The 2015-16 season is fast approaching! We’re only a month or so out of the first dual meets, and so D3swimming.com presents its preseason top 25!
The d3swimming.com Preseason Top 25 is determined by a combination of returning indivdual points from 2015 NCAA Championships, overall finish at 2015 NCAA Championships, incoming class talent and opinions of d3swimming.com.
Yes, we did it. We put Denison over Kenyon to start the season. Why? The real question is why not? Big Red is returning five less individual points than Kenyon and they only graduate Damon Rosenburg from their relays. They also have a stellar incoming class.
The Lords will be returning the most points in individual events at NCAAs. They graduate a lot of their relay contributors, but big scorers like Juniors Arthur Conover and Ian Reardon are around for two more seasons. We have them behind Denison because we haven’t heard too much about their recruiting class, but you can guess it’s pretty solid.
The Eagles are pretty much a lock in the three spot. They return way more points than the field and a good amount less than the NCAC big dogs. The only thing that could really throw a wrench in this is Andrew Wilson, there have been some rumors floating around about what he will do next year.
Finishing 9th at NCAAs last year, the Violets have the ability to finish top 8 in each relay and score a lot of points. Sophomore Austin Palmer had an outstanding freshman campaign, keep an eye on him throughout the season.
5. Washington U. (MO)
On the backs of All –Americans Reed Dalton and Michael Lagieski they should be in the top 5 at the end of the season. The Bears don’t lose much on their relays either and they’re bringing in some guys that have NCAA potential.
6. Johns Hopkins
The Blue Jays are returning a ton of talent, with Juniors Evan Holder and Andrew Greenhalgh leading the way. Holder was one of three men under the national record in the 200 IM and Greenhalgh set the new national mark in the 500 Free. I would expect good things out of their freshman class, look out for some of them at NCAAs.
The Ephs graduate some big time contributors but their incoming class looks like they could step up and fill in those spots. Multiple incoming freshmen will flirt with the NCAA invite. National record holder in the 100 Back, Benjamin Lin, has potential to scrape up a lot more individual points in his other events.
Senior Matt Williams and Junior Alex Poltash will again be the core of the Stags relays. Their incoming freshman look like they’ll fill in open relay spots nicely, as well as potential to qualify individually.
The Engineers potentially can have five relays scoring at NCAAs, they’ll definitely move up from their 10th place finish last year if they do. Junior Backstroker Bo Mattix and Senior IM specialist Alex Lednev will contribute a lot too.
Key parts of the Lions national championship 400 and 800 Free relays return, but there will still be some big shoes to fill. Expect Junior Freestyler Ryan Gajdzisz to play a big role this season.
13. Keene St.
15. Conn College
18. Stevens Tech
21. St. Thomas
23. Birmingham Southern
24. Washington & Lee