We haven’t seen the final post-cut psych sheets, but one area where there is certainty is surrounding the top-16 swimmers in each event that makes up the scorers. Below, we’ve scored out the meet, based on psych sheets, though there’s still some change that swimmers will scratch individual events, etc.
Based on the psych sheet scoring, I think a lot of people will be surprised at the top 4, which shows Georgia, A&M, Cal, and Florida, in that order. After the SEC Championships, there was plenty building momentum for the Bulldogs, and many people probably changed their minds about who was the “favorite,” but to be 41 points ahead of Cal is a surprise. Neither team was at a full rest, certainly, at their respective conference meet; the bonus for Cal is their upside. Georgia has three relays that are seeded #1 in the country (the three free relays) even without being rested. As compared to seed, the Golden Bears could move up much further.
Virginia, the ACC Champions, are seeded one spot behind North Carolina; again, we know that Virginia wasn’t rested for that meet. Also consider that diving isn’t factored into these scores, so schools like Missouri, Auburn, and Tennessee have a chance to make a big move up the rankings.
The Bulldogs, thanks to incoming transfer and All-American Laura Ryan, should extend their “predicted” margin over Cal even further. A&M and USC, other expected top-5 teams, also have very good diving groups. Teri McKeever’s group is going to have to be very, very good at NCAA’s if they want to pull off the three-peat.
(Note: this scoring was done before there were a few revisions to the psych sheets, though there were no changes that would have huge scoring implications, just a few points here-and-there.)
|West Virginia University-WV||14|