On Tuesday, the NCAA’s Division II Championships Committee announced over $800,000 in budget allocation increases to enhance “participant opportunities and overall championship experience” for the division’s student-athletes.
While 17 requests were approved, a request by swimming & diving was one of 11 requests denied, and one of just three “increases in championship qualifiers” requests that were rejected (wrestling and golf, both requesting a bigger budget, were also denied).
Specifically, swimming requested $39,000 for a “field size cap limit adjustment for male swimmers.”
Currently, the Division II meet is capped at 175 men and 205 women.
Among the requests that were approved were increases in championships squad size for women’s volleyball, a men’s soccer bracket expansion to 38 teams, a women’s lacrosse bracket expansion to 12 teams, increased golf super regional sizes, increased football bracket size and squad size, increased championship squad sizes in men’s and women’s basketball, and a baseball bracket expansion to 56 teams.
There were also several approvals for increases in officials pay in various sports, and the addition of an “Eagle Eye” video review system for track & field.
The other change that will directly impact swimming: is that teams and individuals located within 600 miles of the championship site will travel via ground transportation, up from 500 miles. This is estimated to save $341,000, which contributed to the increased funding in other areas.