Based on one (pretty subjective and absolute measure).... the answer is the SEC (still).
According to who will end up being invited to NCAAs.... the break down by conference is as follows:
BXII (aka Texas): 15
So the ACC ranks 3rd out of the 5 major conferences or really 3rd of 4 (We cant really count the Big XII anymore as a major for swimming)
I thought the numbers here sounded wrong, as I though the ACC should contend for best overall conference... so I looked at the number of teams who had qualifying times for NCAAs... and it ended up like this...
SEC had 10 teams
ACC had 9 teams
B1G had 8 teams
PAC had 6 teams
BXII had 1 team
so that stat didnt work, it made it so that that the SEC had 6.4 per team
ACC had 3.538 per team
BXII had 3.75 per team (but all on Texas so this doesnt count)
B1G had 3.3 per team
PAC had 9 per team
So again that stat does not work in the favor of the ACC... in fact, it REALLY does not since the SEC (with all 10) and PAC (With all 6) had qualifiers for every single team from their conference meet...
Then I looked at number of individual swims at NCAAs (which can put lower value on the guy who has a stellar event but no 2nd or 3rd event, but puts a lot of emphasis on a guy who has 3 events all in the 15th to 20th range as being more valuable)... Still wanted to see the numbers and here they are:
PAC 146 total individual swims
SEC 183 total swims
BXII 42 total swims
ACC 119 total swims
B1G 88 total swims
So then I went to compare times... Winning time, 3rd place, 8th prelims, and 16th prelims.... This will take a while so I will post it later... probably tomorrow....