NCAA Division III Pre-Selection Psych Sheets Released; Nitz Won’t Defend 50 Free Title

The NCAA has released their pre-selection psych sheets for the 2014 men’s and women’s Division III NCAA Championship meets that will run from March 19th to 22nd in Indianapolis, Indiana.

See the psych sheets here.

While these lists do not indicate, and go well beyond, the numbers of swimmers who are actually invited to NCAA’s, they are a first taste of who is opting to swim which events.

For example, Wheaton College’s Kirsty Nitz, who has the second-best time in the Division this year in the 50 free, has opted for a schedule of the 100 free, 100 fly, and 100 backstroke instead. She won the 50 free NCAA title last year as a freshman, but has chosen not to defend it this year.

Depauw’s Casey Hooker, who is 5th-best among NCAA Division III championship-eligible teams in the 100 fly, instead swimming the 200 free, the 200 fly, and the 500 free: where he’s seeded only 17th.

Kenyon freshman Trevor Manz had some options, but he has chosen to race the 400 IM, the 100 breaststroke, and the 200 breaststroke (he’s a top three seed in all).

Johns Nopkins’ Taylor Kitayama is swimming the 100 back, the 200 back, and the 100 fly – with that 3rd entry being just the 13th seed. That’s instead of swimming the 200 IM, where she would be the 5th seed.

Note that these psych sheets could have some errors; there’s usually a team or a swimmer who accidentally gets over looked in its assembly by USA Swimming and the NCAA, so don’t be surprised if revisions come before they are finalized.

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any idea how far down theyll go to which lines, for individuals? for relays?

andrew majeske

No matter how you cut it, I think Al Weik might be on the bubble in both the 500 free and 400 IM (18th and 17th position respectively)–though he might sneak in this year because of the rediculously fast “A” qualifying times. Has anyone heard what is up with him this year– in previous years he always had safe qualifying times posted?

Intelligence

Weik is 3rd in mile. That will get him in the meet…..he could be 50th in the 4IM and 500 free and it would not matter.

I bet he has been training through the entire year…quest to break 15.

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