2022 Men’s NCAA Day 3 Ups/Downs: Texas Clings To Half-Point Projected Lead

2022 NCAA DIVISION I 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 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 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.

The University of Texas men came out of Thursday night’s finals session holding a slim 21-point advantage on Florida, with Cal lurking one point back of the Gators.

Texas has been swimming lights out, but was dealt a few blows on Day 2, including failing to record any diving points and ‘A’ finalist Cameron Auchinachie getting disqualified in the 50 free. To finish off the session, the Longhorns took third behind Florida and Cal in a scintillating 200 free relay.

SCORES THRU DAY 2

  1. Texas, 180.0
  2. Florida, 159.0
  3. Cal, 158.0
  4. NC State, 124.0
  5. Arizona State, 111.0
  6. Georgia, 100.0
  7. Stanford, 94.0
  8. Indiana, 78.0
  9. Virginia, 70.5
  10. Virginia Tech, 69.0
  11. Ohio State, 56.0
  12. Arizona, 48.0
  13. Louisville, 46.0
  14. Alabama / Harvard, 41.0
  15. LSU, 36.0
  16. Michigan, 24.0
  17. Texas A&M, 20.0
  18. Tennessee, 17.5
  19. Purdue, 16.0
  20. Columbia, 15.0
  21. UNC, 11.0
  22. Auburn, 8.0
  23. Princeton, 5.0
  24. Minnesota / SMU, 4.0
  25. Utah, 2.0
  26. Georgia Tech, 1.0

The Golden Bears’ strongest day of the meet comes on Saturday, but they started to make a move this morning by putting seven men up into ‘A’ finals and 12 total into scoring position. That includes putting two men into the championship heat of the 400 IM, 100 breast and 100 back.

In fact, Cal is projected to score 102 points in those three events alone, which is more than Texas’ projected total for all five swimming events (100.5).

The Longhorns were initially projected to score 102.5 points based on prelim results, but Alvin Jiang scratched the 100 back consolation final where he had finished 14th (45.17). Jiang will turn his focus to the 100 fly, where he was 13th this morning in 45.00.

With Jiang’s 100 back scratch, Virginia Tech’s Forest Webb and Auburn’s Aidan Stoffle avoid a swim-off and both move into the ‘B’ final after initially tying for 16th in 45.36.

The swim-off that did happen came in the 100 breast, where VT’s AJ Pouch (51.92) beat Louisville’s Denis Petrashov (52.44) to snag the 16th spot in the consolation final. Pouch actually matched the time he and Petrashov went in the heats exactly.

With Webb and Pouch earning second swims, Virginia Tech will pick up some valuable points tonight as the H20kies are currently in a tight battle for a top-10 finish.

DAY 3 UPS/DOWNS*

*not currently including diving

Credit to Andrew Mering for running the numbers.

All 400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free 100 Breast 100 Back
3 mtr Diving
California 7/5 2/1 0/1 1/1 2/0 2/2 0/0
Texas 5/5 3/0 0/2 1/2 1/0 0/1 0/0
Florida 4/2 1/1 0/0 1/1 1/0 1/0 0/0
NC State 4/0 0/0 2/0 1/0 0/0 1/0 0/0
Louisville 3/1 0/0 1/0 1/0 0/1 1/0 0/0
Indiana 2/3 0/0 1/1 0/1 0/0 1/1 0/0
Georgia 2/1 0/1 1/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Arizona State 2/0 1/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Harvard 2/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0
Stanford 1/3 0/1 1/0 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0
VT 1/3 0/0 1/1 0/0 0/1 0/1 0/0
Ohio State 1/2 0/0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1/0 0/0
Alabama 1/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/1 0/0
Arizona 1/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
LSU 1/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
USC 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
Minnesota 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
Tennessee 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
Michigan 0/2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Missouri 0/2 0/0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0
Auburn 0/2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/1 0/0
Wisconsin 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
UVA 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Princeton 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Penn 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Towson 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
ND 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Northwestern 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
GT 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0

PROJECTED SCORING BREAKDOWN

California Texas Florida Indiana NC State Louisville Georgia Stanford Arizona State Harvard VT Ohio State Minnesota Alabama USC Arizona Missouri LSU Tennessee Towson Wisconsin Michigan Penn Princeton Auburn Northwestern GT ND UVA
400 IM 33.0 49.0 16.0 0 0 0 6.0 4.0 14.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 0 0 0 0 9.0 3.0 0 7.0 0 0 0 0 2.0
100 Fly 1.0 6.0 0.0 24.0 25.0 13.0 16.0 20.0 0.0 12.0 22.0 7.0 0 0 0 0.0 3.0 0 0 0 0.0 6.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0
200 Free 19.0 26.5 19.0 7.0 14.0 12.0 17.0 1.5 16.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 0 0 0 0.0 9.0 11.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0
100 Breast 32.0 16.0 13.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 20.0 14.0 12.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 11.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 7.0 0.0 4.5 4.5 3.0 2.0 0.0
100 Back 37.0 3.0 17.0 27.0 16.0 14.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 13.0 1.5 11.0 0.0 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
3 mtr Diving 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

In outscoring Texas by 21.5 points (projected) this morning, Cal nearly erases their entire deficit to the Longhorns coming out of last night’s finals, leaving them just half a point shy of the team lead.

Finals placings, diving results and the 400 medley relay will all play a factor in changing the actual difference between the two teams at night’s end, but there’s no question the Bears had a big prelim showing that sets them up for a championship run over the next three sessions.

Florida is now projected to sit in a distant third after Friday night finals, but are still well clear of fourth-place NC State.

The battle for fifth is also heating up with Arizona State, Georgia, Indiana and Stanford all projected to finish the night within 12.5 points of one another. IU should get a big boost on diving as well.

DAY 3 SCORED PRELIMS

  1. Cal, 122.0
  2. Texas, 100.5
  3. Florida, 65.0
  4. Indiana, 58.0
  5. NC State, 55.0
  6. Louisville, 45.0
  7. Georgia, 39.0
  8. Stanford, 34.5
  9. Arizona State, 30.0
  10. Harvard, 25.0
  11. Virginia Tech, 24.5
  12. Ohio State, 21.0
  13. Minnesota, 20.0
  14. Alabama, 19.0
  15. USC / Arizona / Missouri, 12.0
  16. LSU / Tennessee, 11.0
  17. Towson / Wisconsin/ Michigan, 9.0
  18. Penn / Princeton, 7.0
  19. Auburn, 6.0
  20. Northwestern, 4.5
  21. Georgia Tech, 3.0
  22. Notre Dame / Virginia, 2.0

DAY 3 SCORED PRELIMS + ACTUAL SCORES

  1. Texas, 280.5
  2. Cal, 280.0
  3. Florida, 224.0
  4. NC State, 179.0
  5. Arizona State, 141.0
  6. Georgia, 139.0
  7. Indiana, 136.0
  8. Stanford, 128.5
  9. Virginia Tech, 93.5
  10. Louisville, 91.0
  11. Ohio State, 77.0
  12. Virginia, 72.5
  13. Harvard, 66.0
  14. Arizona / Alabama, 60.0
  15. LSU, 47.0
  16. Michigan, 33.0
  17. Tennessee, 28.5
  18. Minnesota, 24.0
  19. Texas A&M, 20.0
  20. Purdue, 16.0
  21. Columbia, 15.0
  22. Auburn, 14.0
  23. Princeton / USC / Missouri, 12.0
  24. UNC, 11.0
  25. Towson / Wisconsin, 9.0
  26. Penn, 7.0
  27. Northwestern, 4.5
  28. SMU / Georgia Tech, 4.0
  29. Notre Dame / Utah, 2.0

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Aquajosh
3 months ago

Florida is 5/2. Leo Garcia is in the 3m final

pete kennedy
3 months ago

It appears the Big 10 is not living up to expectations, especially Michigan.
Missouri is also disappointing. Sorry to see this.

Susan in North Bend
3 months ago

Cal’s swim program has dominated for years. Teams relying on diving to catch Cal’s swimming are taking a big risk. We are seeing that again this year.

HornsDown
3 months ago

Texas diver finishes 9th by .25!!! Hopefully other divers can push him down during the consolation finals. Diving isn’t saving Texas this year! Eddie should of stay retired! Go Bears!!

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  HornsDown
3 months ago

Your crow will be served cold on Saturday evening – See ya then!

HornsDown
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
3 months ago

If Cal finishes 2nd, they can hold their head high with integrity. If Texas wins, this a stain to their championship titles because they to choose to suspend and protect a individual who is being investigated by FBI and SafeSport instead of kicking him off the team. They lost all credibility with me after that.

1650 Onetrick
Reply to  HornsDown
3 months ago

waitwaitwait… what?

Swimfan
Reply to  HornsDown
3 months ago

Has he been found guilty?

yardfan
Reply to  HornsDown
3 months ago

And YOU need to learn to write.

Mike Hoge
3 months ago

Florida needs to build a new natatorium to compete at the top

Aquajosh
Reply to  Mike Hoge
3 months ago

My guess is that when the world-class aquatics center opens in Ocala later this year, UF will coopt it as its “home pool” for bids to host SECs and NCAAs and use the O’Dome for training and dual meets until they can get the boosters to empty those deep pockets for a dedicated natatorium.

Waterbear13
3 months ago

USC is looking to score 12 points tonight in the 100 Breast. That may be their only swimming points of the meet. Lea Mauer was looking like a solid replacement as head coach last week following the women’s meet. Now, I’m wondering again if they would ever consider splitting the program and give Lea the women’s head job, while looking for a new men’s coach.

Admin
Reply to  Waterbear13
3 months ago

A lot of USC alumni are asking for this. I think we’ve gotta remember that the women’s team was in way better shape than the men’s team coming into the year.

1001pools
3 months ago

We need a better evening tonight, Longhorns! Bring that Wednesday evening speed and dominance back for some Friday night Lights Out swimming.

Thomas
3 months ago

Crazy Texas has no swimmers in the A final of the 100fly. I remember a recent year where they had 6!

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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