The DIII women's seeding likely won't match the results.
May 10, 2017 by Michael Ball in Analysis with 0 comments
With the Division III field finalized and Nationals coming up in ten days, it’s time to start thinking about what the seeding and pools might look like for Nationals.
This is the second year that Regionals finish does not bind seeding at Nationals. Please note that we do our best to follow USA Ultimate’s guidelines for seeding: USAU’s post-Regionals rankings are very heavily involved, head-to-head wins matter at the margin, and historic success is considered. Things are a little different in Division III, though, with less connectivity and an inclination to avoid a lot of Regional rematches.
Let’s kick things off right away with the pools generated by my predicted seeding.
|POOL A||POOL B||POOL C||POOL D|
|Williams (1)||Bowdoin (2)||Carleton Eclipse (3)||Wesleyan (4)|
|Truman State (8)||Valparaiso (7)||Portland (6)||St. Olaf (5)|
|Georgia College (12)||Puget Sound (11)||Mount Holyoke (10)||Bates (9)|
|Haverford (13)||Catholic (14)||Lehigh (15)||Claremont (16)|
- It is important to remember that traditionally USAU has avoided putting teams from the same region in the same pool.
- Truman State and Bates flip for regional diversity.
- The big wild card is Puget Sound. They have a win over Portland at Regionals and an early season win over Carleton, but a jump from 11 to 6 would be pretty huge. Moving them to any spot between 11 and 6 would just be an arbitrary decision, and USAU will likely lean on their algorithm rather than make that arbitrary decision.