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.
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.
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.
Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom 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 …