Scoring The NCAA Men’s Teams Based On Midseason Rankings

Per the request of some of our commenters, we’ve gone through and scored out how the men’s NCAA team battle would go based on the midseason rankings. It should be noted that a handful of teams were without some of their best swimmers. For example, Texas was without Joseph Schooling at their invite, and Will Licon only swam one of his main individual races. Cal will bring back Long Gutierrez and add transfer Matt Josa in January. Some other teams, including Michigan and Georgia, had swimmers focus on the Short Course World Championships instead of collegiate invites.

This article only discusses scores based on the men’s rankings, which you can find here. We’re currently working on the women’s version, which will be posted soon.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Some swimmers were ranked in the top 16 in more than 3 events. We took their 3 highest finishes and dropped them out of the others, bumping the next fastest swimmers up into the top 16 and assigning scores accordingly.
  • It should also be noted that swimmers were able to swim all 5 relays at these invites, which they won’t be able to do at NCAAs unless the only swim 2 individual events.
  • Diving will play a role in the team scoring at NCAAs, which isn’t accounted for here.

NCAA Men’s Team Scores Based on Midseason Rankings

Place Team Score
1 California 394.5
2 Stanford 336
3 Texas 328.5
4 Missouri 236
5 Georgia 232
6 Southern California 220.5
7 Indiana 200.5
8 Florida 192.5
9 NC State 181.5
10 Louisville 180
11 Arizona 173
12 Alabama 163.5
13 Arizona State 89
14 Florida State 75.5
15 Texas A&M 74
16 Auburn 59
17 LSU 47
18 Wisconsin 45
18 Denver 45
20 Virginia 42
21 Cornell 29
22 Penn State 27
23 South Carolina 21
24 Kentucky 19
25 Minnesota 17
26 Georgia Tech 14
26 BYU 14
28 Tenessee 12
28 Northwestern 12
30 Harvard 10
31 UNC 7
31 Purdue 7
33 Ohio State 5
33 Duke 5
33 Navy 5
36 Cleveland State 4
37 Virginia Tech 2
37 UNLV 2
37 Missouri State 2

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3 years ago

So Emory would be 21st

Reply to  Osd
3 years ago

UCSD would be higher

Swimmer A
3 years ago

I’ll admit Stanford has looked remarkably better this season. Still don’t think they’ll make top 5 but they’re on the upswing. I think Cal cuts into the deficit from Texas at NCAAs, but I think Texas gets on top with Cal below them and Georgia/NC state/Florida fighting for 3rd through 5th.

Reply to  Swimmer A
3 years ago

Stanford’a freshmen (mid distance swimmers especially) are looking absolutely fantastic. They have four guys under 4:20 and three under the old school record. Their 800 free relay is going to be scary for the next couple years

3 years ago

add in 70 points for IU’s divers and they will easily be top 5

Reply to  Toast
3 years ago

Two years ago I believe the two divers that redshirted this year for IU scored 79 points… could shake things up quite a bit

Reply to  Toast
3 years ago

last year*

Reply to  Toast
3 years ago

IU is a program of substantive tradition, great alumni base, great academics, great coaching with momentum on their side. Yes with diving IU can challenge for a top 5 finish. Doc is probably happy about the possibilities now! TX, CAL, NC STATE, UGA, IU, UF, STAN, MISSOURI are my elite 8 picks. All great programs led by great coaches. FUN!

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