**Update: We accidentally gave Texas’ points to Texas A&M while scoring out the 200 freestyle relay. The projected scores have been corrected.
Yesterday, the NCAA released their pre-cut sheets for the 2015 Men’s NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, only the top 16 swimmers and relays will score points in their respective events.
After scoring out the meet without diving, The USC Trojans are the favorite to win the met by 3 points over the Texas Longhorns. Southern California’s freestyle group led by Cristian Quintero might be one of the best we’ve seen in years. Even with major holes in the individual medleys as well as the 200 backstroke, USC’s 100, 200, and 500 freestyle groups are projected to score big points with at least two swimmers in each A final.
Eddie Reese and the Longhorns will look to find a way to add an 11th NCAA championship to the schools history. Texas is projected to score in every event outside of the 100 breaststroke in Iowa City. Look for Eddie’s Fly group to make some noise as the butterfly quartets are projected to score 52 points in the 200 butterfly as well as an astounding 56 points in the 100 butterfly.
The meet is going to be very tight with the top 7 teams all projected to finish within 75 points of each other. Without diving added in, Florida is expected to finish third with 317.5 points and the 2013 National Champions from Michigan are expected to finish fourth with 310 points.
NC State will need to capitalize on their relays this year if they want to stay in the running for a top 5 finish this year. They looked strong last year as well, but a few unfortunate relay disqualifications really hurt them at the NCAA Championships.
The defending NCAA champions from the University of California are projected on paper to finish sixth in Iowa. Expect Dave Durden to have the Cal Bears ready in two weekends to out-perform their seed times as they have in their previous 3 national championship runs.
This list will change around a little bit once diving scores can be added in. With three diving events at the NCAA Championships, a good diver or two can make a huge impact.
Below is a breakdown of the points awarded for each event at the NCAA Championships:
A Final Points For Individual Events
1. 20 (40 relays)
2. 17 (34 relays)
3. 16 (32 relays)
4. 15 (30 relays)
5. 14 (28 relays)
6. 13 (26 relays)
7. 12 (24 relays)
8. 11 (22 relays)
B Final Points For Individual Events
1. 9 (18 relays)
2. 7 (14 relays)
3. 6 (12 relays)
4. 5 (10 relays)
5. 4 (8 relays)
6. 3 (6 relays)
7. 2 (4 relays)
8. 1 (2 relays)
This list is based off of the NCAA’s Pre-cut sheet published this morning. Click here to view that psych sheet. The 2015 Men’s NCAA Championships will be held from March 26-28, 2015 at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
|27||Univ of Utah||18|
|T41||Air Force (M)||0|
|T41||Fla Atlantic (M)||0|
|T41||Missouri St. (M)||0|