Editor’s Note: SwimSwam does not participate in the voting for the CSCAA Poll. Our first Power Rankings of the 2014-2015 season will be released next week.
The Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has unveiled their first men’s rankings of the 2014-2015 season. The Michigan Wolverines, who won the huge quad meet with Texas, Indiana, and Louisville despite DQ’ing their A 400 medley relay, are ranked 1st in the initial poll. They started the year in the same spot last season before finishing 4th at NCAA’s at year’s end. Meanwhile, the Texas Longhorns start this season in the same spot they finished last season: no. 2.
The defending champions from Cal are ranked 6th, but there won’t be much panic in Berkeley as the Golden Bears have yet to race a serious opponent. Their first big challenge will be against Stanford on November 5th, and that will follow with a dual against Wisconsin two days later. For reference, Cal started last season ranked number 3.
About: The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division I Team Rankings are compiled by nine CSCAA-member coaches and one media member. The rankings will be released on a weekly basis throughout the 2014-15 season, alternating weeks between a men’s and women’s team ranking.
Methodology: The CSCAA DI Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. Ranking are based on performances that have taken place since the previous poll and include invites as well as dual meets. The committee does not consider teams that have yet to post official times in the current college season for the first poll.
CSCAA NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Ranking as of October 30, 2014
3. NC State
7. North Carolina
10. Ohio State
11. Southern California
12. Virginia Tech
15. Georgia Tech
18. Penn State
T24. Florida State
Also receiving votes: South Carolina, Missouri, Virginia, Air Force, Wyoming, Utah, Texas A&M