Pre-Selection Entry Lists for 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships Revealed

The pre-selection entry list for the 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships is out, giving us a first look at possible NCAA swimmer, and event, choices. While this sheet doesn’t tell us who has been invited to the championship, SwimSwam’s Andrew Mering has projected the field here, which shows that everyone ranked 29th or higher in an event will go, as well as the first 2 swimmers from the 30 line. Once invited individually, a swimmer is eligible to swim any other event in which he has at least a “B” cut, regardless of where he’s ranked in those other events.

For these lists, coaches were required to specify the 3 events in which they hope to enter their swimmers, though they were not required to cut down to the roster limit of 18. Even once the selection sheets are revealed (likely Tuesday), they could still be impacted by illness, injury, or teams adding divers to their NCAA rosters and going over the 18-swimmer limit.

The Cal men lead the way with 17 qualifiers, and already have had a diver earn a spot at NCAAs. That doesn’t require them to have to cut anyone yet, but if they were to qualify 2 more (divers only count as half of a roster spot), they’d have a decision to make. Texas, meanwhile, the presumptive NCAA favorites, only have 15 qualified this season, which is down from the 17 swimmers qualified last year.

Teams also have the option to bring un-invited relay only swimmers to the meet, which impacts their roster limits. Cal won’t be able to do so without making a cut elsewhere.

Teams with double digit invites are below. Click here to see the full team-invite rankings.

  • Cal – 17
  • Texas – 15
  • Stanford – 14
  • Florida – 13
  • Auburn – 11
  • Louisville – 10
  • NC State – 10
  • USC – 10
  • Georgia – 10

More analysis to follow.

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3 years ago

Some of the A times are wrong– like the 800 free relay the A cut is 6:20. Why are teams listed with an A cut that have a slower time?

Reply to  Wow
3 years ago

In fact it seems like whoever put this together used the relay times from last year

Reply to  Wow
3 years ago

The provisional standard is 6:24.50. All relays on the sheet fall under that number. It’s possible for relays with the provisional standard to swim in their team qualifies 4 individuals.
See “Relay Qualification Procedure”

Reply to  Andrew Mering
3 years ago

I’m stating they’re listing teams with A cuts that don’t have them–

Reply to  Wow
3 years ago

Wow – are you looking at the “A” listed under “relay”? If so, those don’t designate “A” cuts, but rather each team’s “A” relay. It’s kind of superfluous given each team only gets one relay entry, but that’s what it’s representing on the psych sheets.

Reply to  Jared Anderson
3 years ago

Well I’m an idiot

Reply to  Andrew Mering
3 years ago

How exactly are relays qualified? 2 or 3 years ago it was one relay had to have an A cut and any number of Bcut relays could then swim (assuming you had at least one individual qualifier). I know it’s changed but I couldn’t make out the exact qualification standards from the rules when I read the the other day. If a team has less than 4 individual qualifiers and only Bcut relays, can they swim the relays at the championships?

3 years ago

This is shaping up to be a great meet. Two freshman top the 200 Free top seeds, Will Licon and Michael Chadwick opt for the 100 breast instead of other events, and Quoh Zeng could really do something crazy in the 200 fly. Don’t think he could upset Schoolig or Conger, but he’ll dig into those “exclusive” fly points Texas is all about. Can’t wait!

Justin Pollard
Reply to  YoungFish11
3 years ago

Along with a guy named Andrew Seliskar who hit 1:39 in the 2 fly last year. Cal has a good 1-2 punch in this event. Not as good as Texas, but one of the top 3 best in the past decade. The other that comes to mind is Shields/Hamilton when Hamilton upset Shields as a Freshman.

3 years ago

Someone score this

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