Official Psych Sheets Drop For The 2024 Women’s NCAA Championships

2024 WOMEN’S NCAA SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The official psych sheets for the 2024 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships were released Wednesday, along with the cut line, eligible relays, and a list of alternates should there be any scratches.

The competition is scheduled for March 20-23 in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia pool.

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SwimSwam’s projected cutline from Tuesday was right on as the cutline fell in the middle of line 37, higher than last year’s line 39.

The Virginia women originally had 19 swimmers projected to make the meet. With a roster limit of 18, the team has removed Maddie Donohoe from their roster. This moved Michigan’s Kathryn Shanley in for the 1650 freestyle.

The team may also have another decision to make after Zone Diving as Lizzie Kaye was 17th on both springboards at last year’s NCAA Championship. If the team were to drop another swimmer to make room for her, because that’s after the invite lists are out, then Belyakov from Duke would get in.

Before official invite lists are released, when swimmers are removed/scratched, they “move up” all the other swimmers in their respective events. After the invites, swimmers begin to be selected from the alternate list. If Virginia scratches a swimmer to allow room for diving, Duke’s Catherine Belyakov will be selected from the list of alternates.

OFFICIAL ALTERNATES LIST

  1. Catherine Belyakov, Duke 200 IM 1:57.05
  2. Emma Atkinson, Virginia Tech 200 back 1:54.08
  3. Ela Noble, Princeton 50 free 22.13
  4. Lexie Mulvihill, Auburnm 50 free 22.13
  5. Casey Caffrey, Northern Arizona 1650 free 16:15.27
  6. Elizaveta Klevanovich, Auburn 100 free 48.37
  7. Erin Dawson, Colorado State 400 IM 4:11.13
  8. Jessica Maeda, Denver 200 breast 2:09.75
  9. Mackenzie Brandt, Alabama 500 free 4:41.31
  10. Brooke Travis, NC State 1650 free 16:15.76

TOP SEEDS BY EVENT:

  • 200 medley relay – Ohio State, 1:33.47
  • 800 free relay – Virginia, 6:46.28
  • 500 free – Bella Sims, Florida, 4:32.53
  • 200 IM – Alex Walsh, Virginia, 1:51.76
  • 50 free – Gretchen Walsh, Virginia, 20.57
  • 200 free relay – Virginia, 1:23.63
  • 400 IM – Alex Walsh, Virginia, 4:00.52
  • 100 fly – Gretchen Walsh, Virginia, 48.25
  • 200 free – Bella Sims, Florida, 1:40.90
  • 100 breast – Mona McSharry, Tennessee, 56.87
  • 100 back – Katharine Berkoff, NC State, 48.70
  • 400 medley relay – Virginia, 3:22.49
  • 1650 free – Abby McCulloh, Georgia, 15:40.96
  • 200 back – Bella Sims, Florida, 1:49.04
  • 100 free – Gretchen Walsh, Virginia, 45.16
  • 200 breast – Alex Walsh, Virginia, 2:02.24
  • 200 fly – Emma Sticklen, Texas, 1:50.31
  • 400 free relay – Virginia, 3:07.34

Selection process

1. 35 of the men’s spots and 41 of the women’s spots are set aside for divers, who qualify for the meet at zone competitions closer the NCAA Championships. That leaves 235 men’s spots and 281 for the women.

2. Every ‘A’ cut put up this season is added.

3. The next fastest swimmers in each event are added until every event has the same number of entries. For example, if the 50 free were to have the most ‘A’ cuts of any event with 10, then every other event would get swimmers with the top 10 fastest times in.

4. Finally, one entry is added to each event to keep the entries per event even. This process is repeated until all of the swimming spots (235 for men, 281 for women) are filled. Keep in mind that as more rows are added, swimmers will start to double and triple up. The #1 seed in the 200 back might be the #15 seed in the 100 back – as the 15th row of swimmers is added to each event, she’ll be added to the 100 back list, but won’t take up another one of the 281 invite spots, as she already has her official invite.

5. The final row of swimmers added won’t come out exactly even. In the final row, the swimmers with entry times closest to the NCAA ‘A’ cut will get added first, and when the 235th man or 281st woman is added, the process stops. So the 100 fly could have 38 women and the 200 fly 39 women – that would mean the 39th 200 flyer was closer to the NCAA ‘A’ cut than the 39th 100 flyer and therefore won the ‘tie-breaker’ for the final spot.

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Hereforthecrazyshow
2 months ago

Did anyone qualify using long course meters times? If so, how can you tell?

Sherry Smit
2 months ago

Do team’s with relays that qualified have to use the same 4 swimmers? example Wisconsin’s 8FR had Carlson, Stoneburg, Gardner, and Bacon for a time of 6:58.05. That’s their seed time also, does that mean that all 4 have to be on that relay again at NC’s?

jeff
Reply to  Sherry Smit
2 months ago

no, they can use whoever they want on the relay

PCB
Reply to  jeff
2 months ago

is it true that the relay swimmer has to have also qualified for the meet individually, tho? Like there can’t be any relay-only swimmers… right?

I am asking — I could be wrong!

96Swim
Reply to  PCB
2 months ago

For teams that have an A cut on any relay, they can bring relay only swimmers but the NCAA does not give them funding to bring relay only swimmers. I am unclear if you can bring relay only swimmers if you qualified a relay by having four individual swimmers but no A cuts.

Diehard
Reply to  Sherry Smit
2 months ago

Remember last year UVA women’800 free relay was completely different? Not many thought Todd would go for the Gold and maybe sacrifice a bit on the others. But they won big time on way to winning all 5 relays!

Eli
2 months ago

Random question: does anyone know what happened to Elise Bauer of florida? She was one of Florida’s best 1650 stars in 2022, 16:06. she was an international team trials finalist, and went 16:32/8:37 by the end of the summer that year, then all of the sudden, regressed significantly. Now off of both SEC roster and NCAA’s. I know it’s not anyone’s business, but just curious as to why she’s no longer at that level.

jeff
2 months ago

damn first time since 2019 that UVA isn’t #1 seed in the 200 medley relay

Last edited 2 months ago by jeff
igor
2 months ago

For 6 swimmers qualified as # 37 – it would be much more fair to include all six (6) of them in inviting list, rather then to include four swimmers # 37, and not to include 2 swimmers #37. This meet can afford those two swimmers. Presented calculations are not too convincing, at least to me. Fairness is important, but this situation is not fair!

swimapologist
Reply to  igor
2 months ago

More? For sure. That would mean “more” swimmers get to go (I assume your child or teammate is one of these).

More fair? Why? Why does sending more make anything more fair? We’ve all developed such a warped sense of what this word “fair” means.

PCB
Reply to  swimapologist
2 months ago

It’s fair that if they allow some 37 seeds, to allow them all. That’s literally what fairness is.

igor
Reply to  PCB
2 months ago

correct! if they allow some 37 seeds, to allow them all

JimSwim22
Reply to  igor
2 months ago

U r either on the top 281 or not. 282 is outta luck

igor
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 months ago

Will see who is lucky and who is outta luck) Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

Lovetoswim
2 months ago

Are the swimmers below the invite line in order of next fastest times solely or are they swimmers who have already been invited in other events.

RealSlimThomas
Reply to  Lovetoswim
2 months ago

Once invited, you can swim any event you have hit the B-cut in. These are swimmers who will earn the right to swim at NCAAs, these are not swimmers who will earn additional swims.

Miss Ma'am
Reply to  Lovetoswim
2 months ago

people who have the B cut that have been invited in other events

Admin
Reply to  Lovetoswim
2 months ago

Swimmers below the invite line are swimmers who were invited in another event, and are then eligible to swim two other “B” cut races.

So everyone on this list is in to the meet, and these are the swimmers who are in to the meet (those below and above the Invite time). There could still be scratches pulling in alternates from the separate alternate lists.

Kevin
2 months ago

So Izzy Ivey is the #2 or #3 seed (if only her 2 free were a little faster) behind each of the triple top seed women. #2 to Alex in the 200 IM, #2 to Gretchen in the 100 free. #3 to Bella in the 200 free.

I’m not sure I have a point other than that feels rough to be “blocked” by the 3 mega stars. I suppose if she pulls off the triple upset that it would be epic. Extra Epic if Alex, Gretchen, and Bella win their other two events. It won’t happen, of course.

Again no real point, it just kinda jumped out at me.

Kevin
Reply to  Kevin
2 months ago

Brooklyn Douthwright has the same schedule as Ivey so she gets to face all three as well. I did some active poking to see if anyone else might, but didn’t see any. Not an exhaustive search by any means though

Tea rex
Reply to  Kevin
2 months ago

Technically, Tuggle is doing 500-4 IM-100. Don’t expect her to be the A Finals though

PCB
Reply to  Kevin
2 months ago

I could see her winning the 200 Free. She’s been 1:41.3.

Hmm
Reply to  Kevin
2 months ago

Someone referred to her once as the best swimmer to never win an event at NCAAs

urahrah
2 months ago

Are swimmers who qualified in less than 3 events still allowed to swim additional events they have a B cut in but weren’t selected for?

JimSwim22
Reply to  urahrah
2 months ago

Yes

Coach Chackett
Reply to  urahrah
2 months ago

Yes

urahrah
Reply to  Coach Chackett
2 months ago

*runs off to double check b cuts to see if I have this swimmer’s events correct now*

Admin
Reply to  urahrah
2 months ago

Only if they’re on this list. If they didn’t pre-enter those “B” cut events (for example, Minna Abraham) they can’t change their mind and add a 3rd event later: https://swimswam.com/uscs-minna-abraham-enters-only-2-individual-events-for-ncaas-leaving-room-for-5-relays/

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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