NCAA Announces Invited Swimmers for 2024 Division III Championships

by Laura Rosado 9

February 29th, 2024 College, NCAA Division III, News

2024 NCAA DIII Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

  • March 20-23, 2024
  • Location: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
  • Defending Champs: Denison women (1x) & Emory men (2x)

The official psych sheets for the 2024 NCAA DIII Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships have been released. DIII NCAAs are set to be held at Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina from March 20-23, the same place they were held last year. The Emory men and Denison women are the defending champions.

We already had some entry questions answered for the multi-event threat swimmers from the pre-selection lists, namely Derek Maas who had top-three times in all of the individual stroke events, but now have a sense of overall team strength heading into March.

On the men’s side, Emory had the maximum 18 swimmers invited, meaning that depending on how diving regionals shake out they will have to make some roster decisions to stay within the team limit.

No other men’s team is in the same position as the next highest on the list, Denison, had 15 swimmers qualified and have only two men set to compete at diving regionals this weekend.

MIT and Chicago are tied for the third highest number of qualified athletes, at 12 each.

For the women, Emory also hit the 18 athlete maximum. Defending champions Denison are close behind with 16 athletes, and sandwiched between them is Kenyon with 17.

Emory has two divers set to compete at regionals. Kenyon has seven, and Denison has four, so the roster cap once again may come into play.

Swimmers may be entered in a maximum of eight events, five relays and three individual events, but are only permitted to compete in a maximum of seven events, with a maximum of three individual events.

Swimmers who are selected for at least one event may enter additional “optional entry” events. Relay-only swimmers can only enter “optional entry” events in which they have a B-cut.

The cut line fell around 17 for the men and 25 for the women, both increases from the 16 and 21 from last year. That means there was more versatility amongst top-ranked swimmers, particularly in the women’s meet.

Chicago has the most alternates, with three total across the women’s and men’s entries. Behind them is a tie between Williams and Pomona-Pitzer, with two each.

Men’s Meet

Women’s Meet

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CuriousSwimmer
1 month ago

What does the “NS” mean in the psych sheet?

ACC
Reply to  CuriousSwimmer
1 month ago

“No Standard”. It means that the time doesn’t meet the B cut, and the swimmer is entered because they were invited in another event.

CuriousSwimmer
Reply to  ACC
1 month ago

Thank you! That was my guess, but learned not to assume too much.

So everyone on the psych sheet will be swimming those events? Or just above the invited line? I did try to find some documentation but came up with lots of rule books and no practical info.

LoLo
1 month ago

There a livestream out for this meet yet?

Mcdingle
1 month ago

what’s the point of the A cuts if no one gets them? or am I missing something?

Last edited 1 month ago by Mcdingle
imjumbo
Reply to  Mcdingle
1 month ago

A cuts for individual are still there for the same benefit as D1 (what’s the point there, too, individually, you can ask). But the switch from A cuts set like D1 to the 3 year rolling average of the winning time at NCAAs was in response to a NCAA meet where something like 27 men got the A cut in the 100 fly, throwing off the balance of the meet. I think there were under 16 individual invites in the mile that year, so if you swam it, you almost certainly scored. So the A cut is cool to have, even for D1, but except for the relay advantage that getting it has for D1 that doesn’t exist in D3,… Read more »

THEO
Reply to  imjumbo
1 month ago

This was 2013 and indeed it was bad. Absurd to see people ranked 13th not go to nationals. But at this point the only argument I can think of to keep A cuts at all is that they help with recruitment and motivation for people to see the D3 swimmers hit those times.

B cuts still do have relevance though as a concept distinct from an invite line, because of the rule about letting people who got invited on a relay swim their B cuts. I think that’s a great rule and I actually think B cuts should even be slower to allow for more of it. Or just let relay swimmers swim up to 3 individuals like everyone else.… Read more »

Gabe Lee Glazer
1 month ago

Everybody’s focused on Justin Finkel and Nathaniel Taft from the NESCAC in the 200 free, but gimme GABE LEE from Williams. His strategic last place seed time (by over a second and a half) will give him open water in prelims 👀

TheMenguin
Reply to  Gabe Lee Glazer
1 month ago

James McChesney will NOT see this one coming!