32 Women, 11 Men Have Hit 2018 NCAA Qualifying Times So Far This Year

As we head into the NCAA Invite season, with the first ones set to get underway next weekend (including the Ohio State and IU Invites), I took a look back at the performances so far in this 2018-19 campaign and looked into how many swimmers have hit times that would’ve qualified them for last season’s NCAA Championships.

Using the qualifying time of the last invited swimmer in each event to the 2018 NCAAs as the standard, the results showed that a total of 32 women and 11 men have hit at least one ‘qualifying’ time. The discrepancy between the number of men and women is staggering, but it gets even more lopsided on the women’s side when you factor in that 53 swims have hit the qualifying time, and only 12 for the men.

Plenty of women, including the likes of Louise HanssonMallory ComerfordSiobhan Haughey, Lilly King and Beata Nelson, have hit the time in multiple events, including an incredible six for Hansson, while Minnesota freshman Max McHugh is the only male to do so with two.

Check out the full women’s numbers below:

Women
50 Free (22.30) 100 Free (48.53) 200 Free (1:44.90) 500 Free (4:40.50)
Abbey Weitzeil (Cal) – 22.04 Mallory Comerford (Louisville) – 46.96 Siobhan Haughey (Michigan) – 1:42.63 Ally McHugh (Penn State) – 4:39.63
Maggie MacNeil (Michigan) – 22.08 Siobhan Haughey (Michigan) – 47.09 Mallory Comerford (Louisville) – 1:42.79 Rose Bi (Michigan) – 4:39.79
Louise Hansson (USC) – 22.10 Louise Hansson (USC) – 47.94 Louise Hansson (USC) – 1:44.23 Mallory Comerford (Louisville) – 4:40.33
Siobhan Haughey (Michigan) – 22.12 Catie DeLoof (Michigan) – 48.34
Marta Ciesla (USC) – 22.17 Beata Nelson (Wisconsin) – 48.53
Ky-lee Perry (NC State) – 22.23
Anna Hopkin (Arkansas) – 22.25
100 Back (52.54) 200 Back (1:53.64) 100 Breast (1:00.11) 200 Breast (2:10.14)
Beata Nelson (Wisconsin) – 50.86 Beata Nelson (Wisconsin) – 1:51.85 Lilly King (Indiana) – 57.85 Lilly King (Indiana) – 2:06.81
Louise Hansson (USC) – 51.84 Louise Hansson (USC) – 1:53.10 Lindsey Kozelsky (Minnesota) – 58.70 Calypso Sheridan (Northwestern) – 2:08.03
Elise Haan (NC State) – 51.90 Tevyn Waddell (Minnesota) – 1:53.47 Ida Hulkko (Florida State) – 59.03 Riley Scott (USC) – 2:08.13
Alina Kendzior (Louisville) – 52.35 Riley Scott (USC) – 59.55 Lindsey Kozelsky (Minnesota) – 2:08.77
Tevyn Waddell (Minnesota) – 52.48 Andrea Podmanikova (Southern Methodist) – 59.68 Rachel Munson (Minnesota) – 2:09.52
Jinq En Phee (Purdue) – 59.93
Andrea Podmanikova (Southern Methodist) – 2:09.57
100 Fly (52.41) 200 Fly (1:55.99) 200 IM (1:56.76) 400 IM (4:09.75)
Maggie MacNeil (Michigan) – 50.09 Grace Oglesby (Louisville) – 1:53.79 Beata Nelson (Wisconsin) – 1:54.94 Bailey Andison (Indiana) – 4:05.56
Louise Hansson (USC) – 50.40 Caitlin Tycz (USC) – 1:54.89 Bailey Andison (Indiana) – 1:56.04 Emma Muzzy (NC State) – 4:05.60
Grace Oglesby (Louisville) – 51.64 Maddie Wright (USC) – 1:55.32 Ally McHugh (Penn State) – 4:07.89
Christie Jensen (Indiana) – 51.94 Katie McLaughlin (Cal) – 1:55.42
Remedy Rule (Texas) – 1:55.46
Vanessa Krause (Michigan) – 1:55.54

For the women, the 50 free proved to be the standard most easily attained with seven doing so, while the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 fly all got six. The 1650 free was the only event to have no one hit the standard, mainly because it’s rarely done at dual meets and also wasn’t done at the ACC vs Big Ten College Challenge where the vast majority of these swims came from.

Men
100 Free (42.71) 200 Free (1:34.44) 500 Free (4:16.08) 100 Back (46.14)
Jacob Molacek (NC State) – 42.63 Mohamed Samy (Indiana) – 1:33.75 Felix Auboeck (Michigan) – 4:13.06 Coleman Stewart (NC State) – 45.04
Zach Yeadon (Notre Dame) – 4:13.68 Gabriel Fantoni (Indiana) – 46.13
200 Back (1:41.18) 100 Breast (52.75) 200 Breast (1:54.49) 200 IM (1:44.03)
Patrick Mulcare (USC) – 1:40.75 Ian Finnerty (Indiana) – 51.54 Max McHugh (Minnesota) – 1:54.20 Andreas Vazaios (NC State) – 1:42.44
Carsten Vissering (USC) – 51.82
Max McHugh (Minnesota) – 52.19

The men’s results are vastly different, with only eight of 13 events having anyone hit the time. The 100 breast was the most populated with three swimmers under, while the 500 free and 100 back had two. The events with no one making the time were the 50 and 1650 free, the 100 and 200 fly, and the 400 IM.

In terms of hitting the 2019 NCAA Automatic standards, a total of nine swimmers have done so, seven women and two men:

2019 NCAA Automatic Qualifiers

Women Event(s) Men Event
Mallory Comerford (Louisville) 100/200 FR Coleman Stewart (NC State) 100 BK
Siobhan Haughey (Michigan) 100/200 FR Ian Finnerty (Indiana) 100 BR
Beata Nelson (Wisconsin) 100 BK
Lilly King (Indiana) 100/200 BR
Lindsey Kozelsky (Minnesota) 200 BR
Maggie MacNeil (Michigan) 100 FLY
Louise Hansson (USC) 100 FLY

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Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Many major men’s programs, Texas, Cal, and Stanford, never rest at all during the year. They also hit weights pretty hard. That’s why I think there aren’t many fast times from the men yet.

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Want to add on – these teams will rest some for the winter invite, where major names like Haas or Seliskar will do enough to qualify

Oldswimfan
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Yeah ‘big names’ like Coleman Stewart and Andreas Vazaios always rest in season and swimming fast at NCAA.

Swimmer
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

I like the word ‘never” but wait oops maybe some will taper.

Kid
1 year ago

Will there be race videos from the acc vs big ten challenge anywhere for free? I’m interested because a good portion of these swims were from that meet.

Kid
Reply to  Kid
1 year ago

*almost all/all of the swims were from that meet

Slimmer jim
Reply to  Kid
1 year ago

It was on tv yesterday

ONEHANDTOUCH
Reply to  Kid
1 year ago
ONEHANDTOUCH
Reply to  Kid
1 year ago

Love it!

Superfan
1 year ago

How many people have worn tech suits so far? Let’s look after invites at this stat

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

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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