PHOENIX, Arizona, March 22. THE men's NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships starts in less than a week in Indianapolis, and we wanted to know which team you thought could take the team title in what we are certain will be a close battle. With 40.72 percent of the votes, the California Golden Bears were picked to win their third title in a row, while Michigan was close behind in voting with 33.22 percent. Rounding out the voting was Stanford in third, Texas in fourth and Arizona in fifth. More than 6 percent of the votes went to “other,” meaning swimming fans out there believe a team other than one of these five is going to take it all next week. We'll see when racing starts Thursday in Indy.
An annual hot topic of discussion is whether to combine the men's and women's Division I NCAA championships into one meet, as is done at Division II and III. The NCAA has received pressure from both sides of the issue, and with many college teams merging their squads, the conversation continues to grow, though it appears the meets will continue to be separate for the time being.
Do you think the Division I swimming and diving championships should be a combined men's and women's meet, or should they stay separate? Go to swimmingworld.com and place your vote in our Poll of the Week on the right side of our home page. We'll bring you the results next week.