Texas Men Still #1, Cal Women Jump Into Top Spot, in February CSCAA Poll

by Robert Gibbs 30

February 11th, 2021 College, National, News

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 California women jump into the top spot, while the Texas men maintain their season-long spot at #1, according to the latest CSCAA dual meet polls.

The Texas men have led every poll this season, marking nine straight appearances at #1. The last time the Longhorn men weren’t ranked #1 was in October of 2019, when they sat second to California. The California men continued to hold steady at #2.

This is the first #1 ranking for the California women this season. The Texas women had led the last two polls.

Up until this month, the polls had stayed relatively stable, but with an increase in competition among Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, there were some pretty dramatic changes in ranking, including the Northwestern women leaping from 22nd to 7th. The Wildcats have been hot over the last few weeks, going undefeated against Iowa, Penn State, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

The rankings stayed much more stable on the men’s side, as the majority of teams were within a spot of two of where they were ranked last month.

Biggest Risers

  • Northwestern women (+15)
  • North Carolina women (+11)
  • Kentucky women (+7)
  • Wisconsin women (NR to 17)
  • UCLA women (NR to 19)
  • Wisconsin men (NR to 19)

Biggest Fallers

  • Indiana women (-9)
  • Texas women (-7)
  • NC State women (-5)

Division I Women

Rk Prv Team Points
1 7 California 362
2 2 Virginia 350
3 10 Kentucky 321
4 8 Florida 314
5 4 Tennessee 306
6 3 Georgia 304
7 22 Northwestern 288
8 1 Texas 259
9 5 Michigan 247
10 9 Stanford 240
11 6 NC State 221
12 19 Louisville 217
13 24 North Carolina 209
14 18 Notre Dame 168
15 16 Virginia Tech 145
16 11 Alabama 137
17 NR Wisconsin 129
17 13 Texas A&M 129
19 NR UCLA 105
20 20 Arkansas 85
21 12 Indiana 78
22 NR Minnesota 59
23 14 Ohio State 58
24 NR Duke 41
25 23 Auburn 39
25 15 Missouri 39

Also Receiving Votes

Florida State (14), Houston (13), Buffalo (10), Akron (9), Penn State (9), Southern California (6), Navy (1)

Women’s Poll Committee

Dan Colella, Duke; Niko Fantakis, Brown;  Chris Hansen, CSU Bakersfield; Naya Higashijima (Chair), Southern Methodist;  Lars Jorgensen, Kentucky; Nathan Lavery, Drexel; Matthew Leach, Washington State; Sergio Lopez, Virginia Tech; Jonathan Maccoll, Rutgers; Jesse Moore, Minnesota;  Jeff Poppell, Florida; Jos Smith, Utah; Braden Keith, SwimSwam; Andy Ross, Swimming World.

Division I Men

Rk Prv Team Points
1 1 Texas 325
2 3 California 312
3 4 Texas A&M 291
4 2 Georgia 287
5 6 NC State 267
5 5 Florida 267
7 8 Louisville 249
8 7 Indiana 235
9 11 Missouri 200
10 10 Virginia 198
11 13 Tennessee 191
11 9 Michigan 191
13 14 Virginia Tech 170
14 11 Stanford 166
15 15 Florida State 131
16 16 Alabama 105
17 18 Notre Dame 101
18 20 North Carolina 99
19 NR Wisconsin 90
20 NR Northwestern 86
21 17 Ohio State 69
22 19 Georgia Tech 63
23 23 Auburn 43
24 21 Arizona 42
25 22 Pittsburgh 26

Also Receiving Votes

Purdue (10), Southern Methodist (5), Southern California (3), Minnesota (2), UNLV (1)

Men’s Poll Committee

Steve Barnes, Penn State; Chase Bloch, Southern California; Jason Calanog, Texas A&M; Matt Crispino, Princeton; Daniel Dozier, West Virginia; Matt Gianiodis, Michigan State; John Hargis, Pittsburgh; Craig Nisgor, Seattle; Bill Roberts (Chair), Navy; Rachel Stratton Mills, Arizona State; Neal Studd, Florida State; Braden Keith, SwimSwam; Andy Ross, Swimming World.

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NC Fan
1 year ago

And with dual meet season over now, this poll has less than zero meaning. Honestly not sure why they still bother with it. I know this will never happen because swimming isn’t tennis with how to get peak performance, etc., but a fall dual meet championship could be an interesting idea. It could be swum as a fall invitational at a conference lot regional level but with the first day having a dual meet schedule and scored as a series of duals based on ranking. You could make it two flights so the slower teams could race each other but score based on seeding. Sorry, just dreaming of more ways to make swimming fun.

samulih
1 year ago

Before commenting read the criteria the poll is based so you understand why it is not way you wanted it.

Jonny Newsom
1 year ago

I love swimswam, and you guys do great work. But the only ranking I pay attention to is Saturday night after NCAA’s is over.

WahooSwimFan
1 year ago

NCAAs will be a good meet, lots of competitive races – any of 5-7 teams could walk out champions, interesting variables will include Covid impact, if any, and 1st year collegians – particularly among those who didn’t get a senior year of HS taper meet and haven’t raced fully tapered in almost 18 months.

Wethorn
1 year ago

This poll should die a horrid death and never be seen again. Replace it with the SS power rankings.

What In The World
1 year ago

NC State takes #2 Virginia down to the last relay and sweeps every other dual meet….and drops to 11th?? Good joke, lol.

Drip drop
1 year ago

bruh no way this right nc state 11th hmmm try again

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