Scoring the 2016 NCAA Division II Men’s Psych Sheets

After scoring out the psych sheets for the 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Championship, we now turn our attention to the men’s meet, which is to be held concurrently on March 9-12 at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

157 male swimmers from 31 teams have been selected to compete at the DII meet. Defending champion Queens University of Charlotte is hoping to repeat their dominant performance of 2015, but the absence of NCAA record-holder Matt Josa (200 free, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly, and 200 IM), who has taken a redshirt year to train for Olympic Trials, will be felt in Indianapolis. Queens has qualified 10 swimmers, 2 fewer than Lindenwood. Delta State and Drury both have 9 invited swimmers, while a handful of other teams boast 8 each. Queens will have their hands full with Lindenwood, but the additional relays and divers could play a big role in the standings, especially for many of the teams in the second tier vying for third through tenth.

Scoring the DII psych sheet is challenging. Unlike in Divisions I and III, Division II rules allow a swimmer to compete in up to four individual events. Swimmers are still held to a seven-event limit, but it is up to the individual teams to determine where their swimmers are most useful. The men’s psych sheet is even more difficult to score than the women’s because more of the athletes are over-entered (in 4 or 5 individual events). We have therefore tried to compensate by making certain assumptions, but it is far from a perfect science.

We should also point out that our model includes the invited relays but not diving. The lion’s share of diving points went to St. Cloud State, Grand Valley State, Clarion, Cal Baptist, and Wayne State last year and these teams look poised to score heavily again this year on the boards.

As a reminder, last year’s top ten were: Queens (NC) 433.; Drury 417.5; Lindenwood 359; Wayne State 285; Florida Southern 273.5; Grand Valley 264; Nova S’Eastern 260; Bridgeport 214.5; Tampa 176; Cal Baptist 171.5.

Here is our version of the psych sheet –without diving included– for 2016 NCAA Division II Men’s Championships:

Team Points
Lindenwood 386
Queens 355
Nova Southeastern 204
Tampa 194
Delta State 183
Saint Leo 177
Drury 174
Missouri S&T 173
Grand Valley 165
Florida Southern 164
Colorado Mesa 159
Cal Baptist 153
West Chester 120
Simon Fraser 117
Wingate 102
Indianapolis 93
Florida Tech 80
UC San Diego 79
Fresno Pacific 58
Bloomsburg 57
Wayne State 44
Northern Michigan 43
Limestone 36
Truman State 30
Southern Connecticut 21
Findlay 16
Ouachita Baptist 13
St. Cloud State 13
Missouri St. Louis 13
Saginaw Valley 9
Bridgeport 9


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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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