Michigan Women Become 4th Team At #1 in CSCAA Dual Meet Poll (Jan. 22)

Editor’s note: the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA)’s rankings track dual meet strength, specifically. That is, a higher-ranked team is expected to win in a head-to-head dual meet with a lower-ranked team, according to the voters. These rankings aren’t an NCAA finish prediction – for a ranking closer to that model, check out SwimSwam’s Power Rankings.

The Michigan women have taken over the #1 spot in the CSCAA dual meet poll, while Texas remains the men’s leaders. Michigan becomes the fourth women’s team in five polls to earn a #1 rank.

Stanford led the preseason women’s poll. Florida topped the October and November polls, but Cal led December and now Michigan has taken top billing in the January poll. Compare that to the men’s side, where Cal led Preseason and October before giving way to Texas in the last three polls.

Biggest risers:

  • Ohio State women (+11)
  • Northwestern women (+9)
  • Texas A&M women (+8)
  • Michigan women (+4)
  • Virginia Tech men (+4)
  • NC State women (+3)
  • Georgia men (+3)
  • Louisville men (+3)
  • Notre Dame women (unranked to #12)
  • LSU women (unranked to #17)

Biggest fallers:

  • USC women (-15)
  • Louisville women (-8)
  • Missouri women (-8)
  • Indiana women (-6)
  • Virginia women (-3)

DIVISION I WOMEN

Rank Prev Team Points
1 5 Michigan 292
2 1 California 289
3 6 NC State 267
4 2 Tennessee 265
5 4 Stanford 252
6 3 Virginia 243
7 18 Ohio State 224
8 7 Florida 220
9 8 Georgia 207
10 10 Texas 190
11 19 Texas A&M 175
12 NR Notre Dame 159
13 13 Kentucky 139
14 14 Auburn 136
15 16 North Carolina 131
16 25 Northwestern 118
17 NR Louisiana State 101
18 17 Alabama 95
19 11 Louisville 84
20 12 Missouri 79
21 15 Indiana 56
22 NR Princeton 52
23 24 Minnesota 46
24 9 Southern California 44
25 NR Florida State 22

Also receiving votes: Iowa (6), Wisconsin (3), Houston (2), Arkansas (2), Duke (1)

Women’s Poll Committee

Dan Colella, Duke; Niko Fantakis, Brown; Chris Hansen, CSU Bakersfield; Naya Higashijima, Southern Methodist; Nathan Lavery, Texas Christian; Matthew Leach, Washington State; Sergio Lopez, Virginia Tech; Christine Mabile, Boise State; Jonathan Maccoll, Rutgers; Jesse Moore, Minnesota; Jeff Poppell, Florida; Jos Smith, Utah; Braden Keith, SwimSwam; John Lohn, Swimming World.

Division I Men

Rank Prev Team Points
1 1 Texas 300
2 2 California 288
3 3 Michigan 276
4 5 Indiana 257
5 4 Texas A&M 245
6 7 Missouri 231
7 6 NC State 230
8 11 Georgia 222
9 9 Florida 194
10 13 Louisville 188
10 8 Arizona 188
12 10 Tennessee 166
13 12 Arizona State 152
14 16 Ohio State 137
15 14 Florida State 129
16 17 Notre Dame 99
17 15 Virginia 90
18 18 Iowa 87
19 19 Stanford 84
20 24 Virginia Tech 81
21 NR Northwestern 70
22 NR Louisiana State 52
23 NR Denver 29
24 NR Georgia Tech 23
25 NR Kentucky 19

Also receiving votes: Auburn (18), Utah (16), Southern California (11), Alabama (9), Harvard (4), North Carolina (3), Duke (2)

Men’s Poll Committee

Steve Barnes, Penn State;  Molly Belk, Purdue; Chase Bloch, Southern California; Jason Calanog, Texas A&M; Chad Cradock UMBC; Daniel Dozier, West Virginia; John Hargis, Pittsburgh; Jamie Holder, Dartmouth;  Lars Jorgensen, Kentucky; Craig Nisgor, Seattle; Bill Roberts Navy; Rachel Stratton Mills, Arizona State; Neal Studd, Florida State; Braden Keith, SwimSwam; John Lohn, Swimming World.

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Boone

Denver Men on the rise

longseeker

Both Cal and Stanford Men and Women athletes start their PAC12 dual meet season this weekend (against Arizona and Arizona State). Cal men need to hang on to their #2 position behind Texas and Stanford women should move up to 1 to 3).

Sunny Cal

Agree. Mi women should never be #1 in front of Stanford women!

RTR

Having a poll like this to predict dual meets is interesting, keeps excitement up, and is a nice compliment to Swim Swam’s power rankings that predict the NCAA final position.

One minor note for the voters to consider in the next poll: Alabama men (others receiving votes) beat the Florida State men (Ranked 15th) by a score of 156-138 on 1/11/20.

https://rolltide.com/news/2020/1/11/swimming-diving-alabama-swimming-and-diving-sweeps-florida-state-on-the-road-saturday.aspx

skullgolgotha

USC slipping down the list on both sides. Lots of changes coming up there coaching wise…. and maybe still feeling the fallout from the admissions scandals etc there. Recruiting challenges? Moral Down?Who knows but certainly a downward slide.

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