Division III NCAA Preview: Which Conferences Send the Most Athletes to Nationals?

The 526 swimmers and divers qualified for next week’s 2019 NCAA Division III Championships represent 28 conferences.

The women’s qualifiers come from 27 conferences while the men represent only 23 organizations.

The UAA leads the way for both the men and the women with Emory, Chicago, NYU, and WashU all qualifying multiple relays and solid sized squads. For the women, the NESCAC follows, with seven of their 11 teams represented. On the men’s side, Denison and Kenyon’s large squads push the NCAC up to second, with the NESCAC just behind.

While there is no designated “Power Five” like in Division I, these numbers reveal a little bit about the depth of Division III’s conferences. The UAA, NESCAC, and NCAC are clearly the top three in both genders, while the SCIAC and NEWMAC are rounding out the top five for the women, yet for the men after the NEWMAC (carried by MIT), the numbers even out. The quality of conferences vary by sport, and the success of some conferences in swimming and diving on the national level can vary significantly by year.

Men’s Invited Swimmers by Team

Women’s Invited Swimmers by Team

Women’s Conference Breakdown

ConferenceSwimmersDiversTotal
UAA59463
NESCAC56258
NCAC31334
SCIAC23124
NEWMAC15520
MIAC14014
MIAA12214
Independent12012
SUNYAC7411
Liberty8210
CCIW909
ODAC707
SAA707
Centennial606
Northwest516
Heartland505
Metropolitan505
WIAC303
Presidents112
Empire 8112
Ohio Athletic 101
Landmark101
NEISDA101
Capital101
Midwest011
Liberal Arts011
SCAC011

Men’s Conference Breakdown

ConferenceSwimmersDiversTotal
UAA46349
NCAC 37037
NESCAC32335
NEWMAC25429
SCIAC14115
MIAA13215
Independent13013
Metropolitan12012
Centennial10010
WIAC527
CCIW606
MIAC516
Ohio Athletic404
Northwest303
Capital202
SCAC123
Empire 8212
Liberty League112
President's112
SUNYAC022
ODAC101
SAA101
MACC101

5 comments

    • avatar
      Cathleen Pruden

      Whoops, fixed! Thanks!

  1. avatar
    Anonymous

    You don’t have any from SAA
    women-6 swimmers
    men-1 swimmer

    • avatar
      Cathleen Pruden

      Thanks for pointing that out. I appear to have added a “C” to it, in my urge to call everything a “Conference”. Fixing now!

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