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Bracket sizes for Division I winter championships unchanged

Team participation is high enough in all 13 sports to avoid reductions in championship selections

After reviewing participation numbers for teams competing in winter sports, the NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee affirmed today that winter championships will be played without any reductions to bracket or field sizes.

The Competition Oversight Committee, which oversees all winter championships except men’s and women’s basketball, noted the remaining 13 winter sports all exceeded the 50% threshold of schools and conferences participating in each sport. In a previous meeting, the committee had established that any sport that dropped below 50% participation would have its bracket sized reduced to 75%.

“We were all pleased to see continued substantial levels of participation in each sport,” said Lynda Tealer, chair of the Competition Oversight Committee and executive associate athletics director for administration at Florida. “After going through the disappointing process last year of having to cancel the winter championships, we are looking forward to full brackets and field sizes for the national championships this year. Our student-athletes deserve this opportunity.”

The winter championships overseen by the committee are women’s bowling, men’s and women’s fencing, men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics, men’s ice hockey, women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s rifle, men’s and women’s skiing, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s indoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, and wrestling.

Previously, the committee determined that all of the fall championships, which were moved to the spring, will be played at 75% of the original field/bracket size. A final decision for bracket/field sizes for spring championships will be made in March using the same participation criteria applied to winter championships.