The January 25th edition of the CSCAA college swimming top-25 dual meet poll has been released, reflecting results from the first round of 2012 dual meets.
This week’s men’s poll showed a high level of consistency, as the 7 voters had nearly-identical rankings through the top 15.
Arizona furthered their distance from their competition thanks to wins already this semester against both #3 Stanford and #6 Cal. Texas comes in at #2 in the rankings, which sets up an epic 1 versus 2 matchup in Tucson this Saturday, January 28th, at 11.
Stanford comes in at #3, and Michigan checks in at #4, winners of the SMU Classic (ahead of the likes of #5 USC and #7 Florida). The top 6 in the poll remained unchanged from the last edition that came out on December 7th.
The first swap was Florida hopping SEC rivals Auburn for #7 after narrowly escaping a 153-147 decision in front of the home crowin in Gainesville. That moves Florida up from 13th in the last poll.
Ohio State dropped a spot to #9, as did Georgia at #10. Indiana fell out of the top 10.
Newcomers to this week’s poll include #18 Texas A&M, who beat #19 LSU in Baton Rouge last weekend. There are a lot of new teams in the poll this month, including Virginia Tech, NC State, and SMU. Meanwhile, UNLV, UCSB, Florida State, and Penn State all dropped out.
Iowa moved up a spot after they lost (by 101) to #1 Arizona, but knocked off Northwestern 178-120. Minnesota rocketed up the rankings after topping #25 Missouri 177-120 two weeks ago. Iowa beat Minnesota earlier in the season, but both teams still seem over-ranked.
Right now, there seems to be too much volatility in the bottom end of this poll. For example, since the last poll, UCSB topped UNLV 134-122 (those teams ranked #17 and #19 in the last poll), but somehow both still dropped out because their meet wasn’t as high-profile as others’.
5. Southern California
9. Ohio State
13. North Carolina
18. Texas A&M
19. Louisiana State
21. Virginia Tech
23. North Carolina State
After the Cal women at #1 (who easily earned that spot via a 50-point win over #9 Arizona a week ago), the women’s poll lined up very nicely, as 4 out of the next top 5 were in a chain.
#2 Florida beat #3 Auburn by 26; #3 Auburn beat #4 Texas by 34; and #4 Texas beat #5 Georgia by 10; Georgia had been #1 in the previous poll, but based on a literal tessalation, they got bumped down to #5.
Texas A&M moved up 5 spots to #6, presumably based on the long course exploits of Cammile Adams, Breeja Larson, Paige Miller, and others at the Austin Grand Prix.
USC, who had only a sizable win over #19 Wisconsin since the last meet, dropped from #3 to #7 (seemingly pushed out by the 2-3-4-5 matchups). Stanford also dropped from #6 to #8, despite beating #9 Arizona by 22 last weekend. The Cardinal have a big weekend coming up with duals against UCLA and USC Friday and Saturday.
Arizona and #10 Tennessee round out the top 10.
Indiana dropped out of the top 10 to #11 after matching a loss to #17 Michigan with a narrow win over unranked Purdue. The other big mover in the Big Ten was #15 Minnesota, who were up eight spots from December after upending Missouri by a huge 66 point margin.
New teams in the poll include #20 Penn State and #25 Florida State (who both received votes in the previous poll). They took the spots of Purdue and Arkansas, who both fell out.
6. Texas A&M
7. Southern California
14. Ohio State
16. North Carolina
20. Penn State
21. Arizona State
23. Louisiana State
25. Florida State