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
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