Texas Men & Women Claim Top Spot In Latest CSCAA Swim & Dive Rankings

The Texas Longhorns have taken over the No. 1 spot for both men and women in the November edition of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) dual meet rankings, a change at the top compared to the initial rankings released in October.

The reigning national champion Cal men and Virginia women were ranked first last month, but Texas has taken over the top spot on both sides as a result of some recent dual meet results.

The CSCAA has the Longhorn women leapfrogging the Cavaliers after beating them head-to-head in a dual meet earlier this month, though UVA had a critical relay disqualification that impacted the final score. Had the DQ not happened, the Cavs would’ve won the meet.

The rankings also don’t factor in the results of a dual meet the previous day which was scored combined with the men’s teams.

Unlike SwimSwam’s Power Rankings, the CSCAA does not factor in how a team might fare in a championship meet format, exclusively looking at dual meet strength, and held firm in honoring certain head-to-head results. Voters were instructed to put the Texas women ahead of the Virginia women, for example.

On the men’s side, Texas has outperformed Cal thus far, though the Bears have yet to really show their hand with any suited swims. The two squads will go head-to-head in two weeks’ time at the highly-anticipated Minnesota Invite.

The most notable change for the men comes for Georgia, who jump up from seventh to fourth after earning an upset win over Florida in late October. However, the rankings don’t take into account the fact that the Bulldogs’ top swimmer, Luca Urlando, is now out for the season. Voters were instructed to honor the result of that meet in their power rankings ballots.

WOMEN’S RANKINGS

Rank Prev Team Points
1 3 Texas 447
2 1 Virginia 434
2 2 Stanford 410
4 4 NC State 396
5 8 Southern California 361
6 5 Ohio State 360
7 6 Alabama 348
8 10 Louisville 328
9 11 Florida 308
10 13 Indiana 271
11 15 Georgia 261
12 14 Michigan 235
13 16 Wisconsin 226
14 9 California 216
15 7 Tennessee 190
16 22 Texas A&M 163
17 17 North Carolina 135
18 18 Northwestern 129
19 19 Arkansas 123
20 21 Auburn 121
21 NR Duke 107
22 12 Kentucky 91
23 20 UCLA 63
24 NR Florida State 46
25 24 Virginia Tech 32

Also receiving votes: South Carolina (20), Minnesota (13), Missouri (9), LSU (5), Akron (2)

MEN’S RANKINGS

Rank Prev Team Points
1 2 Texas 441
2 1 California 440
3 4 NC State 406
4 7 Georgia 380
5 5 Arizona State 375
6 3 Florida 372
7 8 Indiana 331
8 9 Virginia 322
9 6 Stanford 296
10 13 Tennessee 283
11 14 Texas A&M 257
12 12 Ohio State 225
13 10 Louisville 221
14 16 Michigan 206
15 19 Auburn 187
16 17 Southern California 174
17 18 Missouri 172
18 11 Virginia Tech 157
19 21 Florida State 156
20 15 Alabama 127
21 20 Wisconsin 123
22 NR Notre Dame 62
23 NR Louisiana State 39
24 25 Minnesota 37
25 NR Arizona 20

Also receiving votes: North Carolina (11), Georgia Tech (11), Columbia (7), SMU (6), Harvard (3), TCU (2), Northwestern (1)

The USC women moved up three spots into fifth, following up an impressive performance at the USC Invitational in mid-October with resounding wins over Utah, ASU and Arizona.

Georgia was clearly the biggest mover in the top 10 on the men’s side, while Stanford slides three spots from sixth to ninth, having only contested one dual meet so far this season (199-97 win over Utah).

20 of the 25 teams ranked in the top 25 were on all ballots for both men and women, and a total of 32 teams received votes on both sides.

THE COMMITTEES

Each Division I committee includes representatives from each Power Five conference, along with seven at-large voters from mid-major programs. You can find the full lists below:

Women’s Poll Committee

  • Ashley Dell, Illinois-Chicago
  • Naya Higashijima, Southern Methodist (Chair)
  • Andrew Hodgson, Northwestern
  • Lars Jorgensen, Kentucky
  • Jeana Kempe, Illinois
  • Nathan Lavery, Drexel
  • Chris Lindauer, Notre Dame
  • Ben Loorz, UNLV
  • Bret Lundgaard, Princeton
  • Lea Maurer, Southern California
  • Alice McCall, TCU
  • Jaclyn Rosen, UCSB
  • Jos Smith, Utah
  • Milana Socha, Dartmouth
  • Albert Subirats, Virginia Tech
  • Roman Willets, Alabama
  • SwimSwam
  • Swimming World

Men’s Poll Committee

  • Jim Bolster, Columbia
  • Abby Brethauer, Princeton
  • Jason Calanog, Texas A&M
  • Jerry Champer, Georgia
  • Alicia Hicken-Franklin, Denver
  • Mike Joyce, Minnesota
  • Jessica Livsey, Old Dominion
  • Laura McGlaughlin, Villanova
  • Trevor Maida, Wisconsin
  • Samantha Pitter, Pittsburgh
  • Bill Roberts, Navy (Chair)
  • Dan Schemmel, Stanford
  • Shari Skabelund, BYU
  • Rachel Stratton-Mills, Arizona State
  • Neal Studd, Florida State
  • Dr. Rick West, West Virginia
  • SwimSwam
  • Swimming World

You can find the full CSCAA release here.

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Yaboi
2 months ago

What’s the reasoning for not taking Urlando’s injury into account?

Meathead
2 months ago

They should post each voters ballots….I’d like to see some accountability here

Bruh
Reply to  Meathead
2 months ago

It’s not that deep

Love to see it
2 months ago

Funny how SwimSwam will do everything but give credit to the Texas women lol they really don’t wanna see them on top…where was the article when #2 upset #1?

Reply to  Love to see it
2 months ago

1. Not saying this equates to an article, but we did tweet about the win and say that the Texas women showed their runner up finish at NCAAs wasn’t a fluke.
2. We pointed out that Texas gave Virginia their first dual meet loss in three years multiple times (in my live recap, in the weekly college swim recap, in our video dual meet recap, etc)
3. Yes it’s an “upset”, but there were so many factors that played into the win such as the two relay DQs, and almost all the sprinting events not being contested. You can’t deny that all of this gave Texas a leg up whereas in a traditional dual meet format this may… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Yanyan Li
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Reply to  Love to see it
2 months ago

It’s shocking to me that someone so invested in the Texas women’s team would actually pretend like we didn’t cover that meet. In fact, we probably covered that meet more than any other dual meet, ever.

lefthandup
Reply to  Love to see it
2 months ago

Gurl if you’re this triggered by this article…just stop reading about your team.

Weird that the Texas women beg for attention and then keep getting mad when they get that attention. Just chill, keep training, and see what happens in March.

(Also, I have no dog in this fight – but Virginia is definitely going to win the NCAA title lol).

John Hueth
2 months ago

And it will stay that way.

MarkB
Reply to  John Hueth
2 months ago

Nope. Definitely not on the Women’s side.

VA Steve
Reply to  John Hueth
2 months ago

Pink slips?

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  John Hueth
2 months ago

Until it doesn’t. Such is the way of the world.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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