2024 W. NCAAs: Day 3 Up/Downs Sees Texas Swimmers Close the Gap

2024 WOMEN’S NCAA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

DIVING UPDATE: The Longhorns added two more A finalists in 3-meter diving, going 1-2 on the board for a 37-point boost.

Thanks to SwimSwam’s Andrew Mering for compiling this data.

A great morning from the Texas Longhorns, including a 2-3-4 finish in the 100 fly, has them scored to finish with the most individual swimming points on Friday evening in Athens.

The Longhorns are scheduled for 11 swims, plus diving and relays, in the evening session, with 5 going into A-Finals and 6 going into B-Finals. The Texas depth is the difference-maker on the day: while 1st-place Virginia (5/2) and 2nd-place Florida (5/0) have the same number of A-Finalists, the Texas women have more B-Finalists than either.

Combined with a strong diving crew, the Longhorns should be able to make up some ground on Virginia and likely surpass Florida in the evening session.

Virginia is still in the driver’s seat, though. Their hypothetical morning prelims scoring of 101.5 is +9 versus their seed in those events, while Texas’ is -1. The Longhorns had to make up about 100 points on paper between seed changes and diving at this meet to beat Virginia.

Florida also had a good morning (+12 on paper), while Stanford continues to exceed expectations with a +10.5.

The Data

FRIDAY FINALS HEAT SHEETS

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 and divers in the A final, “Down” to B finalists.

TEAM SCORES AFTER DAY 2

  1. Virginia – 210.5
  2. Florida – 163
  3. Texas – 141
  4. Stanford – 105
  5. Tennessee – 104
  6. Louisville – 99
  7. Southern California – 94
  8. Indiana – 87
  9. Michigan – 80.5
  10. Georgia – 75
  11. Ohio St – 61
  12. California – 59
  13. NC State – 50
  14. Wisconsin – 40
  15. UNC – 34
  16. Duke – 33
  17. Texas A&M – 26
  18. Utah – 14
  19. Minnesota – 13
  20. (tie) Auburn / Alabama – 12
  21. Arizona St – 11
  22. (tie) Rutgers / Virginia Tech / LSU – 6
  23. Northwestern – 4
  24. Kansas – 3
  25. Akron – 1

Team Scoring Based on Friday Prelims

Women
1. Texas: 137.5
2. Virginia: 103.5
3. Florida: 73.5
4. Stanford: 67.0
5. Tennessee: 67.0
6. Indiana: 48.0
7. NC State: 42.0
8. USC: 41.0
9. Ohio State: 35.5
10. Texas A&M: 35.0
11. Cal: 33.0
12. UCLA: 32.0
13. North Carolina: 31.5
14. Michigan: 26.0
15. Auburn: 24.5
16. Purdue: 21.0
17. Wisconsin: 17.0
18. Minnesota: 16.0
19. LSU: 14.0
20. Southern Illinois: 12.0
21. Louisville: 10.5
22. Florida State: 8.0
23. Alabama: 6.0
24. Georgia: 6.0
25. Cincinnati: 5.0
26. Miami (FL): 4.0
27. Northwestern: 3.0
28. Notre Dame: 3.0
29. Arkansas: 2.0
30. Utah: 2.0
31. Miami (OH): 1.5
32. Akron: 1.0
33. Houston: 1.0
34. Kansas: 1.0

Finals Seeded Team Scoring By Event

Team 400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free 100 Breast 100 Back 3 mtr Diving
Texas 6.5 48 6 28 13 36
UVA 29 20 14 24 3.5 13
Florida 31 13.5 29 0 0 0
Stanford 30 17 20 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 0 22 29 16 0
Indiana 0 0 20 0 17 11
NC State 0 9 0 0 33 0
USC 0 0 16 16 9 0
Ohio State 0 2.5 4 26 3 0
Texas A&M 4 0 11 0 11 9
California 7 11 0 0 15 0
UCLA 21 0 0 0 0 11
UNC 0 7 0 4 3.5 17
Michigan 6 0 8 0 0 12
Auburn 0 13.5 0 11 0 0
Purdue 0 0 0 0 0 21
Wisconsin 3 0 0 0 14 0
Minnesota 16 0 0 0 0 0
LSU 0 0 0 0 0 14
SIU 0 0 0 0 12 0
Louisville 0 8.5 2 0 0 0
Florida St 0 0 0 3 0 5
Alabama 0 0 0 6 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 6 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 5 0 0
Miami (FL) 0 4 0 0 0 0
Northwestern 0 0 3 0 0 0
Notre Dame 0 0 0 0 0 3
Arkansas 0 0 0 2 0 0
Utah 0 0 0 0 0 2
Miami (Ohio) 1.5 0 0 0 0 0
Akron 0 1 0 0 0 0
Houston 0 0 0 1 0 0
Kansas 0 0 0 0 0 1

Day 3 Up/Downs

Team All 400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free 100 Breast 100 Back 3 mtr Diving
Texas 7/6 0/2 3/0 0/1 2/0 0/3 2/0
UVA 6/2 2/0 1/0 1/0 1/1 0/1 1/0
Florida 5/0 2/0 1/0 2/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Stanford 4/2 2/0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0/0
Tennessee 3/2 0/0 0/0 1/1 1/1 1/0 0/0
Ohio State 2/3 0/0 0/1 0/1 2/0 0/1 0/0
Texas A&M 2/2 0/1 0/0 1/0 0/0 1/0 0/1
California 2/1 0/1 1/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0
NC State 2/1 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2/0 0/0
USC 2/1 0/0 0/0 1/0 1/0 0/1 0/0
Auburn 2/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
Indiana 3/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 1/0 1/0
Michigan 1/3 0/1 0/0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1/0
UNC 1/3 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/1 1/0
UCLA 1/3 1/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/2
Wisconsin 1/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0
LSU 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0
Minnesota 1/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
SIU 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0
Louisville 0/3 0/0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0
Florida St 0/2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/1
Miami (Ohio) 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Miami (FL) 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Akron 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Northwestern 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0
Alabama 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Cincinnati 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Arkansas 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Houston 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Georgia 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Kansas 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1
Utah 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1

Projected Day 3 Scores

If relay seeds hold, here are the projected results at the conclusion of Day 3:

Team Day 2 Actual Day 3 Scored Prelims Day 3 Projected Rank
Virginia 210.5 143 353.5
Texas 141 167.5 308.5
Florida 163 105.5 268.5
Tennessee 104 101 205
Stanford 105 69 174
USC 94 69 163
Indiana 87 56 143
Ohio State 61 59.5 120.5
Louisville 99 20.5 119.5
Cal 59 59 118
NC State 50 64 114
Michigan 80.5 26 106.5
Georgia 75 6 81
Texas A&M 26 53 79
Wisconsin 40 29 69
North Carolina 34 31 65
Auburn 12 38.5 50.5
Duke 33 4 37
UCLA 0 32 32
Minnesota 13 16 29
Alabama 12 12 24
Purdue 0 21 21
LSU 6 14 20
Utah 14 2 16
Southern Illinois 0 12 12
Arizona State 11 0 11
Florida State 0 8 8
Northwestern 4 3 7
Rutgers 6 0 6
Virginia Tech 6 0 6
Cincinnati 0 5 5
Kansas 3 1 4
Miami (FL) 0 4 4
Akron 1 1 2
Arkansas 0 2 2
Miami (OH) 0 1.5 1.5
Houston 0 1 1

 

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Diehard
2 months ago

Hope SwimSwam does a study after both meets if there was a trend (good or bad) of wearing suits for all dual meets! I remember the first team to wear suits all the time was Missouri. I don’t even know if they have any men or women at either NCs, but it definitely hasn’t gotten them to a higher level!! The biggest proponent this year was ASU and their women definitely didn’t have another gear this week! We don’t know for sure if it is because they wore tech suits all the time or what! Meets might be “faster” but if it hurts the end of the year, is it worth it?

Swim Fan
Reply to  Diehard
2 months ago

Why would it make them slower?

RealSlimThomas
2 months ago

Has there ever been in instance where a men’s and women’s program from the same school won NCAAs? In recent years I can only think maybe Missy Franklin years at Cal, but it was around the time when Texas was arguably at peak dominance.

texasswammer
Reply to  RealSlimThomas
2 months ago

I believe Arizona in 2008

swim4fun
Reply to  RealSlimThomas
2 months ago

Auburn did it 4 times in the 2000s

HereForTheMems
Reply to  RealSlimThomas
2 months ago

Auburn – 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
Arizona 2008
Cal – 2011, 2012

historyteacher
Reply to  RealSlimThomas
2 months ago

Texas was the first to win men and women’s national championships – 1981 or 1982.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
2 months ago

You forgot to take into account the women’s 4 x 100 medley relay.

chickenlamp
2 months ago

Texas has two divers in the A-final while neither of Florida’s divers made it back. Texas will move into second tonight (baring something drastic like a relay DQ). Still don’t see them getting past Virginia, but they can make it much closer this year than previous.

Swimmerj
2 months ago

Lizzy Kaye kind of serving for the Hoos. She made A-final for diving after making her first B-final last night. As Alex said in her 200 IM post-race interview with Beisel, “the hoos are here, baby.”

ACC fan
2 months ago

Can we pls get the final projected scores instead of having to add them ourselves?;

ACC fan
Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

Why all the down votes? This used to be common practice?

wethorn
2 months ago

Texas divers in 1st and 2nd after 4 rounds. UVA diver in 6th.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
2 months ago

Ahem!

Alex Walsh is not going to lose the W 400 IM not after the dominant W 200 IM performance.

NCAAs will be closer this year
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
2 months ago

There could be 3-4 swimmers under 4:00 tonight. Drag race the last 50!

ACC fan
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
2 months ago

Weyant will catch AW on the last 50

iLikePsych
Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

Weyant is swimming great and I fully expect she’ll get far under 4:00. But Walsh is also swimming great and I’ll predict a 3:55 if not a 3:54.

I could see that happening this summer, however.

swimgeek
Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

Not in SCY

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

PB – 400 IM (SCY)
E. Weyant – 4:00.98
A. Walsh – 3:57.24

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  ACC fan
2 months ago

More like eat my wake.

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