Scoring the NCAA Women’s Teams Based on 2017-18 Midseason Rankings

We’re now through the second round of NCAA midseason invites and it’s time to take a look at where the division 1 teams stand. Per the request of some of our commenters, we’ve gone through and scored out how the women’s NCAA team battle would go based on the midseason rankings. This article only discusses scores based on the women’s rankings, which you can find here. You can find the men’s rankings here and the men’s midseason scoring post here.

It should be noted that a handful of teams were without some of their best swimmers, but those swimmers are expected to be back in action in the second half of the season. For example, Stanford’s Simone Manuel, the reigning NCAA sprint champion, has been out with an injury. It’s also important to note that the Cardinal is absent from the 800 free relay because they chose not to swim it at the Art Adamson Invite. Other notable names missing are Stanford’s Megan Byrnes, Ohio State’s Liz Li, and USC’s Kirsten Vose, and NC State’s Courtney Caldwell.


  • Ocasionally, we’ll see a swimmer rank in the top 16 of more than 3 individual events. For example, Louise Hansson (6), Mallory Comerford (5), and Janet Hu (5) were each ranked in at least 5 events. In that case,  we take 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.
  • Swimmers were able to swim all 5 relays at these invites, which they won’t be able to do at NCAAs unless they only swim 2 individual events.
  • Diving will play a role in the team scoring at NCAAs, which isn’t accounted for here.
  • The article only includes division 1.
  • In some cases, the top teams may have had more than one relay rank in the top 16. We have only ranked and scored the fastest relay for each school.
  • If there was a tie for 8th or 16th, both swimmers were given the normal amount of points for their place because we can’t just call them up and ask for a swimoff.


Place Team Score
1 Stanford 383.5
2 Texas A&M 368
3 Cal 359.5
4 Louisville 260
5 Michigan 246.5
6 Southern Cal 211.5
7 Georgia 203.5
8 Tennessee 190
9 Texas 181
10 Kentucky 117
10 Indiana 117
12 Missouri 98
13 Virginia 95
14 Wisconsin 89
15 NC State 82
16 North Carolina 72
17 Florida State 65
18 Auburn 57.5
19 Arizona 54
20 Ohio State 40.5
21 Hawaii 40
22 Arizona State 36
23 Minnesota 32.5
24 Purdue 30
25 Alabama 22
25 Denver 22
27 Penn State 21
28 Pitt 18
29 Akron 13
30 UCLA 11.5
31 Florida 7
32 Duke 6.5
33 Virginia Tech 6
34 Georgia Tech 3
35 South Carolina 2
36 Notre Dame 1
36 Rice 1
36 Houston 1


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Texas A n M stepped up this yr freshman through seniors have swam well. In addition the breaststroke they have is so unmatched by everyone.

Big10 Boyz

A&M has had a great season so far, but I think there are a few Big 10 swimmers that may be there at NCAAs in the breaststroke events.


Agree actually but a n m a step above all they have 3 girls that could be top 8 in both 100 n 200


Florida #31



At least they’re projected to score. Even that is a win after last year. And they’ve got some great freshmen coming in. Vanessa Pearl is swimming lights out at Jnats.


Crazy that Alex Walsh would’ve placed 3rd at NCAAs in 100 breast.


It really makes no difference. Alex is not a college swimmer yet and who knows what will happen in the next 4 years. There are lots of record breaking age group swimmers that peak or burnout before they ever begin the college recruiting process!

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