NC State Takes Full Advantage of Morning Swims, Leads Day 2 Ups/Downs

SwimSwam's Lauren Neidigh also contributed to this report. 

For those unfamiliar with the terminology: “Up” means a swimmer who is in the A-final, as those swimmers cannot fall lower than 8th barring a DQ. “Down” will mean B-finalists, who are between 9th-16th place.

This year, we’re introducing a new angle on our traditional up/down rankings: and that’s the idea of “burned swims.” Basically, this will keep a tally of the number of swims that a team took (including scratches and DFS) to get to that number of up/downs. This is relevant because, for example, while Cal and Stanford didn’t have any finalists in the 500 free, they also only had one swimmer entered between the two of them.

This metric will help identify where teams are expecting surges in scoring and smooth-out the curves from particularly weak or strong events from a team. We’ll focus on tracking burned swims from the top 12 teams – on Thursday, that means the top 12 teams based on psych sheet scoring .

Below, we’ve split out projections and actual results for each event, then at the end is a summary with just the core that you need to know. Scroll all the way down for that summary.

200 Freestyle Relay

Texas Vs. NC State. Each team had three swimmers under 19 seconds and a fourth swimmer in the low 19’s.

Team Score After Day 1 200 Fr-R Projected 200 Fr-R
Texas 40 / up
NC State 34 up up
Florida 32 up up
Cal 30 down up
Georgia 28
Michigan 26 up up
Louisville 24 / down
Auburn 22 up up
USC 18
Indiana 14 up down
Missouri 12 down up
Wisconsin 10
Stanford 8 down down
Tennessee 6 / down
South Carolina 4
Alabama 2 up up
Arizona 0 up down
Harvard 0 down down
Princeton 0 down down
Minnesota 0 down /
Ohio St 0 down down
UNC 0 down /

500 Freestyle

Swimmers from eight different teams qualified for the A final of the 500 freestyle. Texas’ Clark Smith was a little off this morning, missing the opportunity for a second swim. NC State and Florida took advantage of the opportunity to sneak up on the Longhorns, however, each putting a swimmer in the A final and a second swimmer in the B final.

Team Score After Day 1 500 Free Projected 500 Free Burned Swims
Texas 40 2/0 1/0 3
NC State 34 0/1 1/1. 2
Florida 32 2/0 1/1. 5
Cal 30 5
Georgia 28 0/2 0/1 5
Michigan 26 1/1. 1/1. 4
Louisville 24 1
Auburn 22 1/0 / 1
USC 18 1/0 1/0 3
Indiana 14 0
Missouri 12 0
Wisconsin 10 0/1 1/0 1
Stanford 8 1/1. 1/0
Tennessee 6
South Carolina 4 1/0 1/1.
Alabama 2
Arizona 0 0/1 0/1
Utah 0 0/1 0/1
Penn 0 0 0/1

200 IM

California loaded up in this event, placing Josh Prenot, Ryan Murphy, and Andrew Seliskar into the A final and Jacob Pebley into the B final.

Team Score After Day 1 200 IM Projected 200 IM Burned Swims
Texas 40 1/1. 1/1. 4
NC State 34 1/0 0/2 3
Florida 32 2/0 2/0 3
Cal 30 0/2 3/1. 5
Georgia 28 0/1 1/0 2
Michigan 26 2/0 0/1 4
Louisville 24 0/1 0 1
Auburn 22 1/0 0/1 2
USC 18 2
Indiana 14 1
Missouri 12 0
Wisconsin 10 2
Stanford 8 0/2 0/1
Tennessee 6
South Carolina 4
Alabama 2
Virginia Tech 0 1/0 1/0
BYU 0 0/1 0/1

50 Freestyle

Caeleb Dressel may have rattled his own American record this morning, but it was NC State that really shined, putting Simonas Bilis and Ryan Held into the A final and then Andreas Schiellerup into the B final.

Team Score After Day 1 50 Free Projected 50 Free Burned Swims
Texas 40 0/2 2/0* 4
NC State 34 2/0 2/1. 3
Florida 32 1/1. 1/0 2
Cal 30 2
Georgia 28 0/1 1/0 1
Michigan 26 1/0 1/0 1
Louisville 24 2
Auburn 22 1/0 1/1* 4
USC 18 1
Indiana 14 0/1 0/1 2
Missouri 12 1/0 1/0 1
Wisconsin 10 1
Stanford 8 0/1 0/1
Tennessee 6
South Carolina 4
Alabama 2 1/0 1/0*
UNLV 0 1/0 0/1
BYU 0 0/1 0/1
Princeton 0 0/1 0

400 Medley Relay

 

Team Score After Day 1 400 MR Projected 400 MR
Texas 40 up Up
NC State 34 down Up
Florida 32 up Up
Cal 30 up Up
Georgia 28 down Down
Michigan 26 down Down
Louisville 24 up Up
Auburn 22 up Down
USC 18 down
Indiana 14 up Up
Missouri 12 up Up
Wisconsin 10
Stanford 8 Down
Tennessee 6 down Up
South Carolina 4
Alabama 2 up Down
Iowa 0 down
UNC 0 down Down
Ohio St 0 down Down
Arizona 0 Down

SUMMARY

While the top four teams continued to separate themselves by earning two A final relay appearances, NC State managed to out swim the rest of the field during the prelim session, putting three swimmers up and four swimmers down. They also burned fewer swims than any of the other top 5 teams. Texas and Florida also had strong morning. The longhorns will have more swims tonight, but the Gators have an extra A final swim which will give them a boost.

Team Score After Day 1 200 Fr Relay 500 Free 200 IM 50 Free 400 Med Relay Total Individuals Total Relays Total Burned Swims
Texas 40 up 1/0 1/1. 1/1. Up 3 / 2 2 / 0 11
NC State 34 up 1/1. 0/2 2/1. Up 3 / 4 2 / 0 8
Florida 32 up 1/1. 2/0 1/0 Up 4 / 1 2 / 0 10
Cal 30 up 3/1. Up 3 / 1 2 / 0 12
Georgia 28 0/1 1/0 1/0 Down 2 / 1 0 / 1 8
Michigan 26 up 1/1. 0/1 1/0 Down 2 / 2 1 / 1 9
Louisville 24 down 0 Up 0 / 0 1 / 1 4
Auburn 22 up / 0/1 0/2 Down 0 / 3 1 / 1 7
USC 18 1/0 1 / 0 0 / 0 6
Indiana 14 down 0/1 Up 0 / 1 1 / 1 3
Missouri 12 up 1/0 Up 1 / 0 2 / 0 1
Wisconsin 10 1/0 1 / 0 0 / 0 4
Stanford 8 down 1/0 0/1 0/1 Down 1 / 2 0 / 2
Tennessee 6 down Up 0 / 0 1 / 1
South Carolina 4 1/1. 1 / 1 0 / 0
Alabama 2 up 1/0 Down 1 / 0 1 / 1
Arizona 0 down 0/1 0 / 1 0 / 1
Harvard 0 down 0 / 0 0 / 1
Princeton 0 down 0 / 0 0 / 1
Minnesota 0 0 / 0 0 / 0
Ohio St 0 down Down 0 / 0 0 / 2
UNC 0 Down 0 / 0 0 / 1
Penn 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0
Utah 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0
Virginia Tech 1 / 0 1 / 0 0 / 0
BYU 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 0
UNLV 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 0

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NC State has 4 individuals down, I believe.

Kristaps Porzingis

Divers Texas 1 up and 1 down

Good notes on the “burned swims” to support general understanding. However, the example provided on the 500 free was incorrect – Cal burned 5 (not 1) swim. And of course, being a Cal fan, I can’t avoid the following dig: Stanford is not in the top 12, so their burned swims are not calculated/tracked…so sorry Cardinal…

It’s also wrong when they said that Stanford had no one up in the 500 free.

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