And so we begin our annual trek to score out psych sheets and try to come up with any kind of reasonable expectations for how the NCAA Championship meet might work out.
This year, the big conclusion is that while Drury are the favorites to win the NCAA Division II title for a record 11th-straight year, it won’t likely be by the 208-point blowout by which they won last season.
By psych sheet scoring, Drury, Queens, and Lindenwood are all sitting within 30 points of each other, which is a very insignificant margin in this context.
Scoring out D2’s is a little bit of a tougher challenge than in Division I or Division III because of the specific Division II rules. Swimmers are limited to the same 7 total events, but they have a little more flexibility in that they can swim up to four individual swims, as compared to just three allowed in the other divisions of the NCAA. This means that many swimmers wind up being over-entered on psych sheets for the meet, including a swimmer like Matthew Josa, who is actually entered in five individual events.
We’ve gone ahead and scratched him out of two, presuming that he will swim the same three individuals and four relays that he did at NCAA’s last year, but with the rest of the field, there’s still a lot of questions to be answered. about the who, what, and when of entries. Most of the top swimmers joined Josa in three individual and four relay events, but that varied.
At any rate, below is our “best effort” at scoring out the psych sheets. Consider a rough guide to how the meet might play out in two weeks in Indy. The racing begins on March 11th and runs through March 14th at the IUPUI Natatorium.
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