The Texas men’s swimming & diving team has won four our of the past five DI national championships. However, since they often taper less for their mid-season invites than some of the other top programs, they haven’t always looked dominant heading into the spring semester. But their performance this season at the Minnesota Invite left few questions about who the top dog is so far.
Using the Swimulator, we can compare the results from the past four year’s mid-season taper meets to see how Texas’ Men’s swimming teams’ performance this season ranks against their past results. Shown below is a simulated meet with Texas’ lineup from this season completing against their lineups from the past three seasons. The events and times are taken from the results of each year’s mid-season invite and scored invite style. The results below show that Texas has significantly sped-up during their mid-season taper meets.
A similar swimulation using Texas’ swims from DI nationals the past three seasons shows they had their best nationals results in 2017. So at least in past seasons their mid-season speed up is likely not just a result of their roster getting faster overall.
We can also confirm how much Texas has tapered mid-season using the Swimulator’s taper data. Shown below is a chart of Texas’ % time drops from their top times during the middle of the season the past two years.
Of course a combination of internal improvement and a great freshman class – they certainly looks good so far! – is certainly contributing to Texas’ excellent performance. At the same time they also appear to have been concentrating on performing well at their mid-season invite.