SwimSwam Pulse: 90% Predict Stanford as NCAA Champs

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 to predict this year’s women’s NCAA champions about four months ahead of time.


Question: Who is your preseason pick to win women’s NCAAs?

  • Stanford – 90.2%
  • California – 4.5%
  • Texas A&M – 2.2%
  • Georgia – 1.7%
  • Other – 1.4%

90% of SwimSwam voters proved their sanity this week, selecting Stanford to win the 2018 women’s NCAA title.

That would mark back-to-back titles for Stanford, hailed as one of the strongest rosters in college swimming history. The team includes a pair of individual world and Olympic champs (Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel) along with defending NCAA champ Ella Eastin and reigning American record-holder Ally HoweAdded to that is a stellar recruiting class we ranked #1 nationwide this summer.

That 90% figure is a marked departure from our similar poll on the men’s side, in which only 66% of voters picked Texas to win its fourth-straight NCAA title.

California nabbed a little more than 30 votes in all, but still double the number of votes collected by third-place Texas A&M. Georgia only got about 1.7% of total votes.

We only included the top 4 programs from a year ago as options in this poll, and 10 voters selected the “other” category.


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College Swimming
6 years ago

What’s new? (Yawn) I want some excitement in Women’s college swimming! Let’s talk about who will be in the 2nd and 3rd positions, shall we? How about Michigan, Louisville, USC & TA&M!

6 years ago

Were the other 10% completely drunk?

6 years ago

The Stanford women will win atleast until the end of the decade.
It seems that if you’re an elite female swimmer picking a college to swim at, and you don’t pick Stanford, you rule out being on a national championship team

Reply to  Nah
6 years ago

Okay, yes. But at the same time, if Stanford doesn’t want you, then there’s not much to do about it.

6 years ago

I don’t know why Indiana beating a team they beat last year is a shock

6 years ago

10% of people are really optimistic. But lets not kid ourselves, it would take the big 3 Katie, Simone and Eastin to be out of the meet for another school to have a chance. And with next years class the gap between Stanford and the others gets even more ridiculous Coach gets lots of hates on his comments cause its so pro Stanford but it really is the truth, they are the most dominant team in the world.

Reply to  Uberfan
6 years ago

I’m not sure what’s going on with Simone Manuel. She didn’t swim in the USA vs Pac-12 meet because of a minor injury. She has yet to swim in a meet this season if I’m not mistaken. Does anyone know what’s going on? I hope she gets better soon. ?

6 years ago

It looks like they will be streaming the Dual Meet between Stanford and NC State today at 1:00 PM if anyone is interested in watching it. The link isn’t active yet, but it’s at the top of this Release:


Reply to  CraigH
6 years ago

That’s on the 13th not today.

Reply to  Hswimmer
6 years ago

Stanford-NC State Women’s Meet was today. It was a total beatdown:


Reply to  CraigH
6 years ago

Anybody that Stanford swims will get a beat down. Only 90%?? That means 10% of the people know nothing about swimming

Reply to  Hswimmer
6 years ago

HSwimmer- The meet was today. There were some good swims! Here is the recap on SwimSwam:


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