NCAA ‘A’ Cut update: 34 swimmers already with automatic DI NCAA invites before Thanksgiving

34 swimmers, 10 men and 24 women, have achieved NCAA “A” cuts in Division I as of Monday, automatically qualifying them for the NCAA Championships in March and giving them the option to save their next shave and taper for the national championships.

Florida leads the charge after a bunch of lights-out performances at the Ohio State Invite – they have 4 men and 5 women already qualified. Stanford and Texas A&M each qualified 4 women in their showdown at the Art Adamson Invitational and Georgia has already qualified 2 men and 3 women.

In addition, 7 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams have hit at least one “A” standard in a relay event. Under the new NCAA Invite process, if a team qualifies at least one individual and hits at least one relay “A” cut, that team can bring all of its “B” cut relays along to the national championships as well. What this ultimately means is that these relays who have already hit an “A” cut have essentially qualified all of their relays for NCAAs, assuming one individual from the team can get an invite of their own.

The men’s teams with relays qualified are the following: Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Florida State, and Virginia Tech.

Relay from these women’s programs qualified: Stanford, Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Virginia, California, USC, Missouri and Minnesota.


Here are the lists of individual “A” cut qualifiers and their events so far:


Florida – Natalie Hinds, 100 free

Florida – Elizabeth Beisel, 1650 free, 200 IM, 400 IM

Florida – Alicia Matthieu, 1650 free

Florida – Sinead Russell, 100 back, 200 back

Florida – Ellese Zalewski, 100 fly

Stanford – Maddy Schaefer, 50 free, 100 free

Stanford – Lia Neal, 100 free, 200 free

Stanford – Felicia Lee, 100 back

Stanford – Maya Dirado, 100 back, 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM

Texas A&M – Lili Ibanez, 200 free

Texas A&M – Paige Miller, 100 back

Texas A&M – Breeja Larson, 100 breast, 200 breast

Texas A&M – Cammile Adams, 200 fly

Georgia – Amber McDermott, 500 free

Georgia – Olivia Smoliga, 100 back

Georgia – Melanie Margalis, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM

Virginia – Leah Smith, 500 free

Virginia – Courtney Bartholomew, 100 back, 200 back

Minnesota – Kierra Smith, 200 breast

California – Liz Pelton, 100 back

Kentucky – Tina Bechtel, 100 fly, 200 fly

Louisville – Tanja Kylliainen, 200 fly

North Carolina – Stephanie Peacock, 500 free, 1650 free

Missouri – Dani Barbiea, 100 fly



Florida – Andrea D’Arrigo, 500 free

Florida – Sebastien Rousseau, 200 fly, 400 IM

Florida – Dan Wallace, 400 IM

Florida – Marcin Cieslak, 200 IM

Georgia – Chase Kalisz, 200 IM, 400 IM

Georgia – Tynan Stewart, 200 back

Auburn – Marcelo Chierighini, 50 free, 100 free

Auburn – Joe Patching, 200 back

Louisville – Joao De Lucca, 100 free, 200 free

Ohio State – Connor McDonald, 200 back


In addition to that list, a number of other swimmers went times that stand a good shot at being invited to the NCAA Championships in March. Based on SwimSwam’s recent look-back at what it takes to get an NCAA Invite, we compiled the number swimmers in each event who have already gone faster than the last time to get invited to the NCAA Championships last season.

Keep in mind that some athletes are near the top of the NCAA in more than three events, meaning they can’t enter all of them for NCAAs. This list doesn’t neccessarily give us a picture of how many total athletes are in line for NCAA Invites, but rather which events have been especially fast in the early part of the season.

Of note: the backstroke events have been very fast so far for both men and women – that includes the 7 “A” cuts set in the women’s 100 back alone this past weekend.

Number of Swimmers under the 2013 NCAA Invite time

Women faster so far this season Women’s 2012-2013 Invited Time Event Men’s 2012-2013 Invited Time Men faster  so far this season
 17 4:42.90 500 Free 4:18.70  5
 20 1:58.51 200 IM 1:45.08  6
 16 22.45 50 Free 19.67  6
 15 4:11.92 400 IM 3:46.72  7
 13 52.99 100 Fly 46.74  3
 17 1:46.10 200 Free 1:35.34  4
 11 1:00.72 100 Breast 53.37  2
 19 53.21 100 Back 46.95  6
 16 16:19.32 1650 Free 15:03.07  10
 12 1:54.79 200 Back 1:43.03  12
 18 49.00 100 Free 43.14  4
 12 2:11.44 200 Breast 1:55.97  4
 19 1:57.59 200 Fly 1:44.74  9

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Swim Lou

You are missing Stephanie Peacock from UNC in both the 500 and 1650


Excellent update. Much appreciated.


And carter griffin from missouri


A cut’s 1:41.41, isn’t it? And Griffin went 1:41.67? Close, but no cigar.


Carter went 1:40 in finals

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