How do the graduating seniors and early juniors count in terms of our signing class?
They make fitting this class within the 85 easier. There will probably be additional attrition.
Can we take more than 25 this year?
Yes, but how many depends on how you interpret the new signing rules. Someone else may know definitively, so I will just tell you why it's an issue.
You can backcount an EE as long as they fit within the current year's 85 and you have room under the 25 signing limit. Assuming they would fit under the 85, the issue is how you interpret how many were signed.
We signed 23 last year, so if that is the basis, we can only backcount 2. However, 2 failed to qualify and only 21 enrolled. If you are able to use the enrolled number as the basis, then you could backcount 4. The last that I heard, but it wasn't definitive, was that the signed number was controlling. Complicating the issue is that the two who failed to qualify (Johnson and Fanaika) should be two EEs that could be backcounted. Can they use ships that they signed for last year and therefore leave two more spots available for backcounting (4 total), or does their signings count as new and they become the only two that can be backcounted.
Last I saw the limit was 2 for a total of 27, but that interpretation could have easily been changed and I didn't see it.
This post was edited on 1/4 at 6:43 pm