NCAA Season Ramp Up: Which Meets to Pay Attention To This Week

It’s October, so the NCAA swimming & diving season is getting into full swing. With over sixty meets going on across the country this week, zone in on a few big ones that should produce fast swimming, great races, and set the tone for how the 2018-19 season will progress.

Indiana v. Kentucky v. Mizzou v. Notre Dame

  • Date – 10/10
  • Hosts – Indiana

Why you should pay attention: This is match-up featuring top programs from three different power conferences. Lilly King and Zach Apple are obvious ones to watch for IU, with Apple getting his start at IU after transferring from Auburn. Annie Ochitwa from Mizzou is one of the best sprinters in the country, while Asia Seidt and the Kentucky backstroke group is always fun to watch. ND continues to rise in an ACC that keeps getting tougher.

Cal v. Utah

  • Date – 10/10
  • Hosts – Cal

Why you should pay attention: Cal is the #2 team in the country on both the men’s and women’s sides. For their women, keep an eye on the backstroke, where All-American Amy Bilquist and highly-touted freshman Alex Sumner have yet to make a competitive splash for the bears. Andrew Seliskar had his breakout LCM summer and could impress in a range of events, and we’ll see what Reece Whitley can do after a very impressive NCAA debut last week.

Wisconsin v. Minnesota

  • Date – 10/12
  • Hosts – Wisconsin

Why you should pay attention: The Yuri Suguiyama-led Wisconsin Badgers kick off their Big Ten schedule against Minnesota, as two top teams on the Big Ten women’s side clash. Beata Nelson is looking to back up her huge sophomore season, while breaststroke star Lindsey Kozelsky and the seasonal stalwarts Minnesota will look to drop the Badgers in Madison. On the men’s side, something is brewing with the Gophers, or at least rumors about a fast 100 breast from freshman Max McHugh at their intrasquad would suggest as much.

NC State v. South Carolina

  • Date – 10/12
  • Hosts – South Carolina

Why you should pay attention: This is a fun Carolina crossover between ACC giant NC State and a fast-rising South Carolina team buoyed by an exceptional distance program on the men’s side and a valuable IM presence from Emma Barksdale on the women’s side. This is the first we’ll see of the NC State men, who will try to cope with Ryan Held’s graduation. For the women, sprinters Ky-lee Perry and Sirena Rowe are expected to suit up and could change the course of things for the Wolfpack women. Plus, with the huge success Louise Hansson has had in the NCAAs, we’ll see what little sister Sophie Hansson can do in her first yards meet.

Stanford (W) v. Washington State

  • Date – 10/12
  • Hosts – Washington State

Why you should pay attention: Stanford’s women were a bit sluggish against Utah today, but that doesn’t take away from fantastic outings from Ella Eastin and freshman Amalie Fackenthal (and they still dusted the Utes). We’ll see if they’re a bit more on their game against the Cougars, but in any case, this is the #1 team in the country, so of course you should be paying attention.

Virginia Tech v. Duke v. Florida State

  • Date – 10/13
  • Hosts – Virginia Tech

Why you should pay attention: Three ACC teams with something to prove will battle in Sergio Lopez’s new home pool. These are all teams trying hard to move up in the conference, and we’ll get a chance to see top 20 recruit Easop Lee in action for the Blue Devils.

Georgia (W) v. Arkansas

  • Date – 10/13
  • Hosts – Arkansas

Why you should pay attention: This is the UGA women’s first time out, and their #2-ranked freshman class will get its first chance to shine. Most intriguing will be to see if Eva Merrell is racing, as she has no logged times in the USA Swimming database since summer ’17. Arkansas quietly snagged Anna Hopkin, who won the 50 free at the 2017 British Summer Nationals, and she’ll have her first yards racing this weekend with good shots at some event wins.

SMU Classic

  • Dates – 10/12-10/13
  • Hosts – SMU

Why you should pay attention: SMU will host women’s squads from USC, Virginia, Louisville, Iowa, and Miami (FL). Notably, ACC’s top two women’s teams, UVA and Louisville, will be racing with USC, one of the best teams in the Pac-12. We could have a barn burner if Mallory Comerford and Louise Hansson end up going head-to-head in the 100 and/or 200 free, but even if that doesn’t come to fruition, there will be a ton of fast swimming here. Teams generally suit up for this one, so fast means FAST.

The meet format is uniquely its own, with each team selecting eight swimmers and one diver to represent them throughout the two days. Swimmers are permitted three events per day, one of which must be a relay. Each team will field two swimmers per event, one swimming in the championship final and one in the consolation final. Relays will only have a championship final.

Ohio State v. Louisville v. Texas A&M

  • Dates – 10/12-10/13
  • Hosts – Ohio State

Why you should pay attention: Another cross-over, this one features OSU of the Big Ten, Louisville of the ACC, and Texas A&M of the SEC. While Louisville’s top women will be at the SMU Classic, the Aggie women are a team of interest as they are dealing with heavy 2018 graduations. The men’s meet will be great, too, as the Aggie men have one of the (if not the) best freshman classes they’ve ever had, and OSU freshman Ruslan Gaziev has already been making waves.


Meet Date
Utah @ Stanford 10/9
Kentucky, Missouri, Notre Dame @ Indiana 10/10
Utah @ Cal 10/10
Florida @ LSU 10/11
Illinois @ Indiana State 10/11
Howard & Manhattan @ American 10/12
Canisius @ Marist 10/12
West Virginia @ Marshall (West Virginia Games) 10/12
Michigan State @ Illinois (Chicago) 10/12
Michigan State @ Illinois 10/12
New Mexico State @ Wyoming 10/12
Northwestern Purple White Intrasquad 10/12
Oakland Black Gold Intrasquad 10/12
UMBC @ Navy 10/12
George Washington @ Penn State 10/12
Army @ Massachusetts 10/12
Bryant @ BC 10/12
Iowa State Intrasquad 10/12
Seton Hall @ Montclair State 10/12
Black vs. Gold Intrasquad (Purdue) 10/12
Tom Stubbs Relays @ Bowling Green 10/12
Minnesota @ Wisconsin 10/12
NC State @ South Carolina 10/12
Campbell @ Vanderbilt 10/12
Colorado Mesa @ BYU 10/12
Stanford @ Washington State 10/12
Pacific Lutheran @ Seattle 10/12
Colorado State @ Denver 10/12
Illinois State @ Indiana State 10/12
Youngstown State vs. Duquesne 10/13
Colgate @ Loyola 10/13
New Mexico State @ Northern Colorado 10/13
Maine @ Rhode Island 10/13
New Hampshire @ Vermont 10/13
Barton, Howard @ VMI 10/13
East Carolina @ William & Mary 10/13
Delaware @ George Mason 10/13
George Washington @ Pittsburgh 10/13
Philly Relays (La Salle) 10/13
Fairfield @ Massachusetts 10/13
Duke, Florida State @ Virginia Tech 10/13
Georgetown, JMU @ Towson 10/13
Indiana Intercollegiates 10/13
Siena @ Rider 10/13
Central Conn. State, LIU @ Sacred Heart 10/13
Campbell @ UNC Asheville 10/13
Drexel Intrasquad 10/13
St. Peters @ Lafayette 10/13
FIU Alumni/Intrasquad 10/13
Boise State @ Idaho 10/13
Boston U, Richmond @ Bucknell 10/13
Bowling Green Alumni meet 10/13
S. Dakota State, Valparaiso, W. Illinois (W) @ Northern Iowa 10/13
Arizona @ Grand Canyon 10/13
Georgia @ Arkansas 10/13
Missouri @ Vanderbilt 10/13
Holy Cross @ Iona 10/13
San Diego Alumni Meet 10/13
Cal Poly alumni meet 10/13
Eastern Illinois @ Lewis 10/13
UW Milwaukee @ Grand Valley State 10/13
UCSB Intrasquad 10/13
Boise State @ Washington State 10/14
Colorado Mesa @ Utah 11/11
Rice Invitational 10-12/10-13
Zip Classic (Akron Invite) 10/12-10/13
Missouri State, South Dakota @ Kansas 10/12-10/13
UNCW @ ODU 10/12-10/13
Louisville, Texas A&M @ Ohio State 10/12-10/13
UOP Invite (Pacific) 10/12-10/13
Pepperdine’s Malibu Invite 10/12-10/14

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Dick Clark
4 years ago

Nick Alexander for mizzou on the national team and doesn’t get a shout out?

4 years ago

Why would Louisville schedule two multiple team meets at the same time? Obviously they’ll get destroyed without their best swimmers.

Reply to  Klorn8d
4 years ago

Only two swimmers per event at the classic…

Reply to  Random123
4 years ago

Yeah there best group of swimmers will be there and then the rest of the team will be short handed against full strength teams at the other meet

IU Swammer
Reply to  Klorn8d
4 years ago

Probably because the team scores don’t count for much in these meets. Might as well get as many swims for as many of your swimmers as you can. It gives your third tier more experience against top talent. Swimmers who wouldn’t otherwise get to travel get to. The coach can see how the second tier swimmers handle pressure for relays. And helps the psyche of swimmers 9, 10, and 11.

Reply to  IU Swammer
4 years ago

I mean these meets matter, people care about the scores. Seems like you swam at IU, doubt people didn’t care about dual meet scores at IU

Gordon Wheeler Superfan
4 years ago

I’d also like to note the imminent domination that is about to occur when Gordon Wheeler touches the pool at the Zip Classic. Swim fans beware, this is a legend in the making.

4 years ago

Whats the rumor about the minnesota intrasquad?

4 years ago

Stanford just obliterated Utah today

Reply to  Swimmerj
4 years ago

Relax. also It seems that Stanford could use some sprint free… even if you use the 4 fastest splits from them Utah would have won that relay at the end. We know their distance crew can preform, time for the sprinters to step up.
On another note, great last swim from Utah in that relay. They always seem to get hyped for that relay.

Reply to  PKWater
4 years ago

Why do you just assume I’m talking about the men

4 years ago

Great to see so many cross-conference meets! Maybe these larger triple or quad duals will become more popular in future years…

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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