2023 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- March 22-25, 2023
- Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center | Minneapolis, MN
- SCY (25 yards)
- Meet Central
- Pre-Selection Psych Sheets
- Live Results
The pre-selection psych sheets for the 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships were released Tuesday as conference championship action wrapped up over the weekend and teams are now gearing up for the season-ending finale in a few weeks’ time.
The Men’s NCAA Championships will run from March 22-25 at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Official psych sheets with cut lines will be published on Wednesday morning, though SwimSwam will release our cut line projection shortly.
The majority of the top swimmers entering the events we’d expect them too, though some did have a few different options so it’s interesting to look at what lineups key names ended up with. Here are a few:
- Leon Marchand – 200/400 IM, 200 breast
- Carson Foster – 200/400 IM, 200 back
- Hugo Gonzalez – 200/400 IM, 200 back
- Luke Hobson – 100/200/500 free
- Giovanni Izzo – 200 IM, 100 breast, 100 back
- Brendan Burns – 100 fly, 100 back, 200 fly
- Kacper Stokowski – 100/200 back, 100 fly
More notably than the entries, there are a few key names missing, including 2022 NCAA runner-up in the 200 breaststroke, Matt Fallon.
Currently in his sophomore year at Penn, Fallon ranks fourth in the NCAA this season in the 200 breast, though he was a bit off top form and placed third in both breaststrokes a few weeks ago at the Ivy League Championships. SwimSwam has reached out to Penn regarding his status.
Another name absent on the sheets is Virginia sprinter Matt King, who hasn’t raced at all during the second semester.
Top Seeds Per Event:
- 50 free – Jordan Crooks (TENN), 17.93
- 100 free – Bjorn Seeliger (CAL), 40.90
- 200 free – Grant House (ASU), 1:30.67
- 500 free – Gabriel Jett (CAL), 4:09.66
- 1650 free – Levi Sandidge (UKY), 14:31.47
- 100 back – Adam Chaney (FLOR), 44.17
- 200 back – Destin Lasco (CAL), 1:36.94
- 100 breast – Aleksas Savickas (FLOR), 50.73
- 200 breast – Leon Marchand (ASU), 1:47.67
- 100 fly – Youssef Ramadan (VT), 43.93
- 200 fly – Gabriel Jett (CAL), 1:39.27
- 200 IM – Leon Marchand (ASU), 1:37.81
- 400 IM – Leon Marchand (ASU), 3:31.57
Below, find the process in which swimmers are selected for the championship meet:
The NCAA invites the same number of overall swimmers every year. 270 men and 322 women make the meet every year. Depending on how many of those 270/322 athletes qualify in multiple events, the numbers can range some as to how many entries in each event get invited.
The simple part: “A” qualifiers get in automatically. Hit an “A” cut, and you’re set. Then the NCAA fills in the remaining spots with the next-fastest “B” cuts.
Here’s a step-by-step process for how the NCAA selects the 270 men and 322 women for each year’s invite list:
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” than the 39th 100 flyer and therefore won the ‘tie-breaker’ for the final spot.
My current top 6 and I say this with there being less than 50 points between Cal ASU and Florida. If Cal slightly underperforms (which I don’t believe is extremely likely) and guys like house, sarkany, Kos, and Dolan overperform their seeds, it’s fair game for the NCAA team title. Especially with Florida in there too.
5. NC state
ASU top 3 all I know fs
How are the pre selection psych sheets made? Did coaches send their swimmers times in? I see lots of missing times from swimmers I know who would have been up there.
Yes, coaches have to submit times. Some coaches submit times from athletes who they know won’t qualify just to see them on the list. Others don’t.
Where is Matt Fallon?
apparently has a back injury
Side question: Is ASU the first team to have 4 flat start 41s?
Probably.. NC State set the NCAA record in the 400 free relay in 2018. They had 3 A finalists all under 41.55, and then had Coleman Stewart on the relay splitting 41.6, but his best flat start at the time was a 43.25.
2019 could be another year to check for NC State, or Auburn in 2008/2009, but I don’t think it has happened before.
UF close if Cheney can reach his potential in the 100
IU in 2019. Blaskovic/Zapple/Peroni/Samy but Blaskovic could not swim the relay due to a back injury that year
Samy was the slowest in that group with a 41.98 flat start at NCAA 2019.
I see a few swimmers are 24, must be from the redshirt and covid year.
Also there’s 12 guys under 19 in the 50 free, with the 13th seed at 19.00.
Carson not in 500 free or 200 fly kinda confuses me. Can anyone explain why?
200 IM is probably a better choice for the team race. In the 500 free you have to think they are hoping to get Carozza or Enyeart into the B final (or better) and Carson being in it would lower their chances.
200 Back over 200 fly I have no idea.
maybe they feel his back is really on
If there was ever a year that Texas’s divers need to deliver, this is it. They could be the difference between 2nd and 5th.