SwimSwam’s Comprehensive 2019-2020 College Swimming Preview Index

It’s September, and that means the start of the college swimming season.

We’ve spent the past few weeks dissecting every possible aspect of the coming NCAA season. You can check out any coverage you missed here, with links back to all of our preseason coverage, plus a few hints at what’s still to come.


As we do every year, we previewed each of the top 12 men’s and women’s teams in the nation in-depth. You can find all our previews here, or on our College Swimming Previews channel.

Louisville Cardinals #12
Kentucky Wildcats #11
USC Trojans #10
Michigan Wolverines #9
Minnesota Golden Gophers #8
Georgia Bulldogs #7 Florida Gators
Texas Longhorns #6
Tennessee Volunteers #5
NC State Wolfpack #4
Virginia Cavaliers #3 Indiana Hoosiers
Cal Golden Bears #2 Texas Longhorns
Stanford Cardinal #1 Cal Golden Bears

NCAA Division I Preseason Event Winner Picks

We got 8 staff members to pick each event winner half a year out. See our picks here:


We also ranked out the incoming freshman classes, pulling out the 12 best recruiting classes nationwide for both men and women:


In addition, we’ll be rounding out our preseason coverage with an updated set of our traditional Power Rankings, as voted on by a panel of SwimSwam writers and updated to include newly-revealed redshirts and surprise roster additions. Stay tuned to our College channel to keep an eye out for those rankings.

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2 years ago

Love looking into this stuff. Thanks SwimSwam!

2 years ago

The BEST articles for true NCAA swimming fans! Thank you.

2 years ago

Wild guess: Texas and Cal rank 1 and 2 for men. Not sure why, but I just get the feeling.

Big Fan
Reply to  DBSwims
2 years ago

You mean Cal and Texas rank 1 and 2.

Reply to  Big Fan
2 years ago

Nah, I wrote that right.

2 years ago

Will the women of Cal or Stanford be #1 & #2 or #2 and #1?

Chaitha D.
Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

Is that really a question? Stanford had them by a significant amount

DeSorbo Effect
Reply to  Chaitha D.
2 years ago

Nope Hoos should be #1. No grad pts. The #1 freshman class by miles. Stanford looses Eastin & Ruck.
But betcha Swimswam will show there bias and put DeSorbo’s team in #2. They like Meehan a lot here.

Reply to  DeSorbo Effect
2 years ago

Nonono. You’ve got it wrong. We currently have a PRO-Virginia bias, not an ANTI-Virginia bias. We haven’t had an ANTI-Virginia bias in at least 3 years. I know it can be hard to keep up with, since we have biases both pro and against every team in the country, but don’t worry, we’re here to help keep you organized!

Reply to  DeSorbo Effect
2 years ago

da desorbo fans showin lack of class as usual
always full of loud self praise hyping their no 1

go watch Coach Meehan prep his team minus all da trash talk n fireworks
no hype needed gonna keep dominatin ncs over da upstarts n everybodys

good response Braden

Old Swimmer
Reply to  DeSorbo Effect
2 years ago

I agree. Virginia should be numero uno. They have the best freshmen class by far. Hard to say if they will beat Stanford of Cal at NCAAs but they sure are looking good for the next few years

Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

I think Stanford has this one, though Cal has a great and very developmental freshman class, along with some current swimmers on the rise.

Silent Observer
2 years ago

Everyone talking about the #1&2 teams… Which is pretty much set in stone. 😂 😂 😂

I’m here to see the ranked #3-5 teams and how the early evaluations think this year will go!

Where do the UVA women, IU men and women, NCState men and women, Louisville women, USC men & GA men to fall? 🤔🤔🤔

Silent Observer
Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

*missed seeing the Louisville women at #12…. So we know how they rank 🙈

Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

I’ll predict women’s #6-#3 will likely be (in order) Texas, Tenn, NC State, Virginia. Texas and Tenn could be flipped, it’s a tough call. IU is out of the top 12. That is not a tough call.

Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

On the men’s side, IU, with the loss of Zapple, Finnerty, and Lanza, loses 147 points just from those three for individually and more for relays and I dont think Brendan Burns can pull that up. NC state mainly loses Ress and Vazaios (66 points), but gain a lot of good freshmen. Louisville lose Harting and Marcelo (which was only 26 points) and wasn’t even ranked in honorable mentions in swimswams rankings of recruiting groups. Alabama loses Howard and Laurent but mainly gains Bell. Harvard loses Brennan to graduation and Farris to redshirt but not much else for relay legs. Missouri loses all their individual points. Im really bad a ranking but the only things I know is that IU… Read more »

Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

Top 5 for men will be Cal, Texas, IU, NC state, Michigan

Top 5 for women is Stanford, Cal, Virginia, Tennessee, NC state

EDIT* I’ll put IU in 5th, moving NC state and Michigan up

2 years ago

Will any SEC team be ranked ahead of the UF guys?

Reply to  ItJustMeansMore
2 years ago

Doubt it. Next 6 should be Cal, Texas, Michigan, Indiana, NC State and Louisville (In no order). Might be a bit of a down year for the SEC as Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee all lost pretty key contributors

Reply to  Landrew
2 years ago

so Did florida with transfers

2 years ago

This is a free plug at this point…unless Braden wants to pay me, but if y’all would subscribe to SwimSwam magazine and help these guys keep this going you would already know the answers to all your speculation. They’ve already published their top teams and top swimmers in the magazine…and it is awesome.

Reply to  SwimParent
2 years ago

Thanks SwimParent! I’ve extended your subscription by one issue just as a ‘thank you’ for bringing some positivity to the comments sections, which so often lack it. 🙂

2 years ago

The suspense is killing me!

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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