2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Championships: Day 4 Ups/Downs

2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

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, swimmers qualify for one of two finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final; 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 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 and “Down” to swimmers in the B final.

Day Four

It was an exciting morning in Birmingham with the 2021 NCAA Division II title on the line. Drury had pulled within 20 points of five-time defending champion Queens in the projected standings, and it looked like it could go either way. Drury inched closer after the 100 free prelims, outscoring the psych sheet by 7 points while Queens went up 3.5. The 200 back was a wash. But when the Drury breaststrokers failed to final in the 200 breast, the game was over. Barring DQs -and you know they’ll be extra careful with their relay takeoffs- Queens is poised to celebrate its sixth NCAA title in a row.

Behind the two leaders, UIndy looks safe in third place, while Lindenwood and McKendree are neck-and-neck for fourth. After Delta State, Wingate and Grand Valley are battling for seventh place.

Men’s Ups/Downs

The tables below include the top eight of the 1650 free by seed as “up” and the eight fastest out of heats this morning as “down.” Note: The two distance freestyle events are the only cases where “downs” could in fact score among the top 8, depending upon the performances of the eight fastest seeds in their final swims.

In past years, there are prelims for the relays (with the exception of the 4×200 free) in the mornings, but with the reduced field this year, the 2021 NCAA Division II Championships are swimming the relays as timed finals only. Therefore, the following projections include relays in the “ups” and “downs” by seed time.

Men’s Ups/Downs

Team Individual Events Up Individual Events Down Relays Up Relays Down
Indianapolis 6 6 1 0
Drury 5 2 1 0
Lindenwood 4 3 1 0
Queens (NC) 3 4 1 0
McKendree 3 3 1 0
Grand Valley 3 2 0 1
Delta State 2 5 0 1
Colorado Mesa 2 3 0 0
Northern Michigan 2 1 0 1
Wingate 2 0 1 0
Emmanuel 1 2 0 0
Florida Southern 1 2 0 1
Missouri S&T 1 2 0 1
Carson-Newman 1 1 0 0
Wayne State 1 0 1 0
Saginaw Valley 1 0 0 0
St. Cloud State 1 0 0 0
Texas-Permian Basin 1 0 0 0
Nova Southeastern 0 1 1 0
Henderson State 0 1 0 0
Missouri St. Louis 0 1 0 0
Saint Leo 0 1 0 0

1650 Free

Team Ups Downs Total
Grand Valley 2 0 2
Lindenwood 2 0 2
Indianapolis 1 2 3
McKendree 1 0 1
Northern Michigan 1 0 1
Wingate 1 0 1
Queens (NC) 0 2 2
Delta State 0 1 1
Drury 0 1 1
Emmanuel 0 1 1
Saint Leo 0 1 1

100 Free

Team Ups Downs Total
Drury 2 0 2
Lindenwood 1 1 2
McKendree 1 1 2
Queens (NC) 1 1 2
Carson-Newman 1 0 1
Wayne State 1 0 1
Wingate 1 0 1
Indianapolis 0 2 2
Delta State 0 1 1
Emmanuel 0 1 1
Henderson State 0 1 1

200 Back

Team Ups Downs Total
Drury 2 1 3
Delta State 2 0 2
Indianapolis 2 0 2
Florida Southern 1 1 2
St. Cloud State 1 0 1
Carson-Newman 0 1 1
Lindenwood 0 1 1
Missouri S&T 0 1 1
Missouri St. Louis 0 1 1
Northern Michigan 0 1 1
Queens (NC) 0 1 1

200 Breast

Team Ups Downs Total
Queens (NC) 2 0 2
Indianapolis 1 1 2
McKendree 1 1 2
Missouri S&T 1 1 2
Emmanuel 1 0 1
Lindenwood 1 0 1
Northern Michigan 1 0 1
Colorado Mesa 0 1 1
Delta State 0 1 1
Florida Southern 0 1 1
Grand Valley 0 1 1
Nova Southeastern 0 1 1

1-Meter Diving

Team Ups Downs Total
Colorado Mesa 2 2 4
Indianapolis 2 1 3
Grand Valley 1 1 2
Drury 1 0 1
Saginaw Valley 1 0 1
Texas-Permian Basin 1 0 1
Delta State 0 2 2
Lindenwood 0 1 1
McKendree 0 1 1

400 Free Relay

Team Ups Downs Total
Drury 1 0 1
Indianapolis 1 0 1
Lindenwood 1 0 1
McKendree 1 0 1
Nova Southeastern 1 0 1
Queens (NC) 1 0 1
Wayne State 1 0 1
Wingate 1 0 1
Delta State 0 1 1
Florida Southern 0 1 1
Grand Valley 0 1 1
Missouri S&T 0 1 1
Northern Michigan 0 1 1

Projected Standings

Team Day 3 Actual Day 4 Prelims Projected Score
Queens (NC) 456 90.5 546.5
Drury 391 123 514
Indianapolis 233 152 385
Lindenwood 237.5 99 336.5
McKendree 240 94.5 334.5
Delta State 217 72 289
Wingate 174 55 229
Grand Valley 147 62 209
Wayne State 119 34 153
Florida Southern 117 29 146
Colorado Mesa 80 54 134
Northern Michigan 83 51 134
Missouri S&T 89 29 118
Nova Southeastern 56.5 30 86.5
Emmanuel 37.5 30 67.5
Findlay 38 0 38
Carson-Newman 20 15 35
Henderson State 29 4 33
Texas-Permian Basin 9 14 23
Saint Leo 15 6 21
St. Cloud State 3 14 17
Indiana Univ of PA 15 0 15
Florida Tech 13 0 13
Lenoir-Rhyne 12 0 12
Saginaw Valley 0 12 12
Lewis 11 0 11
Fresno Pacific 7 0 7
Truman State 6.5 0 6.5
CS Mines 6 0 6
Tampa 6 0 6
Missouri St. Louis 0 3 3

 

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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 …

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