Scoring Out The 2020 NCAA Men’s D1 Pre-Selection Psych Sheets


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After this morning’s release of the NCAA pre-selection psych sheets, we’ve got our first round of team point prognostications – scoring out the psych sheet.

We scored out the psych sheet by hand, so bear with us if there are any updates coming as we continue to go back over our numbers. Of course, meets are swum on paper, but these scores do give us an idea of where teams stand heading into NCAAs.

These scores do not include diving, where qualifiers are being finalized this week at Zones. They do include relays, though, in the qualifying order listed on psych sheets.

2019 Performance

The other factor, of course, is how well teams hold their seeds at NCAAs. Here are the teams that moved the most from seed at last year’s NCAA meet, in swimming points only:

Biggest risers:

  1. California: +158
  2. Harvard: +83
  3. Texas: +80
  4. NC State: +54

Biggest fallers:

  1. Michigan: -135
  2. Tennessee: -90
  3. Florida: -81
  4. Alabama: -50.5
  5. Missouri: -49.5

Psych Sheet Scoring, 2020 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships – Swimming Only

Psych sheet scoring has Texas leading Cal by 32.5 points. Texas also scored 84 diving points last year to Cal’s zero, and look perhaps stronger in diving this year. On the other hand, Cal outperformed its seeds by a huge margin last year, almost double what Texas did.

Rank Team Seeded Points
1 Texas 474.5
2 California 442
3 Florida 269
4 Indiana 251.5
5 Michigan 249.5
6 Texas A&M 243.33
7 Arizona State 178
8 Alabama 177
8 NC State 177
10 Louisville 176.5
11 Ohio State 170
12 Arizona 86.5
13 Florida State 77
14 Notre Dame 67
15 Missouri 61
16 Virginia 54
17 Georgia 39
17 Virginia Tech 39
19 Minnesota 36
20 Tennessee 34
21 LSU 32
22 William & Mary 26
23 South Carolina 22.5
24 Penn State 21
25 Denver 20.5
25 Purdue 20.5
27 Stanford 19
28 Auburn 18
29 Kentucky 14
30 Harvard 12
30 USC 12
32 Pittsburgh 9
32 Hawaii 9
34 Princeton 8
35 Georgia Tech 7
36 West Virginia 5
37 Northwestern 3.33
38 Yale 2
38 Wisconsin 2
40 UNC 0.33

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Swim fan
2 years ago

When auburn scores a whole 18 points!

2 years ago

Big drops from Texas is a no brainer as they don’t have to do much to win Conference. Also the PAC 12 elite have historically aimed at NCAA’S and not fully rested for Conference. Probably because Pac 12 is so close to NCAA’S they just prepare for it as part of prep for NCAA’S. Whereas the Big 10 and SEC are all in on winning Conference. Then ramping back up for NCAA’S. The very elite swimmers will rise up again but the borderline point getters may slip.

Reply to  Ecoach
2 years ago

I don’t think it is about how easy their conference is but how many already had times from their fall invite that would secure them spots at ncaas. There are other swimmers in tough conferences that don’t taper because they have secured spots earlier in season. And the Texas have elite talent and elite coaching

2 years ago

Cal will out swim Texas- not even close but Texas Diving and swimming has a shot of pulling off the upset

2 years ago

Eddie Reese had a press conference today. Watch at:

Horns up
Reply to  PsychoDad
2 years ago

Thank you!

Reply to  Horns up
2 years ago

Follow Texas Men Swim and Dive on Twitter: @TexasMSD

Joel Lin
2 years ago

If Texas wins it will make FIVE different decades in which Eddie Reese coached them to an NCAA title. 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s & 2020s.

I could only find a short list of NCAA coaches in any sport which have won titles in 3 consecutive decades, most notably Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma & Coach K in basketball. Couldn’t find one in other any sport that has done it in four consecutive. It appears Eddie stands alone with four & is a win away from five decades with an NCAA title.

Mind boggling. He’s the greatest coach in the history of NCAA sports, no doubt, full stop. Incredible.

2 years ago

Notre Dame is seeded to have it’s best NCAA meet ever! Good luck to the Irish! Finish strong on a great season!
Go Irish!

2 years ago

Does Yale’s relay get to go? I did not spot an individual qualifier, unless I either missed it or its a diver. Don’t you need one individual qualifier to get the relay in? Happy to be wrong…

Blathering Blatherskyte
Reply to  Daaaave
2 years ago

They swam an auto in the 200 free relay last week at Princeton, so they’ll get to swim any of their relays that had at least a B – they’ll have to pay the way for four of their kids to go, and can only have those four swimming every time, though. No individual swims for those four either, only the relays

Reply to  Blathering Blatherskyte
2 years ago

Thanks BlaBla – glad that’s the case. Love to see Ivies and mid-majors in the mix.

Reply to  Daaaave
2 years ago

Ivies and mid-majors should just swim the D-3 meet and not try to play in the big leagues.

Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
2 years ago

Chris Swanson (Penn) and Dean Farris (Harvard) have both won an individual NCAA title in recent years. Mark Nikolaev from Grand Canyon has been very competitive in the past, and right now Raunak Khosla is looking like a potential finalist in the 400IM and maybe the 200 IM. Also, the Denver sprinters might make it back into finals. These teams will not be contending for team titles, but that doesn’t mean the elite swimmers from these teams/conferences shouldn’t be at this meet

Jay ryan
Reply to  JCO
2 years ago

And don’t forget all the ivy scorers over the past years. Mark Andrew from Penn I. The medleys. Harvard’s relays khosla in the fly and Im from last year alone. Did t Harvard take 8th last year? Ahead of Stanford.

Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
2 years ago

Sounds good – as long as everyone at all those ‘jock schools’ stay out of all prestigious, high-paid jobs, am I right?

2 years ago

what was last years pre meet scoring? wasn’t texas also scored ahead of cal going into the meet?

Andrew Mering
Reply to  swimmerdude
2 years ago

No. Texas were 91 points behind Cal on the psych sheet last year.

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