Florida fans
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
PHOENIX, Arizona, February 5. THE college dual meet season is nearing its end, and several teams climbed to their highest positions in the latest poll of Division I swimming and diving men's teams from the College Swim Coaches Association of America. Most significantly, the Michigan Wolverines lost the No. 1 status they had held since the beginning of the season to the Florida Gators.

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. Florida (9-0, 5-0 SEC)
Last poll rank: 2

Results

W at All-Florida Invitational (9/27) (First place)
W at Minnesota (10/12), 172-124
W at Missouri (10/17), 169-130
W vs. Georgia (11-1), 179-119
W vs. Alabama (11/7), 169-123
Buckeye Invitational (11/22-24)
W vs. Florida State (1/4), 180-118
SMU Classic (1/17-18)
W at Florida Atlantic (1/18), 166-123

Since last poll:
W vs. Auburn (1/25), 180-117
W at Tennessee (2/1), 179-121

Next competition: SEC Championships (Feb. 18-22)

Florida ended its dual meet season with a perfect record and its new place at the top of the CSCAA rankings, coasting through its wins against two conference foes.

2. Michigan (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten)
Last poll rank: 1

Results

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
W at Indiana (10/25), 203-97
W vs. Texas (at Indiana) (10/25), 166-134
Michigan Open (11/22-24)
USA Swimming natioinals (12/5-7)
Orange Bowl Classic (1/3)
W at Purdue (1/10), 176-124
W at Northwestern (1/11), 177-115
SMU Classic (1/17-18)

Since last poll:
W at Ohio State (2/1), 151-147

Next competition: Saturday vs. Michigan State

Michigan nearly got its first "L" of the season against a well-prepared Ohio State team, and a close win over Ohio State cost the Wolverines their coveted post at the top of the heap.

3. California (5-0, 2-0 Pac 12)
Last poll rank: 4

Results

Cal Poly King of the Pool (9/20-21), unscored
W vs. Pacific (10/3), 149-104
W vs. Indiana (10/11), 173-122
W vs. Wisconsin (11/1), 151-131
USA Swimming nationals (12/5-7)

Since last poll:
W vs. Arizona State (1/24), 178-113
W vs. Arizona (1/25), 206-92

Next competition: Thursday at Cal State-Bakersfield

The Golden Bears held steady after a weekend of putting up fast times against Arizona State and Arizona.

4 (tie). Southern California (3-0, 2-0 Pac 12)
Last poll rank: 6

Results

W at Arizona State (11/8), 171-119
W at Arizona (11/9), 172-128
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
W vs. Wisconsin (1/11), 151-124
SMU Classic (1/17-18)

Since last poll:
Idle

Next competition: February 7 vs. California

4 (tie). Ohio State (9-1, 3-1 Big Ten)
Last poll rank: 9

Results

W at Kentucky (10/11), 176-122
W vs. Kenyon (10/25), 186-101
W vs. Cleveland State (10/25), 201-91
W vs. Denison (10/25), 202-90
W vs. Virginia Tech (10/25), 165.5-135.5
W at Purdue (11/8), 169-131
W vs. Iowa (at Purdue) (11/8), 195-105
W vs. Northwestern (at Purdue) (11/8), 231-69
Buckeye Invitational (11/22-24)
Kenyon Winter Invitational (1/17-18)

Since last poll:
W vs. West Virginia (1/31), 177-99
L vs. Michigan (2/1), 151-147

Next competition: Friday vs. Wright State

Losing to the reigning NCAA champions by four points made quite an impression on the voting panel, as the Buckeyes reach their highest place (so far) the top 10.

6. Texas (7-1 1-0 Big 12)
Last poll rank: 3

Results

W vs. North Carolina (10/17), 171.5-126.5
W at Indiana (10/25), 204-96
L vs. Michigan (at Indiana) (10/25), 166-134
W vs. Virginia (11/8-9), 225-128
W vs. Penn State (at Virginia), 185-168
W vs. West Virginia (at Virginia), 259-93
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
W vs. Auburn (1/9), 162.5-132.5
W vs. Georgia (1/11), 169-126

Since last poll:
W at Arizona (1/31-2/1), 194-153

Next competition: Big 12 Championships (Feb. 25-March 1)

Despite swimming outdoors in chilly temperatures, the Longhorns had no trouble beating Arizona in a two-day dual meet. The team now prepares to qualify swimmers for the NCAAs at the Big 12 championships.

7. Indiana (5-4, 2-1 Big Ten)
Last poll rank: 8

Results

L at California (10/11), 173-122
L at Stanford (10/12), 183-111
L vs. Michigan (10/25), 203-97
L vs. Texas (10/25), 204-96
W vs. Kentucky (11/1), 208-92
W vs. Tennessee (11/1), 179-121
USA Swimming nationals (12/5-7)
W at Iowa (1/18), 195-102
W vs. Missouri (at Iowa) (1/18), 173-124

Since last poll:
W vs. Louisville (1/31), 162-138

Next competition: Saturday at Purdue

Indiana stays in the top 10 this week, thanks to a big win over Louisville, and could remain there after racing Purdue this weekend.

8. Stanford (5-0, 2-0 Pac 12)
Last poll rank: 11

Results

W vs. Indiana (10/12), 183-111
W vs. Wisconsin (11/2), 175-116
UNLV Invitational (11/21-23)
W vs. Pacific (1/11), 145-101

Since last poll:
W vs. Arizona (1/24), 185-113
W vs. Arizona State (1/25), 135-101

Next competition: Friday vs. UC-Santa Barbara

Stanford is back in the top 10 after a strong weekend of racing.

9. Harvard (7-2, 6-0 Ivy League)
Last poll rank: Not ranked

Results

W at Dartmouth (11/15), 211.5-88.5
W vs. Cornell (at Dartmouth) (11/15), 229-71
W vs Columbia (11/22), 170-130
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
W vs. Brown (1/11), 194-101
L at Virginia Tech (1/17), 232.5-137.5
L vs. Virginia (at Virginia Tech), (1/17), 222.5-147.5
W vs. Wisconsin (at Virginia Tech) (1/17), 221.5-145.5
W vs. Yale (1/31), 203-150
W vs. Princeton (at Yale) (1/31), 213-140

Next competition: Saturday vs. Penn

The Crimson came from nowhere to vault into the top 10 after handily defeating two conference rivals over the weekend at the storied Yale pool.

10. Auburn (3-3, 2-1 SEC)
Last poll rank: 10

Results

Dennis Stark Relays (10/11), second place
W at Notre Dame (10/ 12), 201-99
L vs. Michigan (10/12), 195-103
At Royals Invite (10/25), unscored
W at LSU (11/2), 151-87
Auburn Invite (11/22-24)
L at Texas (1/9), 162.5-132.5

Since last poll:
L at Florida (1/25), 180-117
W vs. South Carolina (2/1), 170-124

Next competition: Southeastern Conference Championships (Feb. 18-22)

Auburn heads into the conference championships holding steady in 10th place after losing to Florida and trashing South Carolina's squad.

11. Minnesota (9-2, 5-1 Big Ten)
Last poll rank: 14

Results

W vs. Arizona State (10/5), 190-95
L vs. Florida (10/12), 172-124
W at Wisconsin (10/18-19), 220-150
W at Iowa (11/1), 174-126
W at North Dakota (11/9), 179-113
Arena Grand Prix (11/14-16)
Jean Freeman Invite (12-6-7)
W at Hawaii (1/4), 134-103
L vs. Michigan (1/11), 176-124
W vs. Michigan State (1/11), 187.5-112.5
SMU Classic (1/17-18)

Since last poll:
W vs. North Carolina State (1/24-25), 192-159
W vs. Purdue (1/31-2/1), 188-164
W vs. Wisconsin (1/31-2/1), 227-125

Next competition: Big Ten Conference championships (Feb. 26-March 1)

Minnesota was impressive all season with consistent performances in dual-meet action, and wrapped up this phase of the season with dominating conference wins.

12. Arizona (1-5, 0-4 Pac 12)
Last poll rank: 5

Results

L at Utah (10/19), 152-148
W vs. UNLV (10/25), 208-91
L vs. Southern California (11/9), 172-128
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)

Since last poll:
L at Stanford (1/24), 185-113
L at California (1/25), 206-92
L vs. Texas (1/31-2/1), 194-153

Next competition: Saturday at Arizona State

The Wildcats lost three dual meets against three strong teams, and will look to jump back into the top 10 after this weekend's competition.

13. North Carolina (6-2, 3-0 ACC)
Last poll rank: 16

Results

Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge (10/11), second place
L at Texas (10/17), 171-126
W at Texas Christian, 188-109
W vs. Louisville (11/1-2), 186-161
Nike Cup (11/21-23)
Unscored relay meet vs. Penn State (1/3)
W vs. Navy (1/11), 177-118

Since last poll:
W vs. Virginia (1/25), 154-145
W vs. North Carolina State (1/31), 154-144
W at Duke (2/1), 172-120

Next competition: Saturday vs. College of Charleston

North Carolina ends the dual-meet phase of the season in the top 15, and as the top-ranked ACC team.

14. Georgia (9-2, 5-1 SEC)
Last poll rank: 12

Results

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
L at Florida (11/1), 179-119
W vs. Emory (11/15), 137-73
Auburn Invitational (11/22-24)
W vs. North Carolina State (1/4), 156-142
W at Texas A&M (1/10), 173-127
L at Texas (1/11), 169-126

Since last poll:
W vs. Tennessee (1/25), 161.5-135.5
W vs. Alabama (2/1), 164.5-116.5

Next competition: Southeastern Conference Championships (Feb. 18-22)

Georgia's dual-meet season wrapped up with some easy conference wins, with no one putting up notable performances worthy of a move up the rankings.

15. Louisville (6-2, 1-0 American)
Last poll rank: 7

Results

W vs. Xavier (10/11), 189-70
W vs. Tennessee (10/24), 167-132
L at North Carolina (11/1-2), 186-161
Michigan Open (11/22-24)
USA Swimming nationals (12/5-7)
W at Georgia Tech (1/4), 191.5-70.5
W vs. Cincinnati (1/11), 234-65
SMU Classic (1/17-18)

Since last poll:
W vs. Notre Dame (1/24), 186-114
W vs. Kentucky (1/25), 212.5-87.5
L at Indiana (1/31), 162-138

Next competition: American Athletic Conference Championships (Feb. 19-22)

Louisville had the potential to move up in the rankings after beating Notre Dame and Kentucky, but a loss to Indiana puts them outside the top 10 as they head into the conference meet.

16. Princeton (5-2, 5-2 Ivy League)
Last poll rank: Not ranked

Results

Princeton Open (11/15-16)
W vs. Penn (11/23), 172-123
W vs. Cornell (11/23) 203-92
W vs. Dartmouth (12/6-8), 203.5-94.5
W vs. Brown (12/6-8), 192-103
L at Navy (1/4), 157-143
W at Yale (1/31-2/1), 194-159
L vs. Harvard (at Yale) (1/31-2/1), 213-140

Next competition: Friday vs. Columbia

The H-Y-P meet brings a second Ivy League school into the top 25.

17. Florida State (5-1, 3-0 ACC)
Last poll rank: 15

Results

All-Florida Invite (9/27-29), second place
W at Alabama (10/12), 179-121
W vs. North Carolina State (10/25), 162-136
W vs. Georgia Tech (10/25), 213-65
Auburn Invitational (11/22-24)
L at Florida (1/4), 180-118
W vs. Florida Atlantic (1/17), 176-113

Since last poll:
W vs. Miami (1/31), 174-113

Next competition: Atlantic Coast Conference championships (Feb. 26-March 1)

Florida State falls a little bit in the rankings, but will go into the ACC championships in the top 20 nationally.

18. Virginia Tech (11-2, 4-0 ACC)
Last poll rank: 13

Results

Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge (10/11), first place
W vs. North Carolina State (10/19), 185-113
L at Ohio State (11/1), 156.5-135.5
W vs. Denison (at Ohio State) (11/1), 251-49
W vs. Cleveland State (at Ohio State) (11/1), 252-48
W at Cincinnati (11/2), 139-93
W at Pittsburgh (11/9), 204-106
W vs. Notre Dame (at Pittsburgh) (11/9), 181-119
Virginia Tech Invitational (11/21-23)
L at Tennessee (1/11), 169-131
W vs. Missouri (at Tennessee) (1/11), 175-125
W vs. Virginia (1/18), 217-153
W vs. Wisconsin (1/18), 264-105
W vs. Harvard (1/18), 232.5-137.5

Since last poll:
W at UNC-Wilmington (1/25), 181-112

Next competition: Atlantic Coast Conference championships (Feb. 26-March 1)

The Cavaliers lost their place as the top ACC team in the rankings after a soft weekend against UNC-Wilmington.

19. Yale (7-3, 3-3 Ivy League)
Last poll rank: Not ranked

Results

W vs. Southern Connecticut State (11/8), 210-88
L at Columbia (11/16), 153-147
Bucknell Invitational (11/22-24)
W at Boston University (12/7), 186-114
W vs. Cornell (1/7-8), 181-119
W vs. Dartmouth (1/11), 196-104
W vs. Penn (1/11), 155-145
W at Fordham (1/25), 205-93
W at Rider (1/25), 209-90
L vs Harvard (1/31-2/1), 203-150
L vs. Princeton (1/31-2/1), 194-159

Next competition: Saturday at Brown

The intense H-Y-P produced performances from Yale that got them into the top 20.

20. North Carolina State (3-2, 2-2 ACC)
Last poll rank: 20

Results

All-North Carolina Invitational (10/4-5), first place
L at Virginia Tech (10/19), 185-113
W vs. Georgia Tech (10/25), 193-95
L vs. Florida State (10/25), 162-136
W vs. Duke (11/8), 177-115
W vs. UNC-Wilmington (11/9), 193-97
Dowd Nike Cup (11/21-23)
L at Georgia (1/4), 156-142
W vs. Villanova (1/10), 166-101

Since last poll:
L at Minnesota (1/24-25), 192-159
L at North Carolina (1/31), 154-144
W vs. Virginia (2/1), 157-141

Next competition: Atlantic Coast Conference championships (Feb. 26-March 1)

North Carolina State's losses to Minnesota and North Carolina were balanced out by a win over Virginia, and the Wolfpack stays in the top 20.

21. Tennessee (5-4, 3-2 SEC)
Last poll rank: 18

Results

W vs. UNC-Wilmington (9/27), 167-133
W vs. South Carolina (10/18), 172-128
L at Louisville (10/24), 167.5-132.5
L at Indiana (11/1), 179-121
W vs. Kentucky (at Indiana) (11/1), 177-123
Georgia Tech Invitational (11/22-24)
USA Swimming nationals (12-5-7)
W vs. Virginia Tech (1/11), 169-131
W vs. Missouri (1/11), 192-108

Since last poll:
L at Georgia (1/25), 161.5-135.5
L at Florida (2/1), 179-121

Next competition: Southeastern Conference Championships (Feb. 18-22)

Tennessee fell a bit in the rankings but stays in the top 25 to close out the dual-meet season.

22. Virginia (5-5, 1-3 ACC)
Last poll rank: 20

Results

W at Navy (10/25), 212-88
L vs. Penn State (11/8-9), 191-162
L vs. Texas (11/8-9), 225-128
W vs. West Virginia (11/8-9), 241-111
Buckeye Invitational (11/22-24)
L at Virginia Tech (1/18), 217-153
W vs. Wisconsin (at Virginia Tech) (1/18), 240-127
W vs. Harvard (at Virginia Tech) (1/18), 225.5-137.5

Since last poll:
W at Duke (1/24), 178-119
L at North Carolina (1/25), 154-145
L at North Carolina State (2/1), 157-141
Next competition: Friday vs. Pittsburgh

Losing to two conference rivals tripped up Virginia in the past two weeks, but they remain in the top 25.

23. Purdue (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten)
Last poll rank: 17

Results

Indiana Intercollegiates (10/26), first place
W vs. Notre Dame (11/1), 208-92
W vs. Iowa (11/8), 173-127
W vs. Northwestern (11/8), 209.5-90.5
L vs. Ohio State (11/8), 169-131
Arena Grand Prix (11/14-16)
W vs. Miami (Ohio), (11/22), 151.5-145.5
W at Hawaii (1/4), 134-103
L vs. Michigan (1/10), 176-124
W vs. Michigan State (1/11), 187.5-112.5
SMU Classic (1/17-18)

Since last poll:
L vs. Minnesota (1/31-2/1), 188-164
W vs. Wisconsin (at Minnesota) (1/31-2/1), 230-122

Next competition: Saturday at Indiana

A weekend of racing against two conference rivals wasn't enough to keep the Boilermakers in the top 20, but a strong meet against Indiana could help them rise higher in the next poll.

24. Penn State (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Last poll rank: 19

Results

W vs. West Virginia (10/18), 153-129
W at Buffalo (11/2), 155-137
W at Virginia (11/8-9), 191-162
L vs. Texas (at Virginia) (11/8-9), 185-168
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
Unscored relay meet vs. North Carolina (1/3)
W at Villanova (1/17), 191-96

Since last poll:
W at Navy (1/25), 171-127
W vs. Towson (2/1), 183-114
W vs. St. Bonaventure (2/1), 200-95

Next competition: Big Ten Championships (Feb. 26-March 1)

Beating three teams in dual meets helped keep Penn State barely in the top 25.

25. Louisiana State (2-3, 1-3 SEC)
Last poll rank: 22

Results

L vs. Georgia (10/18), 180-112
L vs. Auburn (11/2), 151-87
L at South Carolina (11/9), 166-134
Art Adamson Invitational (11/21-23)
W vs. Southern Methodist (1/9), 185-112
W vs. Texas A&M (1/18), 157.5-142.5

Since last poll:
Idle

Next competition: Southeastern Conference championships (Feb. 18-22)