It was clear to all observers that the Georgia Bulldogs had the biggest morning of anybody on the first day’s prelims at the 2015, but the true numbers are staggering.
Below, we’ve scored out what the tallies would be if points were awarded in prelims. The Georgia women are now projected to score 186 points, as compared to just 116 coming in (diving excluded from both counts). That’s a 70-point improvement on seed in a single day, which is more than they improved in all of last year’s NCAA Championship meet.
Meanwhile, the Cal women, who came in with the most seeded points, dropped 13 points from seed, though they have a lot of opportunities to return that to at least neutral footing in finals.
Coming into the meet, Cal was seeded 137 points better than Georgia, without accounting for diving (Georgia has that, Cal doesn’t). This day could eat up half of that margin with two days of competition left to go.
Nobody has won or lost this meet yet, but at the very least, Georgia made a big statement that this would be a more competitive competition than it appeared on paper.
Those two teams are pulling away from the field, with Stanford, Louisville, Virginia, Texas A&M, and the impressive Wisconsin Badgers chasing.
The biggest slide on the day versus seed came from the Florida Gators, who lost 51 points as compared to seed. They will only have a single swim in finals on Thursday – Jess Thielmann in the A final of the 500 free.
|Post-Prelims Projection||Pre-Meet Projection||Improvement on seed|
|21||San Diego State||6||0||+6|