The NCAA has posted the pre-selection psych sheets for the 2017 NCAA Championship meet, which will be held from March 15th-18th in Shenandoah, Texas.
These sheets don’t define who is and is not invited to the NCAA Championship meet; rather they specify what 3 events each athlete has entered as their possible invites. Any athlete with an “A” or a “B” qualifying time is eligible to be on these lists.
From here, the list will be trimmed down to 260 male and 267 female participants, less 24 male and 24 female divers.
All swimmers who have achieved NCAA Automatic “A” Qualifying Standards are entered in the meet first. Next, the top 16 qualifying relay teams (and 24 qualifying divers) are entered.
Then, entries will be added to each individual swimming event one-at-a-time, until all events have the same amount of entries. In other words, if the 100 fly has 3 swimmers with “A” cuts, and the 50 free has none, the 50 free will get 3 “B” cut swimmers entered before the 100 fly “B” cut swimmers begin to fill in.
Then, entries will be added 1-per-event until the entry caps noted above (260 male and 267 female) are hit. On the “row” where the entry cap is breached, swimmers are ranked based on whose percentage is closest to the NCAA Division III Championship meet record and selected until the cap.
Unlike in Division I, Division III swimmers invited to swim on relays only can swim up to 3 events in which they have “B” time standards, regardless of whether they were selected individually in those events.
Each team is capped at 18 student athletes of each gender. Divers count only as 1/3 of a competitor.
Page 21 of the championship manual listed above spells out the selection procedure in its entirety.
- Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Sam Senczyszyn is entered in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke as the top seed and favorite in both races. She’s chosen the 50 free over the 100 free as her 3rd event – she would have been the 3rd seed in either race, but the 50 comes on the meet’s first day, and as such doesn’t conflict with her breaststroke specialties.
- Wash U’s Niamh O’Grady is entered in the 200 IM as the top seed, the 100 fly as the 7th seed, and 200 fly as the 4th seed. She chose the 7th seed in the 100 fly over the 8th seed in the 200 free.
- Emory’s Cindy Cheng is entered as the top seed in the 100 back, 200 back, and 200 free. That means she won’t be swimming the 500 free (ranked 2nd nationally).
- Claremont Mudd-Scripps’ Matt Williams is entered in the 200 back (11th seed), 100 fly (5th seed), and 100 back (4th seed). That means no 200 free (5th seed).
- MIT freshman Bouke Edskes chose the 100 fly over the 100 back.