The Eastern semifinals will be much harder to qualify from
I would agree that the top 6-ish of the Western fleet is stronger, but I think it will be an easier fleet to break top 9. The Eastern fleet looks like it has a better 7-11 group than the teams that will likely end up in that range from the West.
Let's go with hardest to finish top 9. I'm going to say Western (why do we still use the geographic names if they're evenly seeded from around the country and happen at the same venue?). NEISA powerhouses BC and RWU will be there as well as Yale and URI, Saint Mary's and Hobart have been very strong all year in MAISA, and some of the smaller conference teams like USF, Miami, host team USC, and BDC top three finisher Wisconsin (who blew away the field at MCSA champs) all figure to be factors. I think there will definitely be some excellent teams who will come away without a berth from this one.
The harder semi finals to win? Or the harder semi finals to finish top 9? Either way, it's a tough call, they will both be challenging events at the top, all we can hope for is as many races as possible to even out the differences.
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