The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released its Division III Preseason Swimming & Diving Poll today. The committee, comprised of Division III coaches and select media outlets, ranks the top 25 teams in the nation based on dual meet strength. Denison men and Kenyon women are the favorites heading into the 2021-22 season. The polls were not conducted during the 2020-21 season due to COVID.
On the men’s side, Denison tallied 13 of the possible 15 first-place votes. Kenyon sits in second with 352 points, just ahead of third place Johns Hopkins with 350 points. Johns Hopkins earned the remaining two first place votes. Emory (326) and Chicago (309) round out the top five on the men’s side. In all, twenty-eight men’s teams received votes.
The Kenyon women earned nine of the top votes to land them at the top of the polls, with 369 total points. The remaining first place votes went to second-ranked Emory (360). Denison ranked third with 351 points. NYU is fourth, earning 323 points. Chicago takes the fifth spot with 307 points. Thirty women’s teams received votes.
You can find a complete list of the rankings at: www.cscaa.org/top25
The rankings are voted on by CSCAA-member coaches and select media. The men’s committee chair is Sean Tedesco (USMMA). Regional chairs include: Brad Bowser (Rowan, Northeast South), Paul Bennett (WPI, Northeast North), Brent Summers (Willamette, Midwest South) and Keith Crawford (Rose Hulman, Central).
The women’s committee chair is Jake Taber (Hope). Regional chairs include: Ben Delia (Franklin & Marshall, Northeast South), Brad Burnham (Bodwin, Northeast North), Joh Duncan (Southwestern, Midwest South) and Justin Zook (St. Kates, Central).
The remaining polls are scheduled for release on November 11, December 9, January 19, and February 9 and March 4. These dates are subject to change.
Division III Men
|21||Franklin & Marshall||72|
Also Receiving Votes
Case Western Reserve (4), Roanoke (2), Washington & Lee (1)
Division III Women
|20||Washington & Lee||94|
Also Receiving Votes
Washington & Jefferson (8), Coast Guard (5), Wheaton (MA) (1), Rhodes (1), Franklin (1)
Men’s Regional Rankings:
Central: 1. Denison 2. Kenyon 3. Chicago 4. Calvin 5. Hope 6. John Carroll 7. Gustavus Adolphus 8. Case Western 9. Carthage 10. Albion
Northeast-North: 1. MIT 2. New York University 3. Williams 4. Tufts 5. Amherst 6. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
7. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 8. Colby 9. Bates 10. Bowdoin
Northeast-South: 1. Carnegie Mellon 2. TCNJ 3. Rowan 4. Franklin & Marshall 5. Swarthmore 6. Gettysburg 7. SUNY-Geneseo 8. RIT 9. Ithaca 10. Stevens
West Midwest: 1. Johns Hopkins 2. Emory 3. Washington University 4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 6. California Lutheran 7. Roanoke 8. Washington & Lee 9. Birmingham Southern 10. Mary Washington
Women’s Regional Rankings:
Central: 1. Kenyon 2. Denison 3. Chicago 4. Saint Catherine 5. Hope 6. Gustavus Adolphus 7. Saint Olaf 8. Calvin 9. Franklin 10. Albion
Northeast-North: 1. New York University 2. Williams 3. MIT 4. Tufts 5. Amherst 6. Bates 7. Bowdoin 8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 9. Wheaton College 10. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Northeast-South: 1. Carnegie Mellon 2. Rowan 3. Swarthmore 4. Gettysburg 5. TCNJ 6. Franklin & Marshall 7. SUNY-Geneseo 8. Ithaca 9. Rochester 10. Dickinson
West Midwest: 1. Emory 2. Johns Hopkins 3. Washington University 4. Pomona-Pitzer Colleges 5. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6. Washington & Lee 7. Rhodes 8. Mary Washington 9. Trinity University (TX) 10. Birmingham Southern
Men’s Poll Committee
Justin Anderson, Mary Washington; Erica Belcher, NYU; Paul Bennett, WPI; Brad Bowser, Rowan; Peter Casares, Bates; Jennifer Cournoyer, Norwich; Keith Crawford, Rose Hulman; Paul Dotterweich, SUNY Geneseo; David Dow, TCNJ; Rob Harrington, Wooster; Gwynn Harrison, Bridgewater; Sarah James, Southwestern; Michael Kroll, Buffalo State; Pat Smith, Westminster; Brent Summers, Willamette; Sean Tedesco, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Jason Weber, Chicago; Seth Weidmann, Carthage; Braden Keith, SwimSwam; David Rieder, Swimming World.
Men’s Poll Committee
Greg Brown, Gettysburg; Brad Burnham, Bowdoin; Jay Daniels, Kalamazoo; Ben Delia, Franklin & Marshall; Jon Duncan, Southwestern; Paul Flinchbauch, Berry; John Geissinger, Hamilton; Katie McArdle, Dickinson; Chris Mhyre, Puget Sound; Shannon O’Brien, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Anne Ryder, Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Meg Sisson French, MIT; Jake Taber, Hope; Mike Tubb, Susquehanna; Jason Weber, Chicago; Toby Wilcox, Birmingham Southern; Justin Zook, St. Kate’s; Braden Keith, SwimSwam; David Rieder, Swimming World.