SwimSwam Pulse: Voters Pick Texas Over Cal By Narrow 1.1% Margin

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 for their NCAA men’s title predictions:


Question: Who will win 2019 Men’s NCAAs?

  • Texas – 44.4%
  • Cal – 43.3%
  • Indiana – 7.7%
  • NC State – 2.9%
  • Other – 1.7%

Voters are extremely split on who will win the 2019 men’s Division I NCAA title: Texas led our poll, but by barely more than one percentage point, and by just 7 total votes.

This is certainly the most split fans have been over the past few years, no matter how much the narrative of ‘everyone is doubting Texas’ persisted. Last year, we ran a poll before the meet, with Texas topping Cal 47.0% to 30.4%. The year prior, Texas led our pre-meet poll 74.5% to 14.0%. Indeed, almost every time we’ve had an NCAA-centric poll, the vast majority of voters have backed Texas.

Texas fans and athletes have used the famous Bill Simmons ‘nobody believes in us’ card to perfection the past couple years, somehow reframing themselves as doubted underdogs even as polls show a strongly-held belief that they would, indeed, win. This should be the first year in a long while that anybody is doubting Texas, at least from a numbers perspective. The Longhorns are still considered the favorites to repeat (they’ve been #1 in our Power Ranks in four out of five editions this season), but by a much narrower margin. Only 4 of our 5 rankers put Texas at #1, and SwimSwam readers are even more split, judging by this poll.

Indiana garnered just 7.7% of the votes. Last year, they got 4.7% of the votes going into the meet, but spiked when we posed the question again during the first two days of the meet – they wound up getting 31% of winner votes during the meet, leading Texas and Cal.

NC State got almost three percent, and other teams took in about a percent and a half.


Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks voters for their thoughts on the controversial DQ of Michigan’s Siobhan Haughey out of the 200 IM at women’s NCAAs:

Did you agree with the DQ of Siobhan Haughey in the 200 IM at NCAAs?

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Right Dude Here

Same story different year


Can’t be good for the sport. Swimming at the college level needs more parity. At the top there are only 2 or 3 teams have a shot at the title. At the bottom there are so many programs don’t have a single qualifier. I’m afraid the program cut will continue and kids have less chance to swim in college.


This meet is a dead heat. Indiana is the strongest team swimmer for swimmer, they just don’t have enough of them.

IU Swammer

We will probably put someone in the A final in every event except the 400 IM and 500 free, including relays and diving, while only brining 12 athletes. I’m sad to say that I agree. We just don’t have enough scorers to win without Texas and Cal making mistakes.


Dead heat? With diving Texas is highly favored to win. Same ish, different year.


I have Texas with with a 13 point win. That’s a dead heat.


Texas is the Perfect Storm- great swimmers and great divers. If everyone can bring it on, they should be looking good for a repeat win.


Won’t it be a 5 peat?

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