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

  15 Braden Keith | February 25th, 2014 | College, NCAA Division III, News

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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They took through lines 19-21 in every event this year, men and women.


Joe McGovern

Your getting into the meet as a top 16 relay automatically. That is not a great thing for the individuals who may be seated from 10th to 16th, because they get left out of the meet even though they have a top 16 time in an individual event. It really is not fair because they are taking a lot of kids on relays that don’t even qualify with b cuts and cannot even swim individually but maybe part of a fast relay because of a fast individual swimmer who puts them over the top. It is kind of sad that the NCAA does not take the first 16 qualifiers for every event, which would be much more fair.

This looks to be a very close contest (again) between Kenyon and Denison on the men’s side. It could be a replay of NCAC conference where Kenyon beat Denison in swimming but the Denison divers carried the day. The outcome of the diving qualifier is critical to the outcome of the meet.
I also suspect that neither teams rested their core national team members at conference and the team with the “better” taper could win. Kenyon has the edge here because they have more swimmers that can “move up” and score (a full squad basically) while Denison is bringing far less swimmers.
On the women’s side Emory is much deeper than Denison or Kenyon and is the favorite to repeat.


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