MEET THE CLASS OF 2018
Two days after the Princeton women's swimming & diving team was ranked fifth nationally by SwimSwam.com, the men's team followed suit with a strong ranking of its own. The Tigers came in sixth in the men's rankings, which were announced Thursday during its countdown of the top classes.
Princeton was ranked sixth by SwimSwam.com, one spot ahead of Georgia, which placed fifth at the 2014 NCAA Championships, and one spot behind Stanford, which was also a Top 10 team at the NCAA Championships.
This was from the write-up on Princeton from the SwimSwam release (you can read the whole thing by clicking the link in the second paragraph):
With deference to the early days of NCAA swimming, where Princeton was a powerhouse, the 2014 Princeton men’s might be the best class of the Tigers’ modern era (with the biggest contender for that title being the 2012 class, who will be juniors next year). At the least, it’s one of the best classes in the country. Karas, Buerger, and Okubo are all 1:46 or better in the 200 IM. Princeton went 1-2-3 in the 200 IM at the Ivy League Championships last year, and all three of those guys were sophomores. Karas, Buerger, and Okubo are all faster than any non-Princeton swimmers went at Ivies. Princeton has 4 of the 5 top returning swimmers in the event from last year’s meet. Add in three more, and do some Ivy League math: Princeton could have 7 out of the 8 swimmers in the A-final next year, and all would be underclassmen.
That’s just an example of how good this class is. Alex Lewis is a 44.1 freestyler, Karas has been 45.2, and Schafer has been 51.0 in long course. Adding those guys into the free relays could help Princeton challenge Harvard, who have been dominant there for the last few years.
Okubo will bring three top three finishes at Ivies and should qualify for NCAA’s as a freshman; Lewis will have a shot at both Ivy League sprint titles, and Karas will be a 40-plus point Ivy League scorer as well (Ivies score to C Finals).
Their diving signees aren’t enough to contend with Michael Mosca of Harvard, but they do add some depth at the conference level.