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 two leaders on the men’s side, Keiser and SCAD, solidified their positions on Saturday morning, each doing better than their seeding would have suggested. Keiser will enter tonight’s final with 11 A-finalists and 6 B-finalists. The Seahawks loaded up the 200 back and 200 fly, qualifying three swimmers in each of those A finals for an extra 28 points vis-à-vis the psych sheet. SCAD out-performed expectations in the 100 free and 200 fly; they will be the only team with two entrants in the A final of the free, which could make the timed final of the 400 free relay exciting.
In the battle for third place, Cumberlands, St. Thomas, and Milligan are still jockeying for position, but barring any relay DQs, they seem to have sorted out their positioning.
The most exciting battle of the night will be among Midland, Olivet Nazarene, and St. Ambrose, who are separated by only about 3 points and vying for the seventh spot behind Lindsey Wilson, who has a lock on sixth.
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 …