Arizona State Makes A Push

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2023 NCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims, swimmers qualify for one of two finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, and places 9th through 16th make the ‘B’ final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time of any heat in the final.

With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, and “Down” refers to swimmers in the B final.

TEAM STANDINGS – THRU DAY 2

  1. Cal – 184
  2. Texas – 165
  3. ASU – 154
  4. NC State – 151.5
  5. Florida – 145
  6. Indiana – 99
  7. Tennessee – 87
  8. Stanford — 74
  9. Auburn — 57
  10. Louisville — 55
  11. Virginia — 53
  12. Virginia Tech — 52
  13. Texas A&M — 44
  14. Georgia — 36
  15. Ohio State — 31.5
  16. Alabama – 26
  17. LSU – 22
  18. Wisconsin – 19
  19. Notre Dame – 17
  20. UNC – 15
  21. USC – 14
  22. Michigan – 12
  23. Arizona / Mizzou – 10
  24. Miami (FL) – 9
  25. Princeton – 4
  26. Georgia Tech – 3
  27. Pitt – 1

It was a mammoth morning for Arizona State, as the Sun Devils put seven swimmers into an ‘A’ final, punctuated by the swim-off win for Patrick Sammon that put the team three up in the 200 freestyle.

Julian Hill‘s win in the first circle-seeded heat was met with a raucous cheer from the ASU swimmers and coaches, and the team finished things off with impressive showings from Jack Dolan and Owen McDonald in the 100 back.

As expected, Leon Marchand cruised to the top seed in the 400 IM for the Sun Devils, while Grant House battled to win the last heat of the 200 free and put himself into the top eight as well.

Cal and Texas, currently 1-2 in the team race, weren’t far behind ASU, however, both putting six swimmers up into ‘A’ finals.

The Longhorns are lacking in sprint prowess, specifically the 100 fly and 100 back, but made up for it by going 3/0 in the 400 IM and 2/0 in the 200 free.

Florida and Indiana had strong sessions as well, and the Gators project to overtake NC State in the fight for fourth tonight.

Stanford is in position to narrow the gap to Tennessee in the race for seventh, while Auburn and Virginia Tech aim to tighten their grip on a spot in the top 10 with Louisville only putting one swimmer into a final.

DAY 3 UPS/DOWNS

Credit to Andrew Mering for running the numbers.

Prior to diving

All 400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free 100 Breast 100 Back
Arizona State 7/2 2/1 0/0 3/1 0/0 2/0 0/0
California 6/2 2/0 0/1 1/0 2/0 1/1 0/0
Texas 6/0 3/0 0/0 2/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
NC State 4/2 0/0 3/1 0/0 0/0 1/1 0/0
Indiana 3/3 0/0 1/1 0/1 1/1 1/0 0/0
Florida 3/4 0/1 1/0 0/1 1/2 1/0 0/0
Stanford 1/4 0/0 1/1 0/1 0/1 0/1 0/0
Tennessee 1/2 0/1 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Missouri 1/2 0/0 0/1 1/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Auburn 1/2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 1/1 0/0
Georgia 1/1 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Alabama 1/1 0/0 0/0 0/1 1/0 0/0 0/0
Virginia Tech 1/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
LSU 1/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Minnesota 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
Louisville 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0 0/0
Utah 1/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/0 0/0
Notre Dame 0/3 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0
Texas A&M 0/2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Michigan 0/2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
UNC 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Wisconsin 0/1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Penn State 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Ohio State 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0
Air Force 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0
Towson 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
Pittsburgh 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0
SIUC 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Purdue 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0

SCORED PRELIMS POINTS PER EVENT

400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free 100 Breast 100 Back 3 mtr Diving
Arizona State 41 0 42 0 26 0
California 30 5 17 29 23 0
Texas 41 0 33.5 15 0 0
Florida 7 20 3 25 15.5 0
Indiana 0 22 9 23 15.5 0
NC State 0 38 0 0 22 0
Stanford 0 20 6 8 0.5 0
Georgia 12 0 0 0 9 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 20 0 0
Missouri 0 3 13.5 2 0 0
Tennessee 3 13 0 0 2 0
Auburn 0 0 0 1 17 0
Virginia Tech 0 17 0 0 0 0
Alabama 0 0 5 12 0 0
LSU 0 0 15 0 0 0
Texas A&M 9 2 0 0 0 0
Michigan 5 6 0 0 0 0
Louisville 0 0 0 11 0 0
Utah 0 0 0 0 11 0
Penn State 0 9 0 0 0 0
Notre Dame 1 0 7 0 0.5 0
SIUC 0 0 0 0 6.5 0
Purdue 0 0 0 0 6.5 0
Towson 0 0 0 5 0 0
UNC 4 0 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 4 0 0
Wisconsin 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ohio State 0 0 2 0 0 0
Air Force 0 0 1 0 0 0

SCORED PRELIMS

  1. Arizona State, 110
  2. Cal, 104
  3. Texas, 89.5
  4. Florida, 70.5
  5. Indiana, 69.5
  6. NC State, 60
  7. Stanford, 34
  8. Georgia, 21
  9. Minnesota, 20
  10. Mizzou, 18.5
  11. Tennessee / Auburn, 18
  12. Virginia Tech / Alabama, 17
  13. LSU, 15
  14. Texas A&M / Michigan / Louisville / Utah, 11
  15. Penn State / Notre Dame, 9
  16. SIU / Purdue, 6.5
  17. Towson, 5
  18. UNC / Pitt, 4
  19. Wisconsin / Ohio State, 2
  20. Air Force, 1

All told, we could be entering tonight’s 400 medley relay with the top three teams within 35 or so points of one another.

SCORED PRELIMS + ACTUAL

  1. Cal, 288
  2. Arizona State, 263
  3. Texas, 254.5
  4. Florida, 215.5
  5. NC State, 211.5
  6. Indiana, 169.5
  7. Stanford, 108
  8. Tennessee, 105
  9. Auburn, 75
  10. Virginia Tech, 69
  11. Louisville, 66
  12. Georgia, 57
  13. Texas A&M, 55
  14. Virginia, 53
  15. Alabama, 43
  16. LSU, 37
  17. Ohio State, 33.5
  18. Mizzou, 28.5
  19. Notre Dame, 25
  20. Michigan, 23
  21. Wisconsin, 21
  22. Minnesota, 20
  23. UNC, 19
  24. USC, 14
  25. Utah, 11
  26. Arizona, 10
  27. Miami (FL), 9
  28. Penn State, 9
  29. SIU / Purdue, 6.5
  30. Pitt / Towson, 5
  31. Princeton, 4
  32. Georgia Tech, 3
  33. Air Force, 1

As has become a trend at this meet, Texas was the top performer relative to seed based on prelims points, projected to go +43.5, while Cal (+29.5) and Indiana (+25.5) also had big showings.

Jake Newmark led Wisconsin to a big plus relative to psych sheet points yesterday in the 500 free, but him missing the 200 free final hurts the Badgers as they finish a projected -21 on the session.

PRELIMS SCORES RELATIVE TO SEED

Team
Texas +43.5
California +29.5
Indiana +25.5
LSU +15
Stanford +13.5
Penn State +9
Notre Dame +7
Purdue +6.5
Georgia +4
UNC +4
Arizona State +3.5
Minnesota +3
Alabama +1
Utah 0
Missouri -2
Tennessee -2
Louisville -5
SIUC -6
Pittsburgh -6
Virginia Tech -6.5
Towson -7
NC State -7.5
Ohio State -9.5
Auburn -11
Michigan -12
Texas A&M -14
Air Force -14
Florida -17.5
Wisconsin -21

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