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Harvard Repeats as Men's MM Champ

Last year the Harvard University men captured CollegeSwimming's Mid-Major title by the slimmest of margins.  This year the Crimson won by the widest margin in event history while the Denver and Yale women combined for the first season-ending tie in history.

The title was Harvard's second-straight and fourth in five years.  They were led by Dean Farris, Brennan Novak, and Logan Houck.  Harvard University won the Mid-Major title following a Ivy League Championship and 27th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.  The University of Pennsylvania men finished second in both the final Mid-Major Ranking and Ivy League Championship.  Denver finished third ahead of Yale and Air Force.  UCSB, Missouri State, Columbia, Wyoming and UNLV rounded out the top ten.  

All news was not good however as two of the top fifty programs - North Dakota and Buffalo - have been slated for elimination along with Wright State.

Conference Rankings | Past Champions | Mid-Major Definition

Men's Final 2016-17 Mid-Major Rankings

Rank School Meet Points
1 Harvard Ivy League Championships 876.31
2 Penn Ivy League Championships 834.07
3 Denver Summit League Championships 833.17
4 Yale Ivy League Championships 827.31
5 Air Force WAC Championships 817.41
6 UC-Santa Barbara MPSF Championships 815.03
7 Missouri State MAC Championships 814.90
8 Columbia Ivy League Championships 811.86
9 Wyoming WAC Championships 808.28
10 UNLV WAC Championships 804.48
11 Cincinnati American Championships 801.52
12 East Carolina American Championships 799.17
13 Southern Methodist American Championships 797.00
14 Grand Canyon WAC Championships 796.90
15 William and Mary CAA Championships 791.14
16 Army Patriot League Championships 787.90
17 Navy Patriot League Championships 787.35
18 Hawaii MPSF Championships 787.31
19 Eastern Michigan MAC Championships 786.14
20 Cornell Ivy League Championships 785.28
21 Pacific MPSF Championships 784.52
22 Connecticut Big East Championships 779.93
23 George Washington Atlantic 10 Championships 777.52
24 Buffalo MAC Championships 777.41
25 Oakland Horizon League Championships 774.48
26 Southern Illinois MAC Championships 772.21
27 Brown Ivy League Championships 772.17
28 UMBC CCSA Championships 768.03
29 Seton Hall Big East Championships 765.97
30 La Salle Atlantic 10 Championships 764.97
31 Cal Poly MPSF Championships 764.28
32 Towson CAA Championships 764.17
33 Miami-OH MAC Championships 763.79
34 Incarnate Word CCSA Championships 760.31
35 Drexel CAA Championships 758.21
36 IUPUI Summit League Championships 757.07
37 Cleveland State Horizon League Championships 756.97
38 North Dakota WAC Championships 756.48
39 Brigham Young MPSF Championships 756.24
40 Rider MAAC Championships 753.14
41 Boston University Patriot League Championships 751.35
42 Bucknell Patriot League Championships 747.35
43 Gardner-Webb CCSA Championships 746.24
44 CSU-Bakersfield WAC Championships 745.62
45 Saint Louis Atlantic 10 Championships 744.97
46 Fordham Atlantic 10 Championships 743.00
47 Davidson Atlantic 10 Championships 739.28
48 Xavier Big East Championships 736.17
49 Dartmouth Ivy League Championships 735.48
50 Massachusetts Atlantic 10 Championships 735.45

Past Men's Champions

2015-16 - Harvard
2014-15 - Princeton
2013-14 - Harvard
2012-13 - Harvard
2010-12 - Princeton
2010-11 - Navy
2009-10 - Eastern Michigan
2008-09 - Navy
2007-08 - Navy
2006-07 - Princeton
2005-06 - Princeton
2004-05 - Missouri State
2003-04 - Eastern Michigan
2002-03 -

Men's Conference Rankings

1 Ivy League (1) 122
2 WAC (2) 177
3 American Athletic (4) 201
4 Mid-American (3) 224
4 MPSF (5) 224
6 Patriot League (7) 268
7 CAA (8) 296
8 Atlantic 10 (11) 299
9 CCSA (8) 317
10 Summit (12) 323
10 Horizon (10) 333
12 Big East (14) 342
13 MAAC (15) 394

Mid-Major Definition

Beginning in 2015, CollegeSwimming defined Mid-Majors as those programs outside of the Power 5 (Big Ten, Pac 12, Big 12, ACC, and SEC) or those that offered fewer than 50% of the maximum number of scholarships allowed by the NCAA. 

But what about other "Major" schools?

With the institution of the College Football Playoff in 2014, significant gaps emerged between the Power 5 and other FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs in the American, C-USA, Mid-American, and Mountain West.  This resulted in significant differences in swimming budgets with other FBS' swimming teams much closer to more traditional Mid-Majors (in both relative terms and actual dollars). 

Average Division I Swimming Budgets  Men Women
Power 5: ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC  $1,283,138  $1,435,581
FBS: American, C-USA, Mid-American, Mountain West $530,202 $798,656
FCS/Non-Football Conferences $331,305 $443,579

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