SwimSwam Pulse: 36.4% Want To See 100 IM Added To NCAA Championships

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers which races they want to see added to the NCAA Championship schedule:

Question: Which event(s) would you like to see added to the D1 NCAA Championships?


  • 100 IM – 36.4%
  • Stroke 50s – 25.0%
  • Nothing – schedule is fine as is – 20.3%
  • 1000 free – 18.3%

This poll received a good number of votes for all four options, with the 100 IM leading the way at 36.4 percent.

The race has always been one that fans have wanted to see top swimmers race—primarily because it’s historically been so rare. For American swimmers, the only time they would ever really race the 100 IM was every two years at the Short Course World Championships, where Ryan Lochte reigned supreme by winning three consecutive titles and lowering the world record three times.

It was only recently that we got to see names like Caeleb Dressel and Beata Nelson race the event with the introduction of the International Swimming League, but it sure would’ve been something to see those two, Lochte, and so many other sprint stars race the yards event in collegiate competition.

25 percent said they wanted the stroke 50s added to the NCAA lineup, which would offer the backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly specialists a definitive third event to race (instead of having to dabble in the 200 IM), but adding three new events could be difficult scheduling-wise.

Just over 20 percent think the schedule is fine as is, while 18 percent want to see the 1000 free added, like it is at the Division II level.

Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks: How many U.S. Open Records will be set at the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships (combined)?

How many total individual US Open records will be broken during the men's and women's NCAAs (26 events)

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8 months ago

Add the 1IM and the 1000. Make them timed finals, place them on Wednesday. Go 1000, 1IM, [relay break] 800FR relay. Makes the first day more viable and more likely to get TV time if we’re watching arguably the most fun/exciting/entertaining short course race there is.

10U Dad
8 months ago

The 1IM is a crucial event for 12U swimmers to learn but IMO 13O is the time to put your big boy and big girl suits on and take on the 2IM and 4IM. Or spend the rest of your swim career doing NTS meets. In age group IMX scoring, the 1IM isn’t even measured. Next we’ll be voting on 25 yard races for NCAA swimmers so they can be competitive with 6U and 8U times.

Reply to  10U Dad
8 months ago

I disagree. There are so many versatile sprinters who are already limited because of the lack of stroke 50’s (think Micheal Andrew)- atleast give them one event to use their unique skill set in.

8 months ago

Make that 36.5% and 25.1%

8 months ago

I think the final number for US Open records broken will be well over 5. My ranking for potential US Open records at NCs, listed in order of my confidence level that they will get broken:
100 BK, 200 BR, 100 FL, 50 FR, 200 BK. Feel like there is a decent shot in all of those. Think Alex Walsh has an outside shot in the 200 IM as well.

For the men there’s fewer on notice:
200 FL, 200 BK, 500 FR, 400 IM, 200 FR. If Dean is on then 100 BK could become a conversation as well. Outside chance for McHugh in the 100 BR, and Reece in the 200.

I’d set the over under at 6.5

8 months ago

1000 free should be added. My daughter is 9:54 in the 1000, and 17:04 in the 1650 as a high school recruit… she’s always specialized in the 1000 solely, and gets very boxed out not being able to swim her best race in college

Reply to  Miranda
8 months ago

I’d be more open to adding a 1000 if the meet were longer. With just 3 days of individual events 2 500s, a 1000, then a 1650 is not setting your athletes up for success. Don’t think it was an accident that a Penn miler went way faster at a meet a week after Ivies to get her qualifying time for NCs. And with how swimming is viewed by the NCAA, we don’t need to make the sport more expensive by stretching out the meet. 100 IM fits nicely into the last day schedule.

8 months ago

Add the 1000 and an OW event in the fall!

8 months ago

I like to see the 50 strokes and the 100 IM, because they are quick, fun and do not add a lot of time, but if you look for and point of equality it would be the 1000 Free. Distance swimmers have the 500 free, the mile and then they have to look and see if there is anything else they can do fairly well (400 IM or 200 Free or double up the last day and go for the 200 of one of the other strokes).

Reply to  Dan
8 months ago

THIS!! sprinters have a viable third event in either the 2IM, 50/100 free, or another stroke 100, but distance swimmers are pigeonholed into the 500 and 1650. not to mention the upper mid 200/500 swimmers who can take a stab at the 1000 before hitting the ultra distance training schedule

Reply to  anon
8 months ago

Having the 1000 would also allow distance swimmers to train more like their foreign counterparts who would not necessarily be training for a 200 or 400IM

Power 5 swimmer
8 months ago

100 IM would be a blessing

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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