Men’s NCAAs Team Scores- Conference Breakdown

by Michael Hamann 9

March 29th, 2022 ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, College, Pac-12, SEC


This past weekend, the Cal Golden Bears won their 7th NCAA team title, and 5th under current head coach Dave Durden, with 487.5 points. The win also continued an unbelievable streak of top 2 finishes for the Golden Bears, who have finished the season as either NCAA champs or runner-up every year since 2010. They took the title back from the Texas Longhorns, who won the 2021 title and finished runner-up this season with 436.5 points. While many of the headlines leading up to, and during, the meet were centered around the top two teams, there is plenty of intrigue further down the standings, specifically when looking through a conference-centric lens. 

Scores by conference

Conference Points
Pac 12 1060.5
SEC 920.5
ACC 816.5
Big 10 605.5
Big 12 436.4
Ivy League  169.5
Mid Major 8

Pac 12

The Pac 12 had arguably the most impressive showing as a conference, as 3 of the top 7 teams hailed from the west coast. Behind the Bears, the Arizona State Sun Devils capped off their breakout season with a 6th place finish with 236 points, more points than the Sun Devil program has scored at this meet combined between 2010 and 2021. The result also marked the highest program finish for the program since 1982, when the Sun Devils also finished 6th. 

The Stanford Cardinal also had a strong showing and have made significant progress under 3rd-year head coach Dan Schemmel, finishing 5 points behind Arizona State in 7th. That is the highest finish for Stanford since 2018, where the Cardinal also finished in 7th. 

Team Place Points
California 1st 487.5
Arizona State 6th 236
Stanford 7th 231
Arizona 17th 79
USC 26th 25
Utah 37th 2

Big 10

The Big 10 was led by the Indiana Hoosiers, who finished 5th with 265, their 6th straight top 10 finish. The Hoosiers were 100 points clear of Ohio State, who finished 9th for their third straight top 10 finish. 

Another notable result from the Big 10 has been the decline of the Michigan Wolverines, who finished 22nd with just 36 points, their lowest NCAA finish since 1986 when they finished 25th. Less than a decade ago, the Maize and Blue won the NCAA team title at the 2013 Championships with 480 points, but were just the 5th-highest scoring team in their own conference this season. That included finishes behind both Purdue and Minnesota, programs that Michigan has historically significantly outperformed.  

Team Place Points
Indiana 5th 265
Ohio State 9th 165
Purdue T-15th 85
Minnesota 19th 44
Michigan 22nd 36
Northwestern 32nd 6.5
Wisconsin 34th 4

Big 12

Much has been made about the Texas Longhorns’ ability to swim through their conference meet and focus on NCAAs, and their Big 12 dominance is as evident as ever, as they were the only team from their conference to score at NCAAs. Texas will soon head to the much-stronger SEC, which will throw an interesting wrinkle in their time-tested strategy of being able to have NCAAs be their sole focus. 

Team Place Points
Texas 2nd 436.5


The SEC had the most programs score points at these championships, with 9 programs, including 7 of the top 25, finishing in the final rankings. The SEC was led by Florida, which was led by senior Olympians Kieran Smith and Bobby Finke, as well as their winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. The Georgia Bulldogs were the 2nd-highest finishing SEC program with 194 points, good for 8th. 

LSU was perhaps the most impressive SEC program relative to expectations, as sprinter Brooks Curry and diver Juan Hernandez helped carry the Tigers to a 15th place team finish, their best since finishing 14th in 1997. 

Team Place Points
Florida 3rd 374
Georgia 8th 194
Alabama 14th 91
LSU T-15th 85
Tennessee 18th 72.5
Texas A&M T-19th 44
Missouri 25th 27
Auburn 29th 22
Kentucky 31st 11


Following just behind the SEC was the ACC, which had 8 programs score points this week and finished the season with 6 teams in the top 25. The ACC has experienced a surge in swimming performance in recent seasons. Braden Holloway has established the NC State Wolfpack as a perennial top-four contender, while his former assistant Todd Desorbo now has the Virginia men back on the rise with their 3rd-straight top 10 finish. 

Virginia Tech and Louisville both had strong seasons as well, giving the ACC 4 of the top 12 programs in the nation. Virginia Tech earned their second straight 11th place finish, their best-ever NCAA finish. Louisville, which was on a streak of 3-straight top 10 finishers, slipped to 12th, 22.5 points out of another top 10 finish. The NCAA Championship hosts, Georgia Tech, had an impressive showing by fifth year seniors Caio Pumputis and Christian Ferraro to finish in 21st, their second straight 21st-place finish and highest since 2009. 

Team Place Points
NC State 4th 291
Virginia 10th 154.5
Virginia Tech 11th 143
Louisville 12th 132
Georgia Tech 21st 36
Miami (FL) 23rd 31
North Carolina 27th 24
Notre Dame 33rd 5

Ivy League

The Ivy League had a very strong meet, with Harvard, Columbia, Penn and Princeton all recording top 30 team finishes. The highest Ivy League finish in recent history was Harvard’s 8th place finish in 2019, while Columbia’s 24th place finish was their highest since 1983, when they finished tied for 18th led by distance star Tony Corbisiero. Penn’s 22.5 points was their most points scored since 2016, where the Quakers finished 24th behind Chris Swanson’s 1650 NCAA title, and have now scored at 6 of the last 8 NCAA Championships. Princeton’s 30th place finish was their best since finishing 23rd in 2012. 

Team Place Points
Harvard 13th 103
Columbia 24th 30
Penn 28th 22.5
Princeton 30th 14


SMU and Towson were the only mid-major programs to score points this season. Towson has now scored at 4 of the last five NCAA championships, while SMU’s 4 points is their highest point total since 2013. 

Team Place Points
Towson T-34th 4
SMU T-34th 4


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1 year ago

Towson breeds NCAA scorers

K chilly
1 year ago

No non conference champion beat a conference champion from another team. Talent is well spread out these years

1 year ago

Was there a box score article for Mens NCAA?

Justin Pollard
1 year ago

Why does the Pac-12 host their conference championship so close to NCAAs?! Doesn’t seem to work at all, sadly …

1 year ago

Man it’s crazy that USC is 5th on the west coast. That team shouldn’t have a reason to be outside the top 15.

Other than that, nothing really stands out to me. PAC is strong, SEC and ACC still have great team depth, Big 10 was still iffy outside of the Hoosiers, but there’s some potential in UW and NU.

Reply to  2swim2kick
1 year ago

SC is clearly a program that has fallen on hard times. The drama and uncertainty of the last year made things even worse. Really didnt sense any urgency from the AD to shore things up. They really need to announce the next head coach ASAP so recruits will know who they’ll be swimming for.

1 year ago

The conference of champions, indeed

1 year ago

PAC-12: 1,060.5 (176.75 per team)

Big 10: 605.5 (86.5 per scoring team; 75.6875 per team)

Big 12: 436.5 (436.5 per scoring team; 145.5 per team)

SEC: 920.5 (102.28 per scoring team; 92.5 per team)

ACC: 816.5 (102.0625 per scoring team; 68.04 per team)

Take whatever you want from this information

Last edited 1 year ago by thezwimmer
Reply to  thezwimmer
1 year ago

>Big 12: 436.5 (436.5 per scoring team)
Not a conference in any sense of the word.
When’s that move to SEC?