NCAA ‘A’ Cuts Achieved Through the End of November

After the first round of mid-season invites, there have been 40 individual NCAA ‘A’ cuts achieved by 6 men and 17 women, thus qualifying them for the NCAA Championships in March. Leading the way is Katie Ledecky, who has swam her way to 4 individual ‘A’ cuts, followed by Ella Eastin and Kathleen Baker, who each have 3. On the men’s side, Caeleb Dressel and Blake Pieroni are both tied for the most cuts with 2 apiece.

In addition, 9 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams have achieved at least 1 ‘A’ cut in a relay. Under the NCAA rules, if a team achieves and individual ‘A’ cut and a relay ‘A’ cut, then all of that team’s relays with a ‘B’ cut are automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in March.

Of the men’s teams with an ‘A’ relay cut, NC State, Florida, Indiana, Alabama, and Grand Canyon also have an individual ‘A’ cut, allowing them to automatically qualify relays for the NCAAs with ‘B’ cuts. NC State is also the only men’s team as of now that has an ‘A’ cut in all 5 relays. The men’s teams with a relay ‘A’ cut but without an individual ‘A’ cut are Texas A&M, Florida State, Mizzou, and Utah.

Out of the 11 women’s teams with a relay ‘A’ cut, Stanford, Texas A&M, Michigan, Mizzou, Louisville, and Kentucky all have at least one individual ‘A’ cut. Indiana, Alabama, Auburn, NC State, and Florida State have a relay ‘A’ cut, but have not yet achieved an individual cut.

Here is a review of the NCAA ‘A’ cuts for this season:

Event Men’s ‘A’ cut Women’s ‘A’ cut
50 free 19.05 21.80
100 free 42.11 47.53
200 free 1:32.54 1:43.30
500 free 4:12.49 4:36.30
1650 free 14:40.75 15:53.50
100 fly 45.49 51.19
200 fly 1:41.44 1:53.80
100 back 45.25 51.16
200 back 1:39.66 1:50.99
100 breast 51.74 58.85
200 breast 1:52.94 2:07.18
200 IM 1:41.88 1:55.00
400 IM 3:39.95 4:04.70
200 free relay 1:17.62 1:28.71
400 free relay 2:52.10 3:15.43
800 free relay 6:20.05 7:03.86
200 medley relay 1:24.82 1:36.89
400 medley relay 3:07.46 3:32.67

Men’s individual ‘A’ cuts achieved as of 11/28:

Women’s individual ‘A’ cuts achieved as of 11/28:

Men’s relay ‘A’ cuts:

  • 200 free relay: NC State – 1:15.83, Florida – 1:16.67, Alabama – 1:16.68, Florida State – 1:16.95
  • 400 free relay: NC State – 2:48.75, Alabama – 2:50.46, Florida State – 2:51.27, Florida – 2:51.53, Mizzou – 2:51.86
  • 800 free relay: Indiana – 6:17.75, Florida – 6:18.18, NC State – 6:19.60
  • 200 medley relay: NC State – 1:23.53, Grand Canyon – 1:24.46, Alabama – 1:24.60, Texas A&M – 1:24.67, Utah – 1:24.80
  • 400 medley relay: Indiana – 3:05.57, Mizzou – 3:06.16, NC State – 3:07.04, Alabama – 3:07.04, Texas A&M – 3:07.29, Florida – 3:07.42

Women’s relay ‘A’ cuts:

  • 200 free relay: Texas A&M – 1:28.37, Florida State – 1:28.49, Stanford – 1:28.52, NC State – 1:28.52
  • 400 free relay: Stanford – 3:11.59, Auburn – 3:13.88, Texas A&M – 3:14.38, Alabama – 3:15.39
  • 800 free relay: Michigan – 7:00.71, Mizzou – 7:03.59
  • 200 medley relay: Indiana – 1:34.58, Texas A&M – 1:35.90, Stanford – 1:36.79
  • 400 medley relay: Texas A&M – 3:29.47, Stanford – 3:29.54, Indiana – 3:32.04, Kentucky – 3:32.31, Louisville – 3:32.65

Here is the current list of NCAA top times:

Event Men’s Top Time 11/28 Women’s Top Time 11/28
50 free Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.66 Abbey Weitzeil (California) – 21.63
100 free Robert Howard (Alabama) – 41.99 Mallory Comerford (Louisville) – 47.00
200 free Blake Pieroni (Indiana) – 1:32.33 Katie Ledecky (Stanford) – 1:41.60
500 free Anton Oerskov Ipsen (NC State) – 4:13.19 Katie Ledecky (Stanford) – 4:27.84
1650 free Anton Oerskov Ipsen (NC State) – 14:39.05 Katie Ledecky (Stanford) – 15:03.31
100 fly Ryan Held (NC State) – 45.92 Janet Hu (Stanford) – 51.27
200 fly Andreas Vazaios (NC State) – 1:41.07 Katie Drabot (Stanford) – 1:51.74
100 back Mark Nikolaev (Grand Canyon) – 44.99 Kathleen Baker (California) – 50.62
200 back Hennessey Stuart (NC State) – 1:40.32 Lisa Bratton (Texas A&M) – 1:50.10
100 breast Ian Finnerty (Indiana) – 51.99 Silja Kanakoski (Arizona State) – 58.96
200 breast Caio Pumputis (Georgia Tech) – 1:53.80 Sydney Pickrem (Texas A&M) – 2:05.96
200 IM Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 1:40.61 Ella Eastin (Stanford)/ Kathleen Baker (California) – 1:53.24
400 IM Jan Switkowski (Florida) – 3:42.50 Katie Ledecky (Stanford) – 3:59.69
200 free relay NC State (Ryan Held, Justin Ress, Jacob Molacek, Giovanni Izzo) – 1:15.83 Texas A&M (Beryl Gastaldello, Raena Eldridge, Golf Sapianchai, Kristin Malone) – 1:28.37
400 free relay NC State (Justin Ress, Ryan Held, Jacob Molacek, Andreas Vazaios) – 2:48.75 Stanford (Janet Hu, Katie Ledecky, Ella Eastin, Lauren Pitzer) – 3:11.59
800 free relay Indiana (Ian Finnerty, Blake Pieroni, Mohamed Samy Mohamed, Vini Lanza) – 6:17.75 Michigan (Gabby DeLoof, Catie DeLoof, Rose Bi, Siobhan Haughey) – 7:00.71
200 medley relay NC State (Andreas Vazaios, Jacob Molacek, Ryan Held, Justin Ress) – 1:23.53 Indiana (Ally Rocket, Lilly King, Christie Jensen, Grace Haskett) – 1:34.58
400 medley relay Indiana (Mohamed Samy Mohamed, Ian Finnerty, Vini Lanza, Blake Pieroni) – 3:05.57 Texas A&M (Lisa Bratton, Jorie Caneta, Jing Quah, Beryl Gastaldello) – 3:29.47

 

 

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Steve Swims
3 years ago

These times are redonculous!

SwimSwem
Reply to  Steve Swims
3 years ago

Redonkadonk?

sven
Reply to  SwimSwem
3 years ago

Let’s not get carried away.

Taa
3 years ago

more coming this weekend?

Fat Boy Swim
Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Plenty coming this weekend

0.01
3 years ago

Held’s 50 free time is slower than the A cut by 0.01. I think CollegeSwimming’s database hasn’t been updated for 2018 cuts.

Admin
Reply to  0.01
3 years ago

Corrected. Thanks for catching that.

ACC fan
3 years ago

Darn, NC STATE looking mighty tough! So far all relays and most individuals with A cuts and that doesn’t include HELD and RESS as individuals! Cal, Tx, FL, and NC STATE going to be a brawl for NCAA title!

Oldswimfan
Reply to  ACC fan
3 years ago

Molacek is a huge addition to the Pack.

Jim+C
3 years ago

Is Caleb Dressel now an IM specialist?

Bupwa
3 years ago

The women’s cuts are obviously much easier than the men’s.

Caleb
Reply to  Bupwa
3 years ago

Women’s meet is bigger, right? So of course cuts are a little easier, no?

Bupwa
Reply to  Caleb
3 years ago

Correct Caleb. But one must not state fact at risk of getting down votes!

dmswim
Reply to  Bupwa
3 years ago

I think the use of the words “obviously” and “much” are what’s getting you down votes.

Bupwa
Reply to  dmswim
3 years ago

Thank you for the much needed advice! I shall heed it! Peace and Love to all.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Bupwa
3 years ago

Men have more muscle, and usually drop more time when fully rested than women. In addition, a women’s fast suit covers much more than a men’s fast suit. Since most swimmers don’t shave mos season, it benefits women more than men.

Go Bearcats
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
3 years ago

I feel like most of these female swimmers are invested enough in this sport where they only shave for championship seasons. I understand more muscle, but I have a feeling Ledecky isn’t shaving every morning, only for champs, NCAA, and beyond.

iLikePsych
Reply to  Go Bearcats
3 years ago

I don’t think he was saying that women shave in season. He’s saying that since women suits cover more of their body, they are able to get closer to peak shave/suits condition by just suiting up than men are able to.

Andrew Thomas
3 years ago

**1:32.33 for the “top Time” list by Pieroni. Not 1:32.54 (that’s the A cut)

Swimswum
3 years ago

Indiana DQing 2 relays on the men’s side makes it look bad. Had two other A cuts. Gotta clean that up for Championship season.