The second round of CSCAA Polls are in, ranking the top-25 men’s and women’s teams in the NCAA. The first round of polls, released at the beginning of the month, were the pre-season rankings prior to any meaningful dual meets. Now a few weeks into the season, we have a better idea of how teams are shaping up as the season progresses. Rankings are compiled by CSCAA-member coaches.
On the men’s side, the pre-season rankings saw Cal atop the heap with 268 points, followed by three-time defending NCAA champs Texas with 244 and Stanford with 241. Now a few weeks into the season, it is the Indiana Hoosiers who have moved into the #1 slot, compiling 298 points.
This comes on the heels of their tri-meet with Florida and Texas, where they defeated both teams handily. The Gators were handed a 242-187 defeat, while the Longhorns suffered a similar fate by a score of 264-165.
Blake Pieroni has had a tremendous start to the year, sweeping the 100 and 200 free on both days of the meet, including defeating two-time NCAA champ Caeleb Dressel in the 100 on day 2. Along with all of their individual success, they were lights out on relays, going 4-for-4 against two of the most dangerous teams in the country.
After leading the pre-season rankings, the Cal men now sit 2nd with 285, and Florida has moved up from 4th to 3rd with 271. The Golden Bears haven’t had any real tests yet, handily defeating Pacific and Utah on the 13th and 14th of October. A few of them competed at the USA Swimming College Challenge meet this past weekend racing for the Pac-12, with nation leading times coming from Andrew Seliskar, Justin Lynch and Zheng Wen Quah.
Texas falls to 5th, just behind Stanford, and NC State is one point back of the Longhorns in 6th. Utah, Purdue, Georgia Tech and Virginia move into the top-25 after being left out of the pre-season ranks, while Arizona, Wisconsin, Harvard and Minnesota are bumped out.
On the women’s side it’s no surprise as Stanford retains their #1 position. They opened their season with a win against Utah, and had several top performances at the College Challenge, leading the Pac-12 to the win.
Katie Ledecky swept the 200/500/1000 freestyles, taking over the top time in the country in each, while Ella Eastin did the same in the 200/400 IM and 200 fly (tying with Cal’s Kathleen Baker in the 200 IM). They also received strong performances from the likes of Janet Hu, Katie Drabot and freshman Brooke Forde. Currently dealing with a minor injury, Simone Manuel should be back in action for them sooner rather than later.
The Texas women moved up a spot to #2 after defeating both Indiana and Florida over the weekend. Remedy Rule, Claire Adams and Olivia Anderson have all had strong starts for them. Michigan and USC both saw big jumps up to 3rd and 4th, with Cal falling from 2nd to 7th. The Wolverines had some strong performances at the SMU Classic, led by Siobhan Haughey, and Louise Hansson and freshman Maggie Aroesty have impressed early for USC.
Purdue, Virginia Tech and South Carolina move into the top-25 after missing in the pre-season, while Florida State, UCLA and Ohio State are knocked out.
Check out the full rankings here.