The Texas men were so dominant at the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships that they single-handedly outscored all but 3 conferences at the meet.
Their 541.5 points is 5 more than the 8 Big Ten teams that were represented at the meet by swimmers scored combined.
Texas was joined by West Virginia at the meet, but the Mountaineers failed to contribute to the scoring load.
By sheer overwhelming dominance, the SEC, with 6 of the top 10 teams, came away with the most points at 1440.5. That’s more than twice as many as the next-highest scoring conference, the Pac 12. The SEC also had the most diving points at 121.
The Big Ten was the lowest-scoring conference among the “power 5,” due in large part to a 139.5-point slide from their swimmers versus seed. A 101-point performance from the conference’s divers, the second-most behind the SEC, helped lift them, however. The Big Ten’s highest-placing team this year was Indiana at #9, with Michigan coming in at 12th.
Top honors among mid-major conferences went to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The school was represented by two scoring teams, BYU (40 points) and Hawaii (12 points), which put them ahead of the Ivy League’s 49 points (from 5 teams).
This was a year to celebrate for the mid-majors. In general, while the top swimmers at the meet put on the most incredible record-breaking display we’ve seen outside of the supersuit era (and maybe even moreso than that), the big teams also had a lot of faltering from their mid-pack athletes. The result of those slips, along with a few breakthroughs from mid-major veterans like Chris Swanson and Cleveland State’s Philipp Sizatski, was 47 scoring teams, up from just 40 last year.
The ACC had 10 out of its 12 programs score (Notre Dame and Boston College are the exceptions), the SEC had all 10 of its sponsored men’s teams score, and the Pac-12 had all 6 of it’s sponsored men’s teams score.
Below, see a table breaking down each conference’s performance at the meet.
|Number of Teams Scoring||Final Score||Psych Score Swim Only||Final minus Psych||Diving Points||Swimming Points||Swimming Final minus Psych|