NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Power Rankings


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Led by arguably the deepest butterfly group ever, the Texas Longhorns are the favorite heading into the NCAA Championships this weekend. Below are the Daily Iowan’s NCAA men’s swimming power rankings. 

1) Texas: Jack Conger is an American Record holder, and the Longhorns also have the nation’s toughest butterfly group and three strong divers . Don’t bet against the Longhorns. 

2) Florida: The Gators have had a strong year already, with an SEC championship under their belts. Superstar Caeleb Dressel will help out in a big way. 

3) California: The Bears only finished third at the Pac 12 Championships, but have a good chance of moving up, with Ryan Murphy is arguably the nation’s best backstroker

4) Southern Cal: If the meet went exactly as seeded, the Trojans would win it. Christian Quintero and Ralf Tribunstov will lead the Trojans in the championships.

5) Michigan: Michigan owns the top seed in both the 800 freestyle and 200 medley relays. If Bruno Ortiz swims like he did at the Big Ten Championships, watch out.

6) NC State: Relays are almost entirely based on sprinters, and the Wolfpack have arguably the best sprint group in the country. 

7) Georgia: The Bulldogs will have ample opportunity to move up in the team rankings if swimmers like Nicolas Fink and Chase Kalisz throw down.

8) Stanford: David Nolan set an American record in the 200 individual medley at Pac 12’s. Stanford, like Texas, also has strong divers.

9) Auburn: Auburn has a strong sprint group, and as mentioned above, relays are about sprinters. Auburn is a perennial power in relays, too.

10) Alabama: Kristian Gkolomeev could throw down a jaw-dropping swim in the 50 freestyle, and Connor Oslin could make waves in the backstroke.