The Florida Gators have jumped to the top of the latest CSCAA NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving poll after a stellar performance at the Georgia Tech invite.
The latest poll, which heavily favors teams that have already swum their mid-season invites, saw the last poll’s #1 Cal slide all the way to 6th, despite not swimming a single meet since the last rankings were put out.
Two teams that benefited greatly from mid-season performances were:
- Missouri, who got great performances from breaststroker Sam Tierney and freestyler Michael Chadwick at their home invite, plus qualified their relays for NCAA’s early – a key to the Greg Rhodenbaugh/Frank Busch mid-season taper methodology; and
- Ohio State, despite not earning any NCAA automatic qualifiers, but showing quality depth and diving
Expect another big shakeup to this poll heading into winter training after Winter Nationals, the Texas Invite, the Georgia Invite, and the Hawkeye Invite lead another round of big meets in a week.
Below is the poll and press release, submitted by the CSCAA.
CSCAA NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Rankings Supported by TYR
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.
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.
CSCAA NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Ranking as of November 26, 2014
- Ohio State
- Virginia Tech
- NC State
- (Tie) Indiana
- (Tie) Tennessee
- North Carolina
- Southern California
- Georgia Tech
- South Carolina
- (Tie) Minnesota
- (Tie) Auburn
- Florida State
- Air Force
Also receiving votes: Denver, Harvard, LSU, Michigan State, Penn State, Utah