Stanford Women, Texas Men Get Big Starts in First CSCAA College Swimming Poll; Grand Valley State and Ashland Top D-II

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 2

November 10th, 2010 College

The College Swim Coaches Association of America has released the first TYR/CSCAA poll of the 2010-2011 season.

On the men’s side, the defending champion Texas Longhorns sit in first place, with Cal and Stanford tied for the second most votes. The Florida Gators, who lost a ton off of their squad from last season, have looked very good early. They do have three big swimmers who are recently returned from the Commonwealth Games, however, so their early-season times may be a little inflated.

The big movers, based on last year’s end-of-season polls, are no. 9 North Carolina, no. 16 Alabama, and no. 18 UNLV. North Carolina is 4-0 on the season including a dominating win over top-15 team Georgia. Alabama and UNLV both have early-season wins against top-10 competition, with the Crimson Tide knocking of in-state rivals no. 7 Auburn, and UNLV taking down no. 5 Arizona.

As these are dual-meet rankings, they do not necessarily reflect how well a team will finish at NCAA’s. A team like Purdue, for example, will finish in the top 15 on the strength of their divers alone, but in a dual meet format do not fare as well. Other teams that put huge emphasis at NCAA’s, like Texas A&M, will also show up lower in this poll than their expected NCAA finish.

On the women’s side, Stanford, who recently knocked off Florida on one leg of a tri-meet, sits in first place. Georgia, who has also beaten Florida this season, is second. The defending-National-Champion Gators, who are currently competing without Teresa Crippen, one of their biggest scorers and leaders, still held on to fourth on the strength of outstanding early-season swimming from freshman Elizabeth Beisel.

The Texas women, who have early dual-meet wins against top-10 teams Cal (no. 5) and Texas A&M no.8) come in at third place in the first poll. The Texas women have been one of the strongest dual meet teams in the country in recent years, but their challenge this year will be to turn that dual meet success into Championship success.

The top four Big Ten women’s teams are ranked 13th-16th in the latest poll, led by Michigan, which should set up for a great Big Ten Championship in the spring.

WOMEN

MEN

1

Stanford

734

1

Texas

510

2

Georgia

713

2

California

445

3

Texas

703

3

Stanford

445

4

Florida

680

4

Florida

418

5

California

660

5

Arizona

375

6

Southern Cal

546

6

Michigan

352

7

Arizona

531

7

Auburn

348

8

Texas A&M

510

8

Ohio State

347

9

Virginia

472

9

North Carolina

312

10

Auburn

445

10

Indiana

302

11

Tennessee

367

11

Virginia

285

12

North Carolina

334

13

Georgia

275

13

Michigan

301

13

Minnesota

275

14

Minnesota

277

14

Southern California

244

15

Indiana

264

15

Tennessee

212

16

Wisconsin

208

16

Alabama

164

17

Arkansas

144

17

Texas A&M

163

18

Southern Methodist

143

18

UNLV

117

19

Purdue

128

19

Louisville

114

20

Louisville

119

20

Florida State

109

21

Ohio State

98

21

Purdue

98

22

Louisiana State

96

22

Louisiana State

93

23

San Diego State

90

23

Virginia Tech

53

24

UCLA

85

24

South Carolina

42

25

Missouri

67

25

Princeton

41

Also Receiving Votes:

Also Receiving Votes:

Virginia Tech 66, Notre Dame 65, Alabama 63, Florida St 60, Penn St 55, BYU 52, Northwestern 41, Arizona St 37, Kentucky 34, Maryland 26, Princeton 24, Duke 19, Army 16, Arizona 15, Miami 11, Navy 10, South Carolina 9, Harvard 8, George Mason 7, UNLV 7, UC-Santa Barbara 6, Houston 3, Kansas 3, Miami-OH 3, Villanova 3, West Virginia 2, Wyoming 2, Illinois 1, IUPUI 1, Ohio 1, Towson 1, Washington State 1

Iowa 33, Navy 32, Kentucky 31, Notre Dame 29, Wisconsin 29, Harvard 27, SMU 27, Missouri 26, Penn State 25, Illinois-Chicago 17, Hawaii 16, Louisville 16, TCU 15, Northwestern 13, BYU 8, North Carolina State 8, UC-Santa Barbara 7, Duke 5, Eastern Michigan 5, IUPUI 5, Michigan State 5, Old Dominion 5, West Virginia 5, Arizona State 4, Pacific 4, Cal Poly 3, CSU-Bakersfield 3, Maryland 3, Wyoming 2, Miami (Ohio) 1

The CSCAA also released their Division II polls today.

The Drury Panthers, the defending D-II National Champions for both men and women, begin the season 4th in both polls.

On the women’s side, Grand Valley State have a sizable lead in the first poll. This is on the strength of their 159-84 thumping of no. 2 Ashland. Number 3 UC-San Diego looked strong in winning 5 individual events against Division I UC-Santa Barbara, who received votes in the D-I poll.

The Incarnate Word women, who were 11th at NCAA’s last year, are a darkhorse candidate at the D-II National Championship after being bolstered by a huge transfer. Casey Hurrell-Zitelman, a former three-time school record holder for the powerful Texas A&M women’s program, is finishing out her NCAA eligibility at Incarnate Word and is a virtual lock to win at least two individual National Championships, as well as a leading Swimmer of the Year candidate.

The Ashland Men sit atop the Division II poll after a hot 3-1 start to the dual meet season. The one loss came at the hands of no. 3 Grand Valley State, who probably are the rightful heirs to the number one position. The Missouri Institute of Science and Technology sits second thanks to a high strength of schedule, including two big road wins over no. 9 Ouachita Baptist and, and one over no. 4 Drury. The Incarnate Word men match the women’s number 5 ranking.

WOMEN

MEN

1

Grand Valley State

421

1

Ashland

439

2

Ashland

341

2

Missouri S&T

385

3

UC-San Diego

328

3

Grand Valley State

372

4

Drury

298

4

Drury

357

5

Incarnate Word

293

5

Incarnate Word

341

6

Ouachita Baptist

292

6

Wayne State

327

7

California-PA

254

7

UC-San Diego

282

8

Truman State

234

8

Nova Southeastern

281

9

Indianapolis

229

9

Ouachita Baptist

275

10

Tampa

229

10

Wingate

273

11

CW Post

222

11

Florida Southern

252

12

Indiana -Pennsylvania

206

12

Indianapolis

198

13

Wingate

204

13

Queens University

197

14

West Chester

190

14

Grand Canyon

178

15

Bridgeport

150

15

Bridgeport

161

16

Grand Canyon

136

16

Southern Connecticut

148

17

Clarion

130

17

Tampa

124

18

Nova Southeastern

123

18

Lewis

116

19

Henderson State

118

19

Texas at Permian Basin

111

20

Southern Connecticut

106

20

West Chester

109

21

Wayne State

104

21

Henderson State

107

22

Saint Cloud State

98

22

Limestone

104

23

Pace

84

23

Mesa State College

98

24

Findlay

79

24

Bloomsburg

85

25

Hillsdale

67

25

Clarion

79

Also Receiving Votes:

Also Receiving Votes:

Nebraska-Omaha 60, Lock Haven 52, Alaska 47, Gannon 43, Minnesota-Moorhead 43, Saint Leo 42, Catawba 42, Minnesota-Mankato 38, Edinboro 38, Fairmont State 33, Kutztown 33, Le Moyne College 32, Colorado School of Mines 31, Adams State 31, Texas-Permian Basin 27, Lewis 25, Assumption 24, St. Rose 21, Mansfield 20, Shippensburg 18, West Virginia Wesleyan 14, Central Connecticut 14, Wheeling Jesuit 14, Lenoir-Rhyne 14, Rollins 14, Delta State 13, Florida Southern 12, Mesa State College 8, Limestone 4, Queens University 4,

Minnesota-Mankato 76, Shippensburg 64, Saint Cloud State 52, Saint Leo 49, Fairmont State 46, West Virginia Wesleyan 41, Rollins 31, Catawba 30, Findlay 26, Le Moyne College 25, Lenoir-Rhyne 24, Edinboro 22, Bryant 15, Wheeling Jesuit 13, Wagner 11, CW Post 10, Delta State 9, Truman State 7, Colorado School of Mines 6

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