The Texas men and Virginia women maintain their respective spots atop the CSCAA Top 25 Polls to kick-off 2022.
The Longhorns were the unanimous #1 selection on the men’s side, receiving every first-place vote, while the Cavaliers picked up 12 top votes.
Since the last edition of the polls in mid-December, the Texas men haven’t raced collegiate competition—they’ve competed at the Longhorn Aquatics Jingle Bell Splash (club meet) and the “Eddie Reese Invite” (intrasquad).
The Cavaliers picked up a win on Saturday, 193-107, over Virginia Tech.
Both teams are scheduled to race this weekend, with Texas battling TCU in a two-day dual and UVA hosting UNC on Friday and NC State on Saturday.
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released the first Division I Top 25 poll of 2022. The committee, comprised of Division I coaches and select media outlets, ranks the top 25 teams in the nation based on dual meet strength. The University of Texas men and University of Virginia women are, once again, number one.
Texas men captured every first-place vote to accumulate 350 points. California (326) is back at second this month, they were third in December. NC State (324) slides to third. Florida (306) and Indiana (296) keep their positions at fourth and fifth. New entrants include Wisconsin which returns to the top-twenty five at 24th. In all, twenty-seven teams received votes.
The UVA women (348) collected twelve top votes to retain their first-place position for the fourth consecutive poll. There was no change among the top nine spots. Texas (332) is second and received a vote for number one. Michigan (318) and Stanford (302) are third and fourth. NC State (300) took the last first-place vote and remains fifth. Thirty-one teams earned votes.
You can find a complete list of the rankings at: www.cscaa.org/top25
The rankings are voted on by CSCAA-member coaches and select media. Each committee includes nine representatives from the Power Five leagues, five at-large programs, and two media members. The women and men committee chairs are Naya Higashijima (SMU) and Bill Roberts (Navy). The remaining polls are scheduled for release on February 10 and March 10. These dates are subject to change.
Division I Men
Also Receiving Votes
Harvard (18), Texas Christian (18), Penn State (5), Louisiana Sate (2), Arizona (2), Notre Dame (1)
Division I Women
Also Receiving Votes
South Carolina (22), Duke (20), Florida State (14), Arkansas (14), Arizona State (7), Penn (3)
Women’s Poll Committee
Jen Betz, Kansas; Niko Fantakis, Brown; Naya Higashijima, Southern Methodist (Chair); Andrew Hodgson, Northwestern; Lars Jorgensen, Kentucky; Nathan Lavery, Drexel; Ben Loorz, UNVL; Sergio Lopez, Virginia Tech; Jonathan Maccoll, Rutgers; Lea Maurer, Southern California; Jeana Kempe, South Carolina; Jos Smith, Utah; Mike Stephens, Boston College; Braden Keith, SwimSwam; David Rieder, Swimming World.
Men’s Poll Committee
Steve Barnes, Penn State; Jason Calanog, Texas A&M; Jerry Champer, Georgia; Matt Crispino, Princeton; Daniel Dozier, West Virginia; John Hargis, Pittsburgh; Jessica Livsey, Old Dominion; Craig Nisgor, Seattle; Bill Roberts (Chair), Navy; Dan Schemmel, Stanford; Rachel Stratton Mills, Arizona State; Neal Studd, Florida State; Trevor Maida, Wisconsin; Braden Keith, SwimSwam; David Rieder, Swimming World.