Texas A&M had a fantastic morning at the final prelims session of the 2014 Women’s Division I NCAA Championship. The Aggies lead the nation with 9 point-scoring swims tonight (not including platform diving or the mile). 4 of those 9 are in the championship final, including two top seeds (Breeja Larson, pictured above, in the 200 breast and Cammile Adams in the 200 fly).
Georgia has all but sealed the team championship at this point, and padded their stats with 4 swims up (in the A-final) and 3 down (B-final). Stanford also had 4 swimmers up as the Cardinal hopes to hang onto second place.
Cal has 5 point-scoring swims tonight, plus one likely point-scoring diver as they try to hold off A&M for third place and perhaps run down Stanford for runner-up honors.
The full list of ups and downs is below, not including platform diving or the mile:
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As we have the past two days, we scored out prelims and compared them to the scores we got when scoring out the psych sheets a few weeks ago. The “+/-” column indicates if the team gained (+) or lost (-) points from their seeds based on preliminary swims.
The Aggies picked up a huge 26 points this morning, many of them in the 200 breast where they’ll score 3 swimmers tonight and hold two of the top three seeds. Georgia was at the other end of the spectrum, dropping a whopping 33 points from seeds. The biggest culprit for the Bulldogs was the 400 free relay, where they dropped from the top seed down to fourth. That’s not a huge fall place-wise, but the double relay points really add up. The upside is that a big finals swim could gain lots of those lost points back.
Stanford continues to exceed expectations, picking up 19 points, while Cal dropped about 6.5. Those two teams look primed to battle for the runner-up spot tonight unless A&M can make a big enough charge to put themselves in the conversation.
A&M were the biggest risers, but Tennessee also had a great morning, picking up 22 points from seeds. Behind Georgia, the next-biggest faller was UNC, which lost 18 points and also will lose a big scoring opportunity with NCAA record-holder Stephanie Peacock‘s scratch from the mile tonight.
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Finally, based on our prelims scoring, we’ve projected out the top 15 teams for tonight. These scores include the team’s current running total plus our prelims scores, but don’t include platform diving or the mile.
At the moment, Stanford looks safe in the 2-slot, but the 26.5-point margin over Cal is still close enough to change based on a big performance for either team in diving or the mile, or a high-point disqualification. Despite A&M’s great morning, they’re still left in fourth based on these predictions, but appear set to run away from USC big-time. Florida and Tennessee are still very close for 6th, and it looks like a great team battle is shaping up for the last few spots in the top 10, with Arizona fairly safely in at the moment and Texas, Minnesota and Virginia in line to battle it out for the last two spots.
Reminder: these scores do not include platform diving or the mile:
1. Georgia 468
2. Stanford 395
3. Cal 368.5
4. Texas A&M 328
5. USC 246
6. Florida 229
7. Tennessee 217
8. Arizona 151
9. Texas 129
10. Minnesota 111
11. Virginia 107
12. Indiana 90
13. Wisconsin 79
14. Auburn 62
15. Louisville 51.5