2021-2022 NCAA Men’s Power Rankings: November Edition

As in previous years, SwimSwam’s Power Rankings are somewhere between the CSCAA-style dual meet rankings and a pure prediction of NCAA finish order.  SwimSwam’s rankings take into account how a team looks at the moment, while keeping the end of the season in mind through things like a team’s previous trajectory and NCAA scoring potential.  These rankings are by nature subjective, and a jumping-off point for discussion.  If you disagree with any team’s ranking, feel free to make your case in our comments section.

Braden Keith, Spencer Penland, Andrew Mering and Robert Gibbs contributed to this report.

Previous Ranks:

Several meaningful dual meets have gone down since our last rankings in October, and now we get a gauge of where we believe the men’s teams stack up as we head into invite season.

Things, for the most part, have stayed relatively the same at the top, while schools have jockeyed for position in the 10-25 spots.

Ultimately, the rankings are geared towards NCAAs, which is much more like an invitational than a dual meet, so we’ll have a much better idea where teams stack up in a few weeks.

SwimSwam’s Power Rankings are the average of ballots from a panel of our top college swimming reporters. While this should help readers glean which teams are consensus picks at their rank and where in the order things get fuzzy and more subjective, bear in mind that these rankings are not an opportunity to personally attack any specific writer.

Honorable Mentions: Wisconsin Badgers, Northwestern Wildcats, Grand Canyon Antelopes, Arizona Wildcats

#25: North Carolina Tar Heels + (PREVIOUS RANK: UNRANKED)

With Anton Down-Jenkins on the boards, the Tar Heels will be putting up NCAA points. -JS

#24: LSU TIGERS -4 (PREVIOUS RANK: 21)

Brooks Curry really rounding into form. I’m expecting him to make some noise at Art Adamson. -JS

#23: MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS +2 (PREVIOUS RANK: 25)

We don’t want to read too much into the dual meet loss against Wisconsin, because comes NCAAs, the Gophers are going to be putting up some big points with the presence of Max McHugh alone.

#22: USC Trojans + (PREVIOUS RANK: UNRANKED)

Alexei Sancov will be a driving force yet again for this team come March, but the return of Victor Johansson could be fruitful. -JS

#21: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -1 (PREVIOUS RANK: 20)

Caio Pumputis and Batur Unlu have been swimming well for the Yellow Jackets. Big win over North Carolina on November 5. -JS

#20: Purdue Boilermakers +3 (PREVIOUS RANK: 23)

The team is still very much reliant on diving at the NCAA level, but has had some swimmers step up this season, such as Nicholas Sherman and Nikola Acin-JS

#19: Florida State Seminoles +3 (PREVIOUS RANK: 22)

The Seminoles are riding some momentum after beating Georgia Tech and Florida Southern in back-to-back weekends at the end of October. -JS

#18: Tennessee Volunteers +1 (PREVIOUS RANK: 19)

Comfortable win over Kentucky with top names seemingly rounding into form for invite season. -JS

#17: Harvard Crimson -2 (Previous Rank: 15)

The team’s ranking hinges on the performances of Dean Farris, and he’s yet to really tackle his best events. -JS

#16: Texas A&M Aggies +1 (PREVIOUS RANK: 17)

After a tough matchup against Texas the Aggies had a confidence-building victory over TCU earlier this month. Art Adamson Invite will be a good litmus test for the group. -JS

#15: Arizona State Sun Devils -2 (PREVIOUS RANK: 13)

We already knew Leon Marchand was the real deal, but he performed exceptionally against USC in a close battle with the Sun Devils. -JS

#14: Alabama Crimson Tide – (PREVIOUS RANK: 14)

Derek Maas and Matt Menke were really solid against LSU, and freshman Kaique Alves is finding his way in yards and should be quick at their mid-season invite. -JS

#13: Missouri Tigers +3 (PREVIOUS RANK: 16)

Jack Dahlgren has been on fire for Mizzou thus far, and the team should feast on relatively weak competition at their home invite this weekend and gain more confidence. -JS

#12: Stanford Cardinal -1 (PREVIOUS RANK: 11)

Andrei Minakov is just getting his feet wet in yards, but he’s already got some pretty strong early-season freestyle swims under his belt (19.7/43.3). I think he’ll really make his presence felt during invite season. -JS

#11: Virginia Tech H2okies -1 (PREVIOUS RANK: 10)

The Hokies haven’t done much yet, but I expect to see them round into form as the season continues. -RG

#10: Michigan Wolverines +2 (PREVIOUS RANK: 12)

Sure, they’ve suited up already, but the times have been tough to ignore — especially Will Chan having gone 52-low in the 100 breast twice already. -RG

#9: Virginia Cavaliers – (PREVIOUS RANK: 9)

If we factored dual meet scores into these rankings, Virginia would take a big hit after getting trounced by Texas. But, we do take note of dual meet times, and despite the lopsided score, the Cavaliers battled hard against the Longhorns, especially on the relays. -RG

#8: Ohio State Buckeyes – (PREVIOUS RANK: 8)

This is a strong Buckeye team that’s already been clicking individually and on relays. Alex Quach appears to be the real deal; his 100 fly time of 46.2 is just about what his SCM time should convert to, and it’s still early in the season. -RG

I just love the way Ohio State looks this season. One of the best diving squads in the country, and I can’t stress enough what a benefit good diving is once NCAAs roll around. The return of Ruslan Gaziev has been and will continue to be huge for the Buckeyes, both individually and on relays. -SP

#7: Georgia Bulldogs – (PREVIOUS RANK: 7)

The Dawgs got handled by Florida pretty decisively and then came back with a narrow victory over Auburn. Urlando and Magahey look strong, but the arrival of Matt Sates can’t come soon enough. -JS

#6: NC State Wolfpack – (PREVIOUS RANK: 6)

Unsurprisingly, the Wolfpack relays have already been off the chain (do the kids still say that?). They’ve already been 2:52 in the 400 free relay, and haven’t tapered or donned tech suits. -RG

#5: Indiana Hoosiers – (PREVIOUS RANK: 5)

The Hoosiers have put together some great early season times. Bruno Blaskovic hasn’t been quite as fast as we’re used to, but I see no reason to doubt that his speed will be there at the end of the season. Another thread to follow with this team: their freshmen divers have been winning at meets this fall. -SP

#4: Louisville Cardinals – (PREVIOUS RANK: 4)

The Cardinals typically don’t show their hand until championship season; still, Murilo Sartori looks to be exactly the kind of impact pickup he’s projected to be. -RG

#3: Florida Gators – (PREVIOUS RANK: 3)

I tend to weigh early-season results more than the other voters do. However, while the Gators haven’t done much of note yet this season, I’m pretty stinking confident that they’ll deliver when it counts. -RG

#2: Cal Golden Bears – (PREVIOUS RANK: 2)

The Bears have a stacked freshman class, but Gabriel Jett has stood out the most from that group so far this season, having already clocked a lifetime best in the 200 free. -RG

#1: Texas Longhorns – (PREVIOUS RANK: 1)

Daniel Krueger split sub-42 anchor a relay two weeks ago. In a brief. Carson Foster went 3:40 in the 400 IM two weeks ago. In a brief. ‘Nuff said. -RG

Doesn’t feel like we need much of an explanation here. Defending champs, with some truly great early season times to boot. -SP

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Mr. Pack
19 days ago

Disrespecting the PACK again?? You will see after this weekend! Straight to the top!

Bruh
Reply to  Mr. Pack
19 days ago

🧢🥱😂

Stewie
Reply to  Mr. Pack
19 days ago

… so thirsty

Pack fan
Reply to  Mr. Pack
19 days ago

Looks like we have a Wolf of Raleigh all over again… smh

Say's Phoebe
19 days ago

Yesterday Louisville announced the signing of Denis Petrashov from Kyrgyzstan, swimming this spring.

He’s 59.87/2:10.07 LCM breaststroke. Those are both FINA A cuts.

I think that Florida still has a big gap on everyone below them, but obviously Petrashov can score at NCAAs. He’s 58.56/2:05.39 SCM at World Cup events this fall.

the feet sniffer
19 days ago

smokin that texas pack

harambe
19 days ago

Texas swimming is the only thing keeping me away from Texas Football induced depression

Horninco
Reply to  harambe
19 days ago

same

Stewie
Reply to  harambe
19 days ago

Is Sark on the hot seat?

Timekeeper
Reply to  harambe
19 days ago

Bball team gonna be aight

Luther Memorial Church
19 days ago

Minnesota would have beat Wisconsin if they were actually the better team…

Admin
Reply to  Luther Memorial Church
19 days ago

This is not a dual meet poll. The CSCAA’s dual meet poll will be out this week as well.

Inside Smoke
Reply to  Braden Keith
18 days ago

Its not a power rankings without a Wisconsin fan complaining that MN is ahead only for Braden to remind them what the rankings actually represent

Apathetic
19 days ago

Psst, ASU didn’t win against USC

GoPack96
19 days ago

You can put Louisville as high as you want but their incoming classes are a bunch of bums

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  GoPack96
18 days ago

You’re probably right about that.

Two days ago Louisville announced that Guy Brooks has signed for next fall. He’s 22.01/48.53/1:45.73 free. Lousy short course yards times, right?

And yesterday UofL announced that Kledi Kadiu has also signed for 2022. He’s a 44.63/1:38.08 freestyler with a 55.96 100 BR. Those aren’t really ACC level times unless, well, you did them at Senior Sectionals in March 2019 when you were fifteen and then, literally, didn’t bank a time in SWIMS for all of 2019-20 and all of short course 2020-21. Right? There’s no chance whatsoever that he’ll have some decent swims this year now that he’s back with CSP Tideriders …

Thankfully you’re on top of what is going on in… Read more »

Oh ok
Reply to  Say's Phoebe
18 days ago

Guy Brooks times were in SCM, not lousy at all

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  Oh ok
17 days ago

You don’t say …

GowdyRaines
19 days ago

As a Minnesota fan, I have to say Max is literally the only thing keeping us afloat.

Having been to several meets, it feels really weird to see MN ranked at all but I guess a potential double event champ does wonders at NCAA’s even though the Gopher men many very well finish last in the Big Ten now that Iowa and Michigan State are gone. Weird how that can work.

@Kelly, WE NEED SPRINTERS.

Datboi79
Reply to  GowdyRaines
19 days ago

Minnesota put the clamps on Purdue about a month ago. Not to mention stuck with a well rounded wisconsin team until the end. Sprinters showing up as well. Throwing down some impressive times. Maybe it’s time for you to open your eyes.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  Datboi79
18 days ago

Aren’t they getting a sprinter for spring semester transferring from NCS?

GowdyRainesDad
Reply to  GowdyRaines
19 days ago

If you were truly a Minnesota fan then you would have seen that Minnesota put the clamps on Purdue about a month ago in a blowout win. On top of that they. stuck with a well rounded Wisconsin team until the last event. Not to mention the 19.6 and 20.0 showing from SPRINTER Lucas Farrar among other impressive swims and times throughout the meet.

@GowdyRaines, maybe you should open your eyes.

Mommabear
Reply to  GowdyRainesDad
19 days ago

Wisconsin was missing several key swimmers due to illness……………………

GowdyRaines
Reply to  Mommabear
18 days ago

I suspect the same person commented twice here? Either way, being an alum I would consider myself a UMN fan lol.

Additionally, if you want to call their sprinters times impressive, go look at the big ten top times. MN has one swimmer inside the top 30 in the 50 free, and none inside the top 30 in the hundred. Gonna need to do a lot better than that to score, not to mention have a shot at free relays.

That’s not a knock on those kids, they’re young. But the staff routinely fails to recruit top level in state talent, particularly in sprints.

skiski
Reply to  GowdyRaines
16 days ago

Wes Jekel > Max McHugh

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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