Texas Men, Virginia Women Hold #1 Ranks In CSCAA Top 25 Polls

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.

Courtesy: CSCAA

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

Rk Prv Team Points
1 1 Texas 350
2 2 California 326
2 3 NC State 324
4 4 Florida 306
5 5 Indiana 296
6 6 Arizona State 280
7 7 Michigan 264
8 8 Southern California 240
9 11 Louisville 225
10 9 Missouri 221
11 10 Stanford 219
12 14 Georgia 187
13 16 Virginia Tech 184
14 12 Ohio State 174
15 19 Auburn 139
16 15 Tennessee 138
17 13 Alabama 131
18 17 Virginia 123
19 18 Florida State 101
20 20 Arizona 77
21 21 Georgia Tech 59
22 23 Harvard 46
23 22 Texas A&M 43
24 NR Wisconsin 42
25 24 UNLV 36

Also Receiving Votes

Harvard (18), Texas Christian (18), Penn State (5), Louisiana Sate (2), Arizona (2), Notre Dame (1)

Division I Women

Rk Prv Team Points
1 1 Virginia 348
2 2 Texas 332
3 3 Michigan 318
4 4 Stanford 302
5 5 NC State 300
6 6 Tennessee 288
7 7 California 261
8 8 Alabama 254
9 9 Ohio State 238
10 11 Southern California 213
11 15 Louisville 201
12 12 Georgia 194
13 10 Indiana 192
14 13 Kentucky 166
15 14 Wisconsin 164
16 17 Florida 143
17 16 Northwestern 129
18 18 Missouri 107
19 19 Auburn 97
20 21 Notre Dame 50
21 20 Minnesota 41
22 24 Texas A&M 38
22 24 Arizona 36
24 22 North Carolina 30
25 23 Akron 28

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.

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5 months ago

I could be wrong, but the men’s “Also Receiving Votes” info seems to be incorrect. Not complaining. Just trying to be helpful!😁

5 months ago

I’d love to hear the logic of not ranking uva women 1st from those two committee members. They already beat Texas handily, and clearly nc state are not a match for them (as this Saturday will demonstrate).

5 months ago

Looks like Sates isn’t off to UGA?

Instagram stories yesterday showed him swimming with Le Clos

5 months ago

Does this mean Dean is ranked #22 and the rest of the Harvard Men are the first team listed in also received votes?

5 months ago

NC State women ranked 5th? Buwahahaha!

IU Swammer
Reply to  Snarky
5 months ago

This is based on dual meets, not NCAA championships, and this is a wonky year for dual meets.

5 months ago

Hunter “The magic man” Armstrong should push OSU way higher, top 2 at least.

Reply to  Dressel_42.8
5 months ago

You’re absolutely right, there’s no way Ohio State finishes any lower than second at NCAA‘sp

5 months ago

NC state men ranked above NC state women, interesting……

Joel Lin
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
5 months ago

Rankings don’t mean a thing, but it is notable how improved NCS men are this year after a (relative for them) down year in 2021. The Pack will be strong at NCAAs.

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
5 months ago


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