Rider Men, Niagara Women Favored In MAAC Swim & Dive Preseason Coaches’ Polls

by SwimSwam 2

September 29th, 2022 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major, News

Courtesy: MAAC Sports

EDISON, NJ (Sept. 29, 2022) – Defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving Champions, Rider University and Niagara University, have been respectively chosen as the favorites to repeat in the 2022-23 Preseason Coaches’ Polls, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Picked as the favorites in the men’s poll, the Broncs claimed seven of the nine available first-place votes to take the top spot in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll with 78 points. Rider
has won 10 consecutive men’s championships dating back to 2012. Returning to the Broncs is sophomore and the 2022 MAAC Men’s Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet and Men’s Rookie Diver of the Meet, Sean Binning. Finishing second in the poll was last year’s runner up Fairfield with 70 points and one first-place vote, Marist College (66) also received a first-place vote, followed by Iona University (53), and Niagara (43) round out the men’s top-five in the poll.

On the women’s side, the Purple Eagles collected 6 out of 10 first-place votes, compiling 95 points and making them the favorite to repeat as the women’s champions in 2023. Niagara snagged its program’s first MAAC crown in 2022, posting 582.5 points in the championship and sealing the title with an impressive 400 Yard Freestyle Relay time which was 1.6 seconds from tying the conference record time. Picked second in the poll was last year’s runner up Fairfield, who tallied 86 points and two first-place votes. Iona University was selected third, receiving one first-place vote and 85 points and Marist (74) with one first place vote and Siena (53) rounded out the women’s top-five in the poll.

The full Men’s and Women’s Preseason Coaches’ Polls can be found below.

2022-23 Men’s Swimming and Diving Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1 Rider 78 (7)
2 Fairfield 70 (1)
3 Marist 66 (1)
4 Iona 53
5 Niagara 43
6 Mount St. Mary’s 35
7 Canisius 29
8 Saint Peter’s 18
9 Manhattan 13
2022-23 Women’s Swimming and Diving Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1 Niagara 95 (6)
2 Fairfield 86 (2)
3 Iona 85 (1)
4 Marist 74 (1)
5 Siena 53
6 Rider 46
7 Canisius 42
8 Mount St. Mary’s 37
9 Manhattan 19
10 Saint Peter’s 13

The 2023 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships return to the Burt Flickinger Center on the campus of Erie Community College (ECC) in Buffalo, NY for the 12th consecutive year. The four-day meet co-hosted by Canisius College and Niagara University will take place from Wednesday, February 8 through Saturday, February 11. For all information regarding the 2023 MAAC Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, please visit maacsports.com/swim.

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Former Jasper
2 months ago

Gonna be a long year in Riverdale…….. 🙁

Bob jones
2 months ago

Let’s go Purple Eagles!!!