We’ve spent the past few weeks watching conference championships unfold and of course comparing the conferences to each other as we went. But now that NCAA invites are finalized on the women’s side, we have a new way to make some cross-conference comparisons based on how each conference will be represented at the NCAA Championships in just under two weeks.
This set of interactive graphs and charts breaks down the invite lists by team and conference. The women’s SEC will have the biggest presence at NCAAs with 81 swimmers invited – that means over one-quarter of the athletes at the national championships will have come out of one conference.
The Pac-12 follows with 57 invites, and the Big Ten and ACC tied with 42. Keep in mind that these numbers don’t include diving, where selections will be made later this week at Zone competitions.
You can switch back and forth through our various graphs using the tabs at the top of the graph.
These graphs are interactive: clicking on a team or conference will highlight it, hovering over it with your mouse will bring up more statistics.
The first tab breaks down the invites by team and conference. Click on any team to see the list below of all their invited athletes. You can also click on the name of the conference below each bar to see a list of all the swimmers invited from that conference.
The second tab shows the total invite numbers for each conference, and the third tab the total numbers for each individual team.
Note: organizing the conferences into viewable graphs required lumping together mid-majors in the first graph. As “mid-major” can be a relative term, this analysis considered 6 co-ed conferences “Majors” (AAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) and categorized the rest as Mid-Majors.
You can also view the graphs on the web here instead of using the embedded version.