Only Two Mid-Major Swimmers Seeded To Score at 2021 Women’s NCAAs


  • When: Wednesday, March 17 – Saturday, March 20, 2021
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
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  • Defending champion: Stanford (3x) – 2019 results
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In a year where the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on mid-major athletic schedules, only two swimmers and zero relays from outside the Power-5 are seeded to score at women’s NCAAs.

The mid-major ranks have seen significant changes this year, with conferences like the Ivy League suspending all winter sports. Other conferences pushed their conference championship meets to later in the spring – that includes the CAA, the MAC, the Horizon League and the Summit League, among others. That made NCAA selection difficult for athletes in those conferences.

Here’s a look at some of the top mid-major swimmers (defined as swimmers from conferences outside of the Power-5 group of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) to watch at this week’s national championship meet.

Top Projected Scorers From Mid-Major Conferences

Sydney Harrington, Navy (9): Harrington comes in as the 9th seed in the 200 fly (1:53.74). She was the 19-seed heading into last year, which would have been her first NCAA appearance. Harrington is a junior.

Klara Thormalm, San Diego State (3): Thormalm is the 14th seed into the 100 breast (59.14) as a senior. Last year, she was a bubble scorer (18th in the 100 breast; 21st in the 200 breast) heading into the meet, but was expected to move up from there. She won the NCAA B final back in 2019, going 58.9 in the 100 breast

Other Scoring Candidates (with seeds)

  • Ioanna Sacha, Houston – 20th in 200 back
  • Martina Thomas, Navy – 21st in 200 free
  • Antonia Naccarella, Buffalo – 23rd in 100 free
  • Sarah Watson, Akron – 24th in 100 fly
  • Mykenzie Leehy, Houston – 24th in 200 free
  • Anna Metzler, New Hampshire – 26th in 400 IM
  • Susan Lagrand, Oakland – 26th in 200 back

Other invitees:

  • Daisy Platts, Bowling Green
  • Katie McBratney, BYU
  • Petra Halmai, FGCU
  • Jasmine Nocentini, FIU
  • Payton Keiner, Liberty
  • Donna Depolo, Nevada
  • Ellery Parish, Rice

There won’t be any mid-major relay scoring. That’s because no mid-major schools qualified a relay for women’s NCAAs this season.

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6 months ago

I see you NAVY…. rooting for you!
GO NAVY, beat army

OU Pride
6 months ago

Keep your eye on Susan! One of the hardest workers in the pool

Reply to  OU Pride
6 months ago

All of the Horizon league should be rooting for her!

Wings up girl
6 months ago

Go petra!! Wings up!!

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