SwimSwam Pulse: 70.9% Think Texas Women Exceeded Expectations The Most At NCAAs

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 women’s team outperformed expectations the most at the NCAA Championships:

Question: Which team exceeded expectations the most at women’s NCAAs?


  • Texas – 2nd place over Stanford – 70.9%
  • Florida – 13th place (25th on psych sheets) – 15.9%
  • Louisville – 6th place (13th last year) – 13.2%

Coming in at nearly 71 percent, the University of Texas women dominated the poll, pulling off an upset runner-up finish over the Stanford Cardinal.

The Virginia Cavaliers came in as the defending champions and were the undisputed favorites to repeat, but the prevailing sentiment was that Stanford was the clear #2 and would have a chance to keep things interesting with UVA.

The Cavs ended up dominating, but Texas performed exceptionally well in the pool and picked up 90 diving points to edge out the Cardinal by six and a half points, 406 to 399.5, to claim second, the program’s highest finish since 1994.

The Longhorns outscored their projected psych sheet points by 83.5, which was the most of any team at the championships. They had six swimmers score 25+ points individually, led by junior Kelly Pash with 44.

Just under 16 percent of voters selected the Florida Gators, who were only seeded to score 16 points in the pool and ended up putting more than 6x that number (99) to finish 13th overall, also adding 17 diving points.

13 percent voted for the Louisville Cardinals, who were 13th last season and seeded 12th based on psych sheet scoring but put up 62 points more than their projections to finish sixth.

Also: Last Week’s Results

For the 32.7 percent of you that voted for Leon Marchand to score the most individual points at Men’s NCAAs, you were right!

Marchand won two events and was the runner-up in the other to score 57 points, with LSU’s Brooks Curry (53), Cal’s Destin Lasco (52) and Georgia’s Luca Urlando (50) also putting up 50+ points.

Lasco (5.4%) and Urlando (2.7%) received the fifth and eighth-most votes in the poll, respectively, while Curry wasn’t even included and had a standout showing with two wins (50/100 free) and a third ‘A’ final appearance in the 200 free.

Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks: What was the biggest upset of the NCAA Championships:

What was the biggest upset of the NCAA Championship meets? (Individual events)

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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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