DIII NCAA Championship Numbers Expanding on Women’s Side

Every eight years or so, the NCAA reviews the gender breakdown in Division III swimming to recalculate the number of swimmers that should be selected for the NCAA Championships.

This year, it’s clear that women and men no longer each make up 50 percent of DIII swimmers.

In years past, approximately 16 individual swimmers per event made it on to Nationals for both the men’s and women’s sides. Now, the NCAA will allow approximately 20 women per event to go to Indianapolis in March. The 25% increase in the cap space will allow for 52 more women to attend the meet.

Overall, 319 women will be invited to the meet in 2018. Divers will take 29 of those spots, up from 24 last year. The men’s cap will remain the same, at about 260.

Relays will be capped at exactly 20 teams per event.

As has always been the case, swimmers who make an “A” cut will be considered first, then those with “B” cuts will take up the remaining space. You can find all the 2017-2018 women’s time standards here.

According to a member of the NCAA Championship Committee, “the cap growth came as a result of the NCAA participation survey and the participation ratio.” While men’s participation remained steady, women’s participation increased to a point where the Championship ratio needed adjustment.

You can read about the 2018 selection process here.

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3 years ago

Is it true each team has a cap on number of swimmers they can bring to NCAA d3 champs? Will that cap increase as well?

Reply to  New2this
3 years ago

Yes. No.

3 years ago

So it looks like they are taking 16 individuals first, and then relays. So there could be 16 individuals and 15 relays. If it goes down to 14 relays, individuals will go down to 15 first. No more than 16 relays, so there could be more individuals. Substitute 20 individuals for women.

I think this will make it much more likely for the top 16 in each event get in.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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