PHOENIX, Arizona, October 23. THE University of Michigan Wolverines, the reigning men's team national champions, stand at the top of the season's first rankings poll from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America after a trio of dominant competitions.
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
The goal of the CSCAA rankings committee is to produce an in-season poll of the 25 best-performing teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country.
Specifically, the poll committee does not differentiate between the types of meets, or the status of a specific team in terms of rested versus unrested, when considering votes. Further, rankings are only based on performances that have taken place up to that point in the season, with an emphasis on action from the previous poll.
Swimming World has been invited as a media member to participate in the polling process, and has a vote in each poll. Jeff Commings serves as Swimming World's representative on these weekly conference calls.
1. Michigan (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
W vs. Iowa (9/27), 182-110
W at Dennis Stark Relays, (10/11), First out of five teams
W at Notre Dame and Auburn (10/12); 195-103 vs. Auburn, 201-99 vs. Notre Dame
Next competition: Friday and Saturday against Texas at Indiana
Competition was fairly light in Michigan's first dual meet of the season against conference foe Iowa, but the Wolverines picked up steam when they competed in South Bend for the Dennis Stark Relays and in a tri-meet with Notre Dame and Auburn. Three Wolverines put their names at the top of the collegiate standings after the waters had calmed.
John Wojciechowski tops the nation in the 100 free with a 44.06 done as a relay leadoff swim in the 400 free relay. Michael Wynalda won the 200 free in the tri-meet with a 1:37.31, and Connor Jaeger leads the country in the 1000 free with a 9:02.50. Thanks to the leadoff swim by "Wojo," Michigan also ranks No. 1 in the 400 free relay with a 2:56.79.
2. Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC)
W at All-Florida Invitational (9/27) (First place)
W at Minnesota (10/12), 172-124
W at Missouri (10/17), 169-130
Next competition: November 1 vs. Georgia
The Florida men's team started their season very strong with dominating performances at the All-Florida Invitational, setting the bar high for their first two dual meets of the season. At the All-Florida Invite, Marcin Cieslak posted three nation-leading times in the 100 fly (47.36), 200 fly (1:45.03) and 200 IM (1:46.00). Also at the top of the collegiate rankings is Dan Wallace, thanks to his 4:23.09 in the 500 freestyle. The Gators are also No. 1 in three of the five relays: 200 free relay (1:20.23), 800 free relay (6:32.82) and 400 medley relay (3:13.30).
3. California (2-0, 0-0 Pac 12)
Cal Poly King of the Pool (9/20-21), unscored
W vs. Pacific (10/3), 149-104
W vs. Indiana (10/11), 173-122
Next competition: November 1 vs. Wisconsin
The Golden Bears welcomed back Tyler Messerschmidt to the fold after the sprinter took the spring semester off from competition to focus on school. Messerschmidt came back more determined in his first competition, posting a 44.52. He would continue to improve in the dual meets against Pacific and Indiana, lowering his time to 44.20 that ranks third in the country.
Also making a big contribution is Ryan Murphy, who has the top official times in the 100 back with a 47.43 from the King of the Pool meet and a 1:43.72 in the 200 back against Indiana. Murphy showed consistency in his 100 back with a 47.58 win over Indiana's Eric Ress and exhibited some range with strong freestyle swims against Pacific.
4. Texas (1-0 0-0 Big 12)
W vs. North Carolina (10/17), 171.5-126.5
Next competition: Friday and Saturday against Michigan at Indiana
The Longhorns swam some quick unofficial times at their annual intrasquad meet and get into the dual meet season with a decisive victory over North Carolina. Jack Conger showed his range with a win in the 200 free (1:37.40) and 100 butterfly (47.51). Both swims put him in the top three nationally.
The freshman class led the team with victories in Austin, accounting for seven wins.
5. Stanford (1-0, 0-0 Pac 12)
W vs. Indiana (10/12), 183-111
Next competition: November 2 vs. Wisconsin
After an unscored fun dual meet against UC-Santa Cruz that feature events not typically found on the collegiate meet program, Stanford faced off against Indiana. NCAA 100 back champion David Nolan dueled with Indiana's Eric Ress and posted a quick 48.32 in the individual event, though Nolan's best time of the day was a 48.25 leading off Stanford's winning 400 medley relay. Connor Black, the former national public high school record holder, also put up a big win in the 100 fly with a 48.22.
6. Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC)
W vs. Kentucky (9/25),162-110
W vs. Wisconsin (10/4-5), 179-139
W vs. Georgia Tech (10/15), 184-109
W at LSU (10/18), 180-112
Next competition: November 1 at Florida
The Georgia Bulldogs have been the busiest team in this week's rankings, racing in four dual meets in a month. Chase Kalisz has been a very quality performer, posting quick times that rank in the top 10 in butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley events. He's currently the top swimmer in the 200 breast (1:57.97) and 400 IM (3:48.39).
Also performing well has been Matias Koski, who has been branching out into sprint races lately, winning or placing in the top two in the 50 and 100 freestyles in addition to showing great times in the distance freestyles. Tynan Stewart swam a 1:45.85 in the 200 back against LSU, putting him fifth in the country.
7. Minnesota (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
W vs. Arizona State (10/5), 190-95
L vs. Florida (10/12), 172-124
W at Wisconsin (10/18-19), 220-150
Next competition: November 1 at Iowa
Minnesota's men's team came out guns blazing in their first meet of the season, posting some impressive times against Arizona State. Among them was Derek Toomey's 19.99 that still stands second in the nation and one of only two swims under 20 seconds in college this season.
The men were dominant in the two-day dual meet against Wisconsin, winning the majority of races and four of the five relays.
8. Tennessee (2-0, 1-0 SEC)
W vs. UNC-Wilmington (9/27), 167-133
W vs. South Carolina (10/18), 172-128
Next competition: Thursday at Louisville
Thanks to a couple of top-five swims by Sean Lehane in the backstroke events and a double win by freshman David Heron, the Volunteers had a strong showing against conference rival South Carolina last weekend. Heron also won the 1000 free against Wilmington and Lehane had a good season debut with wins in the 100 back and 200 IM in North Carolina.
9. Indiana (0-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
L at California (10/11), 173-122
L at Stanford (10/12), 183-111
Next competition: Friday and Saturday against Texas and Michigan
Indiana's men's team started their dual meet season against two very tough teams, traveling to the Bay Area and falling to Cal and Stanford. Cody Miller and Eric Ress notched some important wins in both meets to make some noise, but the depth of the Pac 12 teams was too much to handle. Diver Darian Schmidt was a standout, beating Olympic medalist Kristian Ipsen of Stanford on the 3-meter springboard and taking both events against Cal.
10. Florida State (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
All-Florida Invite (9/27-29), second place
W at Alabama (10/12), 179-121
Next competition: Friday vs. North Carolina State and Georgia Tech
On paper, it would appear that the Seminoles were trounced by Florida at the All-Florida Invite, where the Gators won every men's event. But Florida State had some good performances by athletes who got to shine two weeks later in the first dual meet of the season. Pavel Sankovich was one of them, showing consistency in winning the 100 back (48.75) and 200 IM (1:50.28) against Alabama with times that were right on what he did at the All-Florida Invite.
Paul Murray, the reigning ACC champion in the 100 freestyle, also performed well for Florida State, winning the 50 free in 20.50 against Alabama.
11. Ohio State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
W at Kentucky (10/11), 176-122
Next competition: Friday vs. Kenyon
The Buckeyes started off their season with a big win over Kentucky, taking 11 of the 16 events in their home opener. The MacDonald brothers, Connor and DJ, won one event each, with Connor taking the 200 back in 1:47.93 and DJ winning the 200 breast with a 2:02.77.
12. Auburn (1-1, 0-0 SEC)
Dennis Stark Relays (10/11), second place
W at Notre Dame (10/ 12), 201-99
L vs. Michigan (10/12), 195-103
Next competition: Friday at Queens>
Auburn has a long tradition of excellence in relay events at the NCAA championships, but the Tigers lacked the depth to beat Michigan in the Dennis Stark Relays. Depth was another factor in Auburn's loss to Michigan, though the Tigers were dominant in the tri-meet that also included Notre Dame. Marcelo Chierighini continues Auburn's rich swimming history, standing as the top 50 freestyler in the country with his 19.93 from the tri-meet.
13. Louisville (1-0, 0-0 American)
W vs. Xavier (10/11), 189-70
Next competition: Thursday vs. Tennessee
With the help of reigning 200 free NCAA champion Joao de Lucca, Louisville was dominant in its season opener against Xavier, winning all the events. De Lucca posted a 1:37.43, a swim that ranks him fifth nationally. The 100 free is also a great event for Louisville, as evidenced by the 44.46 and 44.67 de Lucca and Caryle Blondell posted to go 1-2. Junior world champion Grigory Tarasevich was respectable in his collegiate debut, winning the 100 back with a 50.23.
14. Virginia Tech (3-0, 2-0 ACC)
Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge (10/11), first place
W vs. North Carolina State (10/19), 185-113
Next competition: November 1 vs. Denison, Cleveland State at Ohio State
After a dominating performance racing against North Carolina and VMI in the Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge, Virginia Tech continued to impress at their dual meet against conference rival North Carolina State. Owen Burns impressed with a win in the 200 IM (1:53.01) and was third in the 100 free and 100 breast.
15. Alabama (1-1, 0-0 SEC)
W at Delta State (9/20), 283-62
L vs. Florida State (10/12), 179-121
Next competition: November 7 at Florida
Alabama's men's team started their season strong with impressive swims in the first two dual meets of the season. Among them was Anton McKee's wins in the 100 breast and 200 breast put him at the top of the national rankings with times of 54.67 and 1:57.98. (His 200 breast was later bumped to No. 2 by Georgia's Chase Kalisz.) B.J. Hornikel won the 100 free against Delta State and Florida State, with his best time being 44.76 against the Seminoles.
16. Missouri (0-1, 0-1 SEC)
Show-Me-Showdown (10/4), first place
L vs. Florida (10/17), 169-130
Next competition: Kentucky and Northwestern at Southern Illinois
Mizzou showed its dominance over other in-state collegiate swim teams with a decisive win in the Show-Me-Showdown, and were tough in their dual meet against Florida. As he did in the Show-Me-Showdown, Max Grodecki stood out for Missouri, winning the 50 free in the Florida dual meet with a 20.72. The win by Sam Tierney in the 100 breast (55.53), the 2-3-4 finish in the 200 free by Eegan Groome, Michael Chadwick and Andrew Phillips, as well as the strong diving presence kept Missouri in the game.
17. North Carolina (2-2, 0-0 ACC)
Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge (10/11), second place
L at Texas (10/17), 171-126
W at Texas Christian, 188-109
Next competition: November 1-2 vs. Louisville
North Carolina couldn't stop an impressive host Virginia Tech to start the season, and were no match against Texas, but had some strong swims in those meets, as well as the win over TCU. Dominick Glavich was the star of the team, winning the 200 fly at all three meets, improving to 1:45.41 against Texas.
18. Wisconsin (0-2, 0-1 Big Ten)
L at Georgia (10/4-5), 361-275
L vs. Minnesota (10/18-19), 438-302
Next competition: November 1 at California
Despite a losing season so far, the Wisconsin Badgers are putting up impressive times against heavyweight teams. Among them is the 1:46.66 in the 200 back by reigning NCAA champion Drew teDuits, putting him in the top 10 national collegiate ranks. Freshman Brett Pinfold is also doing well in his collegiate debut, winning the 50 free (20.74) and 200 free (1:38.68) against Georgia and posting a 45.26 to win a close race in the 100 free versus Minnesota.
19. Penn State (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
W vs. West Virginia (10/18), 153-129
Next competition: November 2 at Buffalo
By putting USA Swimming national finalist Shane Ryan in off events, Penn State allowed other swimmers to shine in the dual against West Virginia, which marked the first dual meet for Tim Murphy as the team's head coach. John Hauser had an exceptional meet, winning the sprint freestyles in times of 20.14 and 44.39 that put him in the top 10 nationally. Nick Ankosko also helped the cause with wins in the 500 free (4:30.72) and 1000 free (9:31.54).
20. Utah (1-0, 1-0 Pac 12)
W vs. Arizona (10/19) 152-148
Next competition: Friday vs. Mesa State
In what will be regarded as one of last weekend's most surprising outcomes, the Utah Utes managed to beat the Arizona Wildcats in their season opener. Not only did Utah win the majority of events, but the team pulled off the victory with a 1-3 finish in the 400 free relay to close the meet. Nick Soedel was a top performer, winning the 50 and 100 freestyles, while Bence Kiraly's win in the 200 fly was another pivotal moment.
21. Iowa (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten)
L at Michigan (9/27), 182-110
W vs. Michigan State (10/18), 182-113
Next competition: November 1 vs. Minnesota
The decision to get most of the dual meets against Big Ten foes out of the way early resulted in a 1-1 record so far for the Hawkeyes. Racing Michigan in the season opener, Iowa put up solid times from such swimmers as Roman Trussov, who won the 200 breast with a 2:01.80. Iowa didn't win any other events against Michigan, but stacked up plenty of sweeps in the minor places, including a 2-5 finish in the 100 back. The tide turned against Michigan State, where Iowa won all but three events.
22. Notre Dame (0-2, 0-0 Big East)
Dennis Stark Relays (10/11), third place
L vs. Michigan (10/12), 201-99
L vs. Auburn (10/12), 153-147
Next competition: Friday at Air Force
The Fighting Irish weren't intimidated by the presence of two of the top teams in the country at their pool, racing hard against Michigan and Auburn in their first weekend of racing. Notre Dame's star freestyler, Frank Dyer, managed to beat NCAA runner-up Marcelo Chierighini in the 100 free with a 44.34 and was second in the 200 free with a 1:37.42. Both times put him in the top five in the national collegiate standings. Also ranked well is Zach Stephens, who posted one of the first sub-2:00 200 breaststroke swims of the season when he won with a 1:59.91.
23. Arizona (0-1, 0-1 Pac 12)
L at Utah (10/19), 152-148
Next competition: Friday versus UNLV
A tough loss to conference rival Utah was likely not the result the Wildcats expected in their first meet of the season, and the decision to leave a couple of top swimmers at home hurt the team in a few events, particularly the sprint freestyles. NCAA champion Kevin Cordes was reliable as always, winning both breaststroke events, while Giles Smith won his specialty, the 100 fly.
24. North Carolina State (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
All-North Carolina Invitational (10/4-5), first place
L at Virginia Tech (10/19), 185-113
Next competition: Friday versus Georgia Tech at Florida State
North Carolina State was in control of the All-North Carolina Invitational (which did not include the University of North Carolina), then had difficulty against Virginia Tech. Ian Bishop did his best to help N.C. State against the Hokies, winning the 100 breast and 200 breast and helping out on the winning 200 medley relay.
25. South Carolina (0-1, 0-1 SEC)
L at Tennessee (10/18), 172-128
Next competition: Saturday at East Carolina
South Carolina faced a rising squad from Tennessee last weekend, and despite having a few notable names of their own, the Gamecocks couldn't put up enough quality times to notch a team win in their opening dual meet. Kevin Leithold showed some versatility with wins in the 100 breast (56.27) and 100 free (44.61), while Sam Lynch put up a big win with his 48.98 in the 100 fly and a runner-up time of 50.30 in the 100 fly.