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 individual points from 2015 NCAA Championships, overall finish at 2015 NCAA Championships, incoming class talent and opinions of d3swimming.com.
No surprise here as Emory returns more points than any other team in the top 5 by a fair margin including their relay contributors. Add to this an excellent incoming crop of talent and you’ve got a team that should continue to dominate the field.
The Ephs will be looking to follow up their 3rd place finish with a strong incoming class. Their relays shouldn’t miss a beat returning most of their participants and studs like Emma Waddell, Megan Pierce, and Olivia Jackson start the season ranked at the top of their respective events.
The difference between Denison and Williams is slim but we have Big Red just behind the Ephs this year. Denison will come out swinging with another strong recruiting class but will need their studs to move up the ladder as they’re a little weaker in the off strokes.
Kenyon appears to be locked into fourth. Their relays were strong, but they lose a lot of contributors there. They have another solid incoming class but they appear to be losing ground to the programs at Williams and Denison. Kenyon remains far ahead of the next best programs though so it appears that the only place they can go is up.
5. Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins freshman class led the way for the Blue Jays and are the reason why we have them placed ahead of Amherst. Keep an eye on sophomores Courtney Cowan, Anna Wisniewski, and Kaitlyn Jones as they hope to follow up their successful freshman years.
Led by seniors Emily Hyde and Sarah Conklin, Amherst will look to add some depth to their roster adding some freestyle depth with their freshman class.
MIT returns all of their individual points in Veronika Jedryka and a pair of sprinters (Yang and Wu). A solid freshman class with room to grow punctuates a team whose success at the national level has been predicated on the strength of their relays.
The Violets lose 21 of their 32 individual points with the graduation of Emily Doerner but bring in a promising group of freshman and return all of their other relay contributors. Sophomore Isabelle Kitze is one to keep an eye on.
9. Washington U. (MO)
Krystalyn McAfee and Niamh S O’Grady lead a solid, relay-focused squad that returns most of their relay swimmers.
All of their relay swimmers return, something that can’t be said for the next closest competitor Gustavus. Versatile Sara Daher is one to keep an eye on.
12. St. Thomas
21. Trinity U.
23. Centre College