2021-2022 NCAA Men’s Power Ranking: December Edition
As in previous years, SwimSwam’s power rankings fall somewhere between CSCAA-style doubles competition rankings and pure prediction of NCAA finish order. SwimSwam’s rankings take into account a team’s current appearance, while keeping season end in mind through things like a team’s previous trajectory and NCAA scoring potential. These rankings are inherently subjective and provide a starting point for discussion. If you don’t agree with a team’s ranking, feel free to make your point in our comments section.
Michael Hamann contributed to this report.
The midseason invitations have given us a lot of clarity on the NCAA landscape as we move into the new year, with conference championships less than two months away.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are the biggest players by far, after a phenomenal performance at the NC State Invite which was led by a freshman Leon Marchand. Check out our December power rankings below.
SwimSwam’s power rankings are the average of the votes of a panel of our top varsity swimming journalists. While this should help readers determine which teams are consensus picks at their rank and where, in order, things get blurry and more subjective, keep in mind that these rankings are not the occasion for personally attack a particular writer.
Honorable mentions: Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers, North Carolina Tar Heels
# 25: wild northwest cats + (Previous row: unranked)
Federico burdisso hasn’t quite got a handle on the transition to SCY yet, but if he can by March, they’ll be a team that could make some noise with him and brewer Kevin Houseman.
# 24: Pennsylvania Quakers + (Previous row: unranked)
Freshman Matt Fallon has the nation’s best times in the 200 breaststroke, 9th in the 100 breaststroke and 17th in the 200 IM, which is worth 29 âpsychic leaf pointsâ at this point in the midseason. That point total has been in the NCAA’s top 25 every year since 2015.
# 23: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -2 (Previous row: 21)
Batur Unlu, Mert Kilavuz and Christian Ferraro all bring scoring times to the table for the Ramblin ‘wreck.
# 22: Minnesota Golden Gopher +1 (Previous row: 23)
This team is all about the senior breaststroke Max McHugh. Can others take a step forward to score a medley relay with its brilliant breaststroke splits?
# 21: LSU Tigers +3 (Previous row: 24)
Do Brooks Curry Do you have enough speed to carry a Tiger relay or two to the NCAA score? He will certainly be a challenger for the title individually.
# 20: USC Trojans +2 (Previous row: 22)
# 19: Florida State Seminoles – (Previous row: 19)
# 18: Texas A&M Aggies -2 (Previous row: 16)
The Aggies still have a strong dive program, which will help complete some of their planned swim spots.
# 17: Virginia Tech H2okies -6 (Previous row: 11)
If the NCAA tag team title revolved around butterfly points, the Hokies would be in great shape. Sadly, VT’s depth in the other shots didn’t catch up with his solid group of butterflies.
# 16: Harvard Crimson +1 (Previous row: 17)
Dean Farris is the headliner, but Umitcan Gures holds the No. 3 in flight time and 100th in the country and they are ranking well to set up some big relay points.
# 15: Tennessee Volunteers +3 (Previous row: 18)
Led by a strong senior class made up of Epitropov, Houlie and Mota, the Vols have the experience to manage Mars. Can they develop enough sprint freestylers to make noise in the relays?
# 14: Missouri Tigers -1 (Previous row: 13)
Danny kovac may be one of the most underrated swimmers in the NCAA and the Tigers have a high number of underhanded potential scorers. Don’t be shocked if this team is fighting for a place in the Top 10.
# 13: Stanford Cardinal -1 (Previous row: 12)
Andrei Minakov could be a one-man demolition team for the card in March and should be able to raise their stints to the final “A” scoring range.
# 12: crimson tide in Alabama +2 (Previous row: 14)
# 11: Ohio State Buckeyes -3 (Previous row: 8)
# 10: Virginia Cavaliers -1 (Previous row: 9)
Virginia might be saving up a big cone for the ACC (rather than a mid-season invite), and by then Matt King and Jack Aikins should be within range of big individual points.
# 9: Michigan Wolverines +1 (Previous row: 10)
# 8: Indiana Hoosiers -3 (Previous row: 5)
# 7: Georgia Bulldogs – (Previous row: 7)
Biggest question mark about the Dawgs? The Omicron variant. WJR holder Matt Sates is potentially stranded in South Africa due to global travel restrictions on the country. If he gets to Athens in time to swim at the NCAA UGA, he will fight for a trophy.
# 6: Louisville Cardinals -2 (Previous row: 4)
There were a lot of key swimmers missing at the Purdue Invite, so it’s hard to put much emphasis on the team’s performance there. The potential to add brewer Denis Petrashov next month might be important to them, but like Sates, who knows if it will work this season.
# 5: Arizona State Sun Devils +10 (Previous row: 15)
LÃ©on Marchand was a revelation and could possibly win three individual titles. Add some relay depth, more Grant House, David Schlicht and Jack Dolan, it’s a team that will fight for a top five.
# 4: North Carolina State Wolfpack +2 (Previous row: 6)
The relays remain among the best in the country across the board, and I don’t think they showed all their cards at their home invite. Kacper Stokowski flies.
# 3: Florida Gators – (Previous row: 3)
The Gators retain their place among the top three teams due to the strong senior class led by Kieran smith and Bobby finke.
# 2: Cal Golden Bears – (Previous row: 2)
The Cal Relays miss Ryan Hoffer, but they have enough talent to fight for wins in the NCAA. The Bears are strong everywhere and rookie Gabriel Jett has shown massive improvements in Minnesota.
# 1: Texas Longhorns – (Previous row: 1)
Texas holds the top spot after an impressive performance in Minnesota. Everyone from freshman Luke Hobson to Cameron Auchinachie was extinct. However, Jordan Windle, potentially out of the NCAA, would drop his dive points by a ton.