so far this year. Becker, Ress, Hoffer, Apple, Sendyk have been before. Borges and Sorensen’s 19.1 bests were from midseason. I don’t feel like Dobbs was fully tapped out for Pac-12s. And of course there in the Dean.

Swammer
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

Then there’s Ress who’s been 18 and Nyls who may be just a freshman but should drop and molacek. I know there all state people but they are fast sprinters and you didn’t mention them. DONT call me DIEHARD NCState fan.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

I did mention Ress.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

But what about Ress? He’s been 18 before.

eagleswim
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

but why male models?

Swammer
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 years ago

Touché

ACC
2 years ago

Scored out with top relay times from this year, not including diving:
California 406
Indiana 355
Texas 280
NC State 256
Florida 243
Michigan 236
Louisville 196
Alabama 196
Missouri 151
Ohio St 134

Swimdaddy
Reply to  ACC
2 years ago

Meaningless post

sven
Reply to  Swimdaddy
2 years ago

Not entirely. It will give context after the meet when comparing which teams performed well against their seed and which didn’t, what impact diving had, etc. Certainly relevant information.

hambone
Reply to  Swimdaddy
2 years ago

Ya, divedaddy

ACC
Reply to  Swimdaddy
2 years ago

I mean obviously that’s not how it’s actually gonna look. But I just did it for fun and thought someone else might find it interesting.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  ACC
2 years ago

Waaayyyy too much free time on your hands.

ACC
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Eh, took me like 15 minutes. I just copy/pasted in excel.

R&R
Reply to  ACC
2 years ago

Ignore the haters, ACC. Thank you for allocating your time to this. 🙂

Bayliss
Reply to  ACC
2 years ago

Dean Farris >9000

Horninco
Reply to  ACC
2 years ago

Yeah. Texas is doomed. Haas will finish 7th, 14th and 16th

USCTrojans
2 years ago

Noticed USC’s Alexei Sancov is no longer on the list, despite being right near the cutoff line. Harbinger of more bad news to come?

Admin
Reply to  USCTrojans
2 years ago

No, he just didn’t make the cut.

DLSwim
Reply to  USCTrojans
2 years ago

It seems that USC didn’t have a good year, for some reason.

a_trojan
Reply to  DLSwim
2 years ago

a little biased, but most of the big names have gone nice PRs this year – Vissering, Grissom, Miljenic, Valente, Koenigsberger. Mulcare hasn’t but was a fast 1:38 mid-season. Johannson (freshman) had a nice 500 at Pac-12s. I’d say the only big name who hasn’t looked good is Sancov.

The problem is they lost 4 A-final sprinter types from last season – impossible to replace.

a_trojan
Reply to  DLSwim
2 years ago

Pro-Troy guy here – Most of the USC big guys swam nice PRs this year – Vissering, Grissom, Valente, Miljenic, Koenisberger and Mulcare swam a very fast 1:38 midseason. Sancov was a disappointment but overall can’t complain.

James
2 years ago

I wonder if a swimmer on Texas ever questions if it was worth it being a qualifier who still gets cut from going to the NCAA’s?

SVIRD
Reply to  James
2 years ago

Texas is going on a 5-peat (and has been good way longer than that), so it’s kinda been the deal there for awhile now. On one hand it would be intense and probably really fun to train with a team that deep on a daily basis, but the flip side is you potentially get cut from NC’s even with an invite.

It is what it is. At Texas (or similarly stacked teams) the only way for a swimmer to guarantee an NCAA spot is to swim fast enough to seed a scoring position. Everybody knows the deal. I’m sure it drives some healthy inter-team competition.

SwimGeek
Reply to  SVIRD
2 years ago

There are no “similarly stacked teams.” There’s not another team in the country leaving home qualifiers. It’s entirely unique to Texas (at least this year — and most years)

Swimmer
Reply to  James
2 years ago

Maybe wouldn’t have made it if they went somewhere else

Wethorn
Reply to  James
2 years ago

Despite the pursuit of consecutive title #5, this is the first time they’ve overqualified during that run.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Wethorn
2 years ago

I thought they had to drop somebody last year for divers?

Swimmer
Reply to  Wethorn
2 years ago

It happend more than once actually

Wethorn
Reply to  Wethorn
2 years ago

I learned Texas had to leave 1 qualified swimmer in 2016 during the current run.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Wethorn
2 years ago

They left home a breaststroke’s one year when they were over qualified. The guy from Israel. Can’t remember his name.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

Imri Gamiel was left off one year 2015?

Swimmer
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
2 years ago

Yeah I think he was seeded 25th or 26th

Nonrevhoofan
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

John Cann in the dinosaur era was a welcome addition to UVa. Thanks Longhorns.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  James
2 years ago

They especially hate it when one of the qualifiers bombs — Schooling’s 200 fly of misery or Clark Smith’s disaster 500/1650 the one year.

DLSwim
2 years ago

I don’t know how others feel about this, but it seems to me that the A-cuts are so hard that they don’t really mean much. I think the maximum number of A-cuts is in the 200 breast, with 10, and then there’s the other extreme, the 400 IM, where there are no swimmers entered with A-cuts. Most events have around 5-6. In an ideal world, I would imagine the A-cut time to be at around the 16th qualifier; in other words, all swimmers that are likely to score points.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  DLSwim
2 years ago

Only thing the mean (to me), is if you’re stud enough to get them in December, you can have a committed plan to train through conference and peak at NCAAs, and not have to swim 5 200 flys in one week.

Superfan
Reply to  DLSwim
2 years ago

I think the intent is lower than 16th and more like 8th! Just my guess.

Swimmer
Reply to  DLSwim
2 years ago

I think that even though the 200 breast had the most A cuts, it was still the easiest event to qualify for. 1.54.0 is over 6 seconds from the NCAA record.

Swammer
Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Or it means Will Licon was that far ahead of his time

Swimmer
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

Not really, considering all the other guys who went 2.00-2.01 in SCM over the years. 1.47.9 is probably around these times.

Anonymous
Reply to  DLSwim
2 years ago

I think this is an especially important point when deciding who gets in on the last line. Sprinters have an inherent advantage over distance swimmers because they can crank 5 50s in a weekend until they sneak under by a hair, while people in the 4 IM really have 3 chances max without sacrificing themselves to the swim gods.

JP input is too short
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

And this is why time trials and last chance meets for guys that specialize in the 200s of stroke makes sense.

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