Comparing Division III Mid-Season Rankings with 2018 NCAA Invited Times

Photo Courtesy: Hayley Good

Mid-Season invitationals are over, and most teams have swum a meet with some level of rest and a tech suit. The current national rankings start to give some insight into what it might take to qualify for Division III NCAAs this year.

Times will drop again in February, and the depth of quick swims should become more significant in most events. In the rankings right now, the notable absence is the NESCAC conference. Swimming on a shorter season, few of these teams put much rest into a mid-season meet that falls only a few weeks into their season.

Historically, many of the top teams have rested enough in December that their top swimmers will compete in their conference meet on limited rest, having already secured a likely NCAA qualification time. Consequently, many times near the top likely won’t get much faster.

Here’s a look at the 2018 NCAA Invited time, compared to the current equally ranked time in Division III (according to USA Swimming’s official database). For the women, last year 20 relays were invited to NCAAs and 22 women were taken in most individual events (a few only had 21), so the chart shows the current 20th (relays) and 22nd (individual events) ranked time in the country. For the men, 16 individuals and relays were taken in most events, with only 15 in a few. The chart shows the 16th fastest time in Division III right now.

Women’s Times

 2018 Invited TimeMid-Season
50 Free23.6623.74
100 Free51.5951.93
200 Free1:52.201:53.18
500 Free4:59.145:03.27
1650 Free17:18.1817:29.80
100 Back56.4957.17
200 Back2:03.092:04.75
100 Breast1:04.421:05.06
200 Breast2:21.682:22.33
100 Fly56.4257.15
200 Fly2:05.112:06.64
200 IM2:06.272:07.43
400 IM4:29.374:32.43
200 Free Relay1:35.151:37.03
400 Free Relay3:29.413:33.15
800 Free Relay7:36.977:49.82
200 Medley Relay1:44.951:47.72
400 Medley Relay3:51.383:56.20

Men’s Times

 2018 Invited TimeMid-Season
50 Free20.4320.54
100 Free44.8845.01
200 Free1:39.291:40.03
500 Free4:30.814:32.40
1650 Free15:51.8915:54.51
100 Back49.4949.68
200 Back1:49.041:49.18
100 Breast55.6256.20
200 Breast2:02.552:02.58
100 Fly48.9249.10
200 Fly1:49.301:50.15
200 IM1:50.661:51.12
400 IM3:58.803:58.28
200 Free Relay1:22.181:23.48
400 Free Relay3:02.643:04.93
800 Free Relay6:44.326:57.14
200 Medley Relay1:30.711:31.73
400 Medley Relay3:20.283:24.73

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