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We are about nine weeks away from the Division III NCAA’s as most of the teams are starting to wind down towards their conference championships and then nationals. We are approaching the end of January so a lot of teams will be swimming their biggest rivals this weekend before their conference championships next month. The new CSCAA poll was dropped on Thursday with not a lot of movement at the top.
East coast rivals (#4/8) MIT and (#17/6) Williams will go head to head on Friday night in Williamstown as two of the best teams in Division III. Williams did not swim a suited meet last semester so they dropped in the polls as a result. Williams has one of the best swimmers in Division III on their side in senior Emma Waddell who is the defending NCAA champion in the 50 and was second in the 100 free last year at the meet.
MIT also has one of the best swimmers in Division III on their side in sophomore Bouke Edskes. He was second in both butterfly events last year at NCAA’s. Edskes ranks in the top eight in both events so far this season. They also have another super sophomore in Gabe Schneider who is one of the best 200 backstrokers in the nation.
MIT and Williams are not in the same conference but are two of the best teams on the east coast and the meet should definitely be competitive on Friday night.
Two long-time rivals Wheaton and (#19/NR) Carthage will go head to head in Wheaton as the CCIW rivals are the top two teams in the conference. ODAC rivals (NR/12) Washington and Lee and Randolph will be going head to head in Lexington.
Another big meet on the upcoming weekend is (#6/5) NYU going to swim at Division II (#20/8) West Chester. Another cross division meet going on this weekend is Division III (#8/7) Wash U hosting Division II (#22/20) Truman State, as both Division III teams will be put to the test this weekend with those match-ups.
Other notable meets on the weekend include (#21/23) Trinity hosting in-state rival Southwestern and (#12/11) Carnegie Mellon hosting (#1/3) Denison and (#5/4) Johns Hopkins.