Emory Women, Denison Men Remain Atop CSCAA NCAA Division III Rankings

PHOENIX, Arizona, December 13. THE Emory University Women and Denison University Men remained on top of the NCAA Division III rankings produced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America heading into the winter break.

The CSCAA DIII Poll Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 20 best performing NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving 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. Jason Marsteller serves as Swimming World’s representative on these conference calls.

1. Emory, 1
L, UNC-Wilmington, 152-146
W, Birmingham-Southern, 150-93
W, Savannah A&D, 120-79
L, Georgia, 130-97
1st, Emory Diving
4th, Miami Invitational

The Eagles have completed their 2013 schedule and won’t be back in action until Jan. 10 against Florida Southern. The Emory women had an impressive outing at the Miami Invitational, that included an amazing 53 total NCAA B cuts, finished just a bit behind Denison in terms of Division III competition. The meet definitely proved to be very healthy for Emory’s post-season prospects.

2. Denison, 2
L, Toledo, 264-150
1st, Kenyon Relays
W, Malone, 171-70
W, Cleveland State, 188-112
L, Ohio State, 251.5-48.5
L, Virginia Tech, 239-61
W, Kenyon, 164-126
3rd, Miami Invitational

Denison concluded its fall schedule with a third-place finish at the Miami Invitational, and will return on Jan. 10 with a double-header against Eastern Michigan and Wittenberg. The Denison women tallied a total of 34 NCAA B cuts at the meet in Miami, including 15 on the final night of action.

3. Kenyon, 3
2nd, Kenyon Relays
L, Ohio State, 191-99
L, Denison, 164-136
W, Ohio Northern, 201.5-37.5
8th, TYR Invitational
W, Grove City, 202-96
W, Case Western Reserve, 200-99
W, Gannon, 198-89
2nd, TPSC Invitational

Kenyon closed out the Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational at home with a second-place finish. Only NCAA Division I U-Penn finished stronger, as Penn took the team title by about 300 points. Katie Kaestner led the way for the Ladies with a pair of breaststroke victories in Gambier as she claimed wins in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

4. Johns Hopkins, 4
W, Franklin & Marshall, 161-96
L, Loyola, 207-156
W, Marywood, 270-87
W, Saint Francis (PA), 225-106)
1st, Gettysburg Invitational
3rd, TPSC Invite

The Blue Jays took advantage of their swims at the Kenyon-hosted Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational in Gambier, with senior Taylor Kitayama truly breaking the trail with a pair of school records. She broke the 200-yad back record in prelims with a 1:58.53, while coming back in the 200 IM with a winning time of 2:04.33.

5. Williams, NR
W, Springfield, 200-94
W, Union, 206-86
W, Boston College, 208-92

Williams hasn’t had much competition thus far in the season, but a recent run of three-straight dual meet wins including a victory against NCAA Division I foe Boston College impressed the voters. The Ephs managed to take all but two events against Boston College during what proved to be an impressive outing. Williams returns to competition Jan. 4 against Boston University.

6. Washington U (MO), 10
W, Saint Louis
5th, Show-Me Showdown
W, DePauw
L, Chicago
1st, Illinois Wesleyan Invite
1st, Wheaton Invite

Wash U’s women collected the Wheaton Invitational title with more than 1000 points accumulated during two days. That’s more than 200 points better than host Wheaton. Wash U’s women are on holiday training break until the WU Invitational at home Jan. 10-11.

7. NYU, T5
W, SUNY-Cortland, 189-101
W, Brandeis, 311-30
W, Rochester, 219-151
L, Canisius, 189.5-176.5
1st, NYU Fall Invitational
W, TCNJ, 195-84
1st, ECAC Championships

NYU’s women had a strong close to the fall season with a team-title win at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships held in the Bronx at the beginning of the month. In the end, NYU beat 16 other teams for the title with freshman Sela Wang as the highlight on the last day with a 24.32 in the 50 free.

8. MIT, 7
W, Springfield, 173-126
W, Welleseley, 164-124
W, Babson, 233-49
W, Bowdoin, 194-93
1st, MIT Invitational

MIT wrapped up the 2013 MIT Invitational with a victory in the two-day, three-session competition. By the end of the meet, MIT acquired 17 NCAA B cuts as well as broke a pair of school records during the meet held in Cambridge.

9. Stevens Institute of Technology, T8
L, Saint Peter’s 109-96
2nd, NYU Fall Invitational
W, TCNJ, 147-109
2nd, ECAC Championships

Stevens put together a strong meet in the Bronx at the ECAC Championships with Brittany Geyer earning Swimmer of the Meet honors. Geyer managed to tally 128 points total for the Stevens squad that placed second to NYU with 1,297.50 points.

10. Chicago, T5
W, Wheaton, 130-118
W, Washington University, 157-139
1st, Phoenix Fall Classic

UChicago’s women won their own Phoenix Fall Classic held in Chicago to close out November. Combined with the men’s team, UChicago finished with three pool records, nine school records and recorded 33 NCAA B-cut times over the weekend.

11. Gustavus Adolphus, 16
12. Wheaton (IL), 11
13. Carnegie Mellon, T8
14. Springfield, 14
15. DePauw, NR
16. Amherst, NR
17. UW Lacrosse, NR
18. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 17
19. Grove City, T18
20. Rochester, 12

Also receiving votes: Keene State, Calvin, Wellesley
Dropped out: Mary Washington (13), Keene State (15), Washington & Lee (T18), Calvin (20)

1. Denison, 1
W, Wabash, 198-156
2nd, Kenyon Relays
W, Malone, 166-97
L, Ohio State, 202-90
W, Cleveland State, 180-120
L, Virginia Tech, 251-49
W, Kenyon, 153.5-146.5
1st, Miami Invite

Denison had one of the most impressive outings of the mid-season taper meets, ending the Miami Invitational as meet champions, including wins against NCAA Division I talent. The Big Red dominated the event, beating the hosts by a 1,116-point margin. Denison finished the meet with 12 wins, including three school records, four meet records and an NCAA Division III mark by Damon Rosenburg in the 100 breast (53.61).

2. Kenyon, 2
1st, Kenyon Relays
L, Ohio State, 186-101
L, Denison, 153.5-146.5
W, Ohio Northern, 201-33
5th , TYR Invitational
W, Grove City, 244-54
W, Case Western Reserve, 195-102
W, Gannon, 219-74
2nd, TPSC Invite

Similar to the Ladies, the Lords of Kenyon took second at their own Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational. Harrison Curley definitely had the best effort for the Lords with a pool and school record I the 200-yard back with a 1:45.80. That school record had stood since the 2001-02 season with a 1:47.21 set by Leandro Monteiro.

3. Emory, 3
L, UNC Wilmington, 193-95
W, Birmingham-Southern, 135-106
W, SCAD, 99-77
L, Georgia, 137-73
4th, Miami Invitational

The Emory Eagles are now on their winter break and won’t return to action until Jan. 10 against Florida Southern. The Emory men had a field day at the Miami Invitational to close out their fall, as the Eagles collected 36 NCAA B cuts at the meet in Oxford, including a hefty 17 of them on the final day of action.

4. Johns Hopkins, 4
W, Franklin & Marshall, 180-77
W, Loyola, 241-123
W, Marywood, 270-93
1st, Gettysburg Invite
3rd, TPSC Invite

The Blue Jay men managed to turn in a third-place effort at Kenyon’s Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational held in Gambier, Ohio. Will Kimball had some of the top performances of the weekend for Johns Hopkins with a 44.75 in the 100 free before posting an even faster time with a 44.79 as a leadoff swimmer.

5. MIT, 8
W, Springfield, 233-61
W, Bowdoin, 215-82
W, Babson, 240-57
1st, MIT Invitational

The MIT Invitational proved to be extremely helpful for the MIT men as the squad closed out the meet with 43 NCAA B cuts during the competition. Additionally, Brad Jokubaitis and Luke Schuleter took down school records in the process.

6. Williams, NR
W, Springfield, 194.5-104.5
W, Union, 205-88
L, Boston College, 182-118

It might have been a loss, but Williams’ meet against NCAA Division I Boston College, along with several other top swims against Springfield and Union, helped voters vault Williams nearly into the top five. Williams managed to win six events against Boston College, and will face another Boston-based school with Boston University next up on Jan. 4.

7. Stevens Institute of Technology, 7
W, Saint Peter’s, 136-69
1st, NYU Fall Invitational
W, TCNJ, 133-129
1st, ECAC Championships

The Ducks beat out 16 other teams for the ECAC Championships title last weekend, including NYU, in the process. Ravi Sun captured Swimmer of the Meet honors with 124 total points out of Stevens’ 1,741 used to win the overall title.

8. The College of New Jersey, T9
W, Montclair State, 129-94
W, Ramapo, 156-95
W, Southern Connecticut State, 169.5-116.5
W, NYU, 168-128
L, Stevens, 133-129
1st, TCNJ Invitational

The Lions managed to win their own TCNJ Invitational to close out the fall season. During the three-day competition, TCNJ downed Rowan, Bridgeport, U.S. Merchant Marine and West Chester, including a school record by Brett Pedersen in the 100 free with a 45.18 in prelims.

9. NYU, T9
W, SUNY Cortland, 193-86
L, Canisius, 194-176
W, Rochester, 237-130.5
W, Brandeis, 302-54
2nd, NYU Fall Invitational
L, TCNJ, 168-128
2nd, ECAC Championships

THE NYU men managed to finish second in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships held in the Bronx. Jerry Crowley put together a strong weekend, setting a pair of conference marks in the 50 free (20.87) and 100 free (45.20).

10. St. Olaf, T14
Northfield Colleges Quad Classic
W, Gustavus Adolphus
Jean Freeman Invitational

Nick Wilkerson had a strong meet at the Minnesota-host Jean Freeman Invitational with a win in the 200 breast (2:03.20) and second-place finish in the 100-yard breast (56.77). Both times cleared the NCAA B cut in the events. He also finished fifth in the 200 IM with a 1:56.21.

11. DePauw, 12
T12. Carnegie Mellon, 5
T12. Chicago, 11
14. Washington U (MO), 13
15. Amherst, NR
16. Connecticut, NR
17. Keene State, 6
18. Gettysburg, NR
19. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, T17
20. Calvin, T14

Also receiving votes: Albion, Rowan, Rochester, Mary Washington
Dropped out: Mary Washington (16), Redlands (T17), Rochester (19), Carleton (20)

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