NCAA D3 Committee Recommends Limited Nationals to 75% of Normal Participants

The NCAA Division III Championship Committee has recommended that the number of participants at winter and spring championships be limited to 75% of their usual capacity due to the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The recommendation will be presented to several groups within the Division III governance structure, such as the winter and spring sports committees, before the Management and Presidents Councils make a final decision in October.

The committee’s chair and athletic director at Roger Williams, Kiki Jacobs released a statement, saying, “This decision was not made lightly. We concluded this was the best way to provide high-quality championship experiences for student-athletes. Given the obligations to prepare sites and follow the required health protocols, the committee had to make the tough decision to recommend fewer opportunities this year.”

If the capacity limit is implemented, the number of swimmers and divers invited to compete at NCAAs will significantly decrease. Last season, 579 athletes (526 swimmers and 53 divers) qualified to compete at the national championships prior to their cancellation. This included 319 women’s invitees and 260 men’s invitees.

In order to qualify for NCAAs, a swimmer must achieve either an NCAA A-cut or a B-cut, and fall within the invite line. Any swimmer already invited to participate in the meet may also swim any events in which they have achieved an NCAA B-cut. Last season, most women’s events had the invite line fall just outside the top 24, while it fell around the top 16 in the men’s events. 

At 75% capacity, presuming the cuts are equally leveled across swimming & diving, the number of qualified athletes last season would have been reduced to 434 athletes (395 swimmers and 39 divers). That would amount to 239 women and 195 men.

The 2020 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship was canceled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

 

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d3swimmer
1 month ago

A small price to pay for salvation

DMacNCheez
1 month ago

The DIII swimming nationals are already stupidly small. If they do this you’ll see 11-12 invites per event on the men’s side. Is a national championship that potentially can’t even fill out a B final worth it?

Last edited 1 month ago by DMacNCheez
NC Fan
Reply to  DMacNCheez
1 month ago

Yes. It is.

exswimcoach
Reply to  DMacNCheez
1 month ago

For those that get to swim it is.

D2Coach
Reply to  DMacNCheez
1 month ago

Yes it is worth it. There were quite a few years at Division II NCAA’s where the Men’s selections were limited to 12, 13, 14 selections per event. That didn’t take away from the competition once competing, but did limit a potentially more competitive field. Unfortunately for all, sacrifices will need to be made to ensure long term viability.

Guy
1 month ago

Couldn’t they just have a separate meet for the men and women? Like D1 NCAA’s

Swimmy
Reply to  Guy
1 month ago

This makes most sense

GOML
Reply to  Swimmy
1 month ago

“Back in my day…….” we had separate nationals as the normal setup.

Inclusive Parent
Reply to  Guy
1 month ago

If the smaller size is to create a safer COVID environment, yes. If the drive is to save money, separate meets would be worse. If the goal is to save money by showing a safer meet while not admitting this is about money, it’s a PR problem.

Sean S
Reply to  Guy
1 month ago

One challenge with this would be how small coaching staffs are at most D3 schools. Most teams have joint programs, and many have 3 coaches total (HC, 1 assistant, and a diving coach). Many of the assistant coaches are part time as well. I think those staffs would be in favor of trying to make it work if it allowed more of their athletes to qualify, but it should be considered when discussing separate meets.

Admin
Reply to  Guy
1 month ago

Financially that doesn’t help anybody’s situation.