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