The official psych sheets and invite lists for the 2016 NCAA Division II Championships have been released, and the defending NCAA Champions from Queens are contenders to repeat with 13 women’s and 10 men’s qualifiers to the meet (including relay-only swimmers).
The division’s historically-dominant program Drury and the best team in the west UCSD also bring 13 women to the meet. On the men’s side, while Queens has the division’s best swimmer Nick Arakelian, Lindenwood actually will take more swimmers to the meet.
Women’s Teams With double-digit Qualifiers:
- Queens (13)
- Drury (13)
- UCSD (13)
- Wingate (11)
- Lindenwood (10)
Men’s Teams With the most Qualifiers:
- Lindenwood (12)
- Queens (10)
- Delta State (9)
- Drury (9)
- Florida Southern (8)
- Missouri S&T (8)
- West Chester (8)
Note that Division II swimmers are allowed to enter 5 events pre-meet and can scratch an event up until the start of the prelims session of that day to get down to the maximum allotted 4 events.
The women’s cut-lines were a little more forgiving this year, with 17 or 18 swimmers chosen in each event. That’s as compared to 16 or 17 last year.
The men’s invite lists, meanwhile, got much tougher, with just 12 or 13 invited as compared to 14 or 15 last year.