Little Movement in CSCAA Women’s Division I Swimming and Diving Coaches Poll

PHOENIX, Arizona, January 29. VERY few teams made movement in the College Swim Coaches Association of America’s poll of the top 25 Division I women’s swimming and diving teams, with California continuing to reign at the top of the list with another unanimous vote.

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. California (6-0, 4-0 Pac 12)
Previous rank: 1

Results
W at Oregon State (9/27), 161-95
W vs. Washington State (10/4), 164-89
W vs. Florida (10/19-20), 238-210
W vs. Wisconsin (11/1), 163-111
UNLV Fall Invitational (11/21-23)
USA Swimming nationals (12/5-7)

Since last poll:
W vs. Arizona State (1/24), 229-69
W vs. Arizona (1/25), 190-109

Next competition: Friday at Southern California

Last weekend’s dual meets showed off Cal’s amazing diversity across many strokes and distances.

2. Georgia (9-0-1, 4-0-1 SEC)
Previous rank: 3

Results
W vs. Kentucky (9/25), 165-98
W vs. Wisconsin (10/4-5), 182-136
W vs. Georgia Tech (10/15), 187-88
W at LSU (10/18), 170.5-118.5
W at Florida (11/7), 162-138
W vs. Emory (11/15), 137-73
Auburn Invitational (11/22-24)
W vs North Carolina State (1/4), 186-113
Tie at Texas A&M (1/10), 150-150
W at Texas (1/11), 157.5-142.5

Since last poll:
W vs. Tennessee (1/25), 177.5-114.5

Next competition: Saturday vs. Alabama

A fast time in the 1000 freestyle by Brittany MacLean and some notable swims from others on Georgia’s roster gave the Bulldogs some staying power in the top three.

3. Texas A&M (7-0-1, 3-0-1 SEC)
Previous rank: 2

Results
W at Vanderbilt (10/12), 154.5-98.5
W vs. Texas (10/18), 152-148
W at Missouri (11/1), 159-118
Art Adamson Invitational (11/21-23)
W vs. Rice (12/20), 158-96
Tie vs. Georgia (1/10), 150-150
W vs. SMU (1/11), 174-110

Since last poll:
W vs. Houston (1/16), 159-125
W at Louisiana State (1/18), 168-127

Next competition: Saturday vs. North Texas

With the Aggies not putting many of their swimmers in their best events in the past two dual meets, Texas A&M did not put up times that would have kept them in the No. 2 spot this week.

4. Stanford (7-0, 4-0 Pac 12)
Previous rank: 4

Results
W vs. San Jose State (9/26), 138-100
W vs. Washington State (10/3), 147-104
W at Oregon State (10-25), 170-88
W vs. Wisconsin (11/2), 201-85
Art Adamson Invitational (11/21-23)
W at Texas (1/4), 154-146

Since last poll:
W vs. Arizona (1/24), 157-138
W vs. Arizona State (1/25), 148-68

Next competition: Friday at UCLA

A strong senior class, and a big win in the 200 free by Lia Neal over Arizona’s Margo Geer kept the Cardinal steady in this week’s poll.

5. Southern California (5-0, 4-0 Pac 12)
Previous rank: 5

Results
W at Washington State (10/18), 146-116
SMU Classic (10/18-19), first place
W at Arizona State (11/8), 167-128
W at Arizona (11/9), 167-133
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
W vs. Utah (1/10), 119-91
W vs. Wisconsin (1/11), 154-103

Since last poll:
Idle

Next competition: Friday vs. California

6. Texas (8-3, 1-0 Big 12)
Previous rank: 6

Results
W vs. Rice (10/11), 149-99
W vs. North Carolina (10/17), 171-129
L at Texas A&M (10/18), 152-148
W at Indiana (10/25) 155-141
W vs. Michigan (at Indiana) (10/25), 210-90
W at Virginia (11/8-9), 196-157
W vs. Penn State (at Virginia) (11/8-9), 242-111
W vs. West Virginia (at Virginia) (11/8-9), 297-41
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
L vs. Stanford (1/4), 154-146
W vs. Auburn (1/9), 168.5-129.5
L vs. Georgia (1/11), 157.5-142.5

Since last poll:
Idle

Next competition: Friday and Saturday at Texas

Last weekend’s meet against Texas Christian was canceled, leaving the Longhorns without a meet to make a case for trying to get into the top five.

7. Virginia (9-1, 3-0 ACC)
Previous rank: 9

Results
W at Navy (10/25), 250-50
W vs. Yale (at Navy) (10/25), 237-63
L vs. Texas (11/8-9), 196-157
W vs. Penn State (11/8-9), 226-127
W vs. West Virginia (11/8-9), 288-50
Buckeye Invitational (11/22-24)

Since last poll:
W at Virginia Tech (1/18), 245-125
W vs. Miami (at Virginia Tech) (1/18), 266-93
W vs. Wisconsin (at Virginia Tech) (1/18), 225-139
W at Duke (1/24), 187.5-98.5
W at North Carolina (1/25), 152-146

Next competition: Saturday at North Carolina State

Five wins in the space of a week helped Virginia make a small step upward in the top 10.

8. Florida (5-2, 3-1 SEC)
Previous rank: 8

Results
All-Florida Invite (9/27-29), first place
W at Missouri (10/17), 181-109
L at California (10/19-20), 238-210
L vs. Georgia (11/1), 162-138
W vs. Alabama (11/7), 179-113
Buckeye Invitational (11/22-24)
W vs. Florida State (1/4), 153-147

Since last poll:
W vs. Florida Atlantic (1/18), 175-112
W vs. Auburn (1/25), 173.5-124.5

Next competition: Saturday at Tennessee

Florida rebounded from illness to swim strong against Florida Atlantic and Auburn, including a fast 200 fly from Elizabeth Beisel.

9. North Carolina (7-2, 1-1 ACC)
Previous rank: 7

Results
W at Virginia Tech (10/11), 233-120
W vs. Radford (at Virginia Tech) (10/11), 289-55
W vs. Liberty (at Virginia Tech) (10/11), 262-87
W vs. James Madison (at Virginia Tech) (10/11), 272.5-80.5
L at Texas (10/17), 171-129
W at TCU (10/18), 200-97
SMU Classic (10/18-19), third place
W vs Louisville (11/1-2), 213-140
Dowd Nike Cup (11/21-23)
W vs. Navy (1/11), 194-97

Since last poll:
L vs. Virginia (1/25), 152-146

Next competition: Friday vs. North Carolina State

A loss to Virginia, a lower-ranked team, hurt North Carolina. The Tar Heels managed to stay in the top 10, however.

10. Arizona (7-1, 3-1 Pac 12)
Previous rank: 10

Results
W at Utah (10/19), 204-96
W vs. UNLV (10/25), 183-109
W vs. UCLA (11/8), 151-149
L vs. USC (11/9), 167-133
W vs. Boise State (11/23) 172-106
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
W vs. Oregon State (1/3), 195-91
W vs. New Mexico State (1/3), 202-92
W vs. Northern Arizona (1/3), 188-107

Since last poll:
L at Stanford (1/24), 158-137
L at California (1/25), 190-109

Next competition: Friday and Saturday vs. Texas

Arizona had a tough weekend in the Bay Area, losing to higher-ranked teams.

11. Indiana (7-3, 4-0 Big Ten)
Previous rank: 11

Results
Dennis Stark Relays (10/11), third place
W at Notre Dame (10/12), 155-145
L vs. Auburn (at Notre Dame) (10/12), 180-120
SMU Classic (10/18-19), second place
W vs. Michigan (10/25), 181-119
L vs. Texas (10/25), 158.5-141.5
L vs. Tennessee (11/1), 171-123
W vs. Kentucky (11/1), 199-95
USA Swimming nationals (12/5-7)

Since last poll:
W vs. Iowa (1/18), 170-126
W vs. Missouri (at Iowa) (1/18), 170-121
W vs. Illinois (at Iowa) (1/18), 193-103
W vs. Purdue (1/25), 154.5-134.5

Next competition: Friday vs. Louisville

Indiana continued to put up solid performances in the past week against Big Ten teams, keeping them right outside the top 10.

12. Tennessee (7-0, 2-0 SEC)
Previous rank: 15

Results
W at UNC-Wilmington (9/27), 178-116
W vs. South Carolina (10/18), 169-124
W at Louisville (10/24), 170-130
W at Indiana (11/1), 171-123
W vs. Kentucky (at Indiana) (11/1), 214-84
Georgia Tech Invitational (11/22-24)
USA Swimming nationals (12/5-7)
W vs. Virginia Tech (1/11), 192-108
W vs. Missouri (1/11), 192.5-106.5

Since last poll:
L at Georgia (1/25), 177.5-114.5

Next competition: Saturday at Florida

The perfect season the Tennessee women’s team had enjoyed was broken last week when they faced Georgia at home, but the performances impressed the coaches enough to move the Volunteers up a few spots.

13 (tie). Minnesota (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten)
Previous rank: 13

Results
W vs. Arizona State (10/5), 197-94
W vs. Michigan (10/11), 174.5-125.5
W at Wisconsin (10/18-19), 218-152
W at Iowa (11/1), 194-101
W at North Dakota (11/9), 179-114
Minneapolis Grand Prix (11/14-16)
Jean Freeman Invite (12/5-7)
W at Hawaii (1/11), 164-95

Since last poll:
W vs. North Carolina State (1/24-25), 190.5-156.5

Next competition: Friday and Saturday vs. Wisconsin at Purdue

A two-day meet against North Carolina State showed some strengths and weaknesses in the Minnesota roster, which balanced out enough to keep the Gophers in the top 15.

13 (tie). Louisville (6-2, 2-0 American)
Previous rank: 14

Results
W vs. Xavier (10/11), 189-70
SMU Classic (10/18-19), third place
L vs. Tennessee (10/24), 170-130
L at North Carolina (11/1), 213-140
Michigan Invitational (11/22-24)
USA Swimming nationals (12/5-7)
W vs. Georgia Tech (1/4), 202-60
W vs. Cincinnati (1/11), 211-84
W vs. Houston (1/11), 210-85

Since last poll:
W vs. Notre Dame (1/18), 171-129
W vs. Kentucky (1/25), 193-107

Next competition: Friday at Indiana

Stars Kelsi Worrell and Tanja Kylliainen were just a couple of big point scorers in the past week of dual meets for the Cardinals.

15. Auburn (3-1, 1-1 SEC)
Previous rank: 12

Results
W at Vanderbilt (9/27), 158-44
Dennis Stark Relays (10/11), first place
W at Notre Dame (10/12), 180-120
W vs. Indiana (at Notre Dame) (10/12), 180-120
Royals Invite (10/25), unscored
Auburn Invitational (11/22-24)
L at Texas (1/9), 168.5-129.5

Since last poll:
L at Florida (1/25), 173.5-124.5

Next competition: Saturday vs. South Carolina

Emily Bos’ double wins against Florida weren’t enough to keep Auburn from slipping a bit in the rankings.

16. Ohio State (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten)
Previous rank: 19

Results
W at Kentucky (10/11), 195-104
W vs. Kenyon (10/25), 191-99
W vs. Cleveland State (11/1), 252-48
W vs. Denison (11/1), 251.5-48.5
W vs. Virginia Tech (11/1), 191-109
L at Purdue (11/8), 157-143
W vs. Northwestern (11/8), 211-89
W vs. Ohio (11/9), 193-106
Buckeye Invitational (11/22-24)
W at Toledo (1/11), 206.5-93.5

Since last poll:
Kenyon Winter Invite (1/24-25)

Next competition: Friday and Saturday vs. Michigan and Nebraska

Swimming against some mid-major Division I schools, as well as teams in Division III, Ohio State looked strong at the Kenyon Invite. The Buckeyes missed a chance to ride that meet victory when the swimming portion of the dual meet against Ball State and Eastern Michigan was canceled.

17. UCLA (7-1, 4-1 Pac 12)
Previous rank: 16

Results
W at San Diego (10/19), 184.5-101.5
W vs. Santa Barbara (11/1), 198-99
W vs. Oregon State (11/1), 179-77
W vs. Florida Gulf Coast (11/1), 201-98
L at Arizona (11/8), 151-149
W at Arizona State (11/9), 183-113
UNLV Fall Invitational (11/21-23)
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
W vs. Utah (1/11), 157-134

Since last poll:
W at Washington State (1/17-18), 275-147

Next competition: Friday vs. Stanford

The Bruins made short work of Washington State on the road to keep themselves in a steady place in the top 20.

18. Purdue (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten)
Previous rank: 18

Results
W at Miami (Ohio) (10/18), 177-116
Indiana Intercollegiates (10/26), first place
W vs. Notre Dame (11/1), 155.5-144.5
W vs. Northwestern (11/8), 202-97
W vs. Ohio State (11/8), 157-143
Buckeye Invitational (11/22-24)
W at Hawaii (1/4), 146-91
W vs. Michigan (1/10), 164.5-135.5
W vs. Michigan State (1/11), 167-125

Since last poll:
L at Indiana (1/25), 154.5-134.5

Next competition: Friday and Saturday vs. Minnesota and Wisconsin

Despite losing to Indiana, Purdue put up a good enough fight that coaches kept them at No. 18 this week.

19. Penn State (3-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
Previous rank: 17

Results
W vs. West Virginia (10/18), 152-102
L at Virginia (11/8-9), 226-127
L vs. Texas (at Virginia) (11/8-9), 242-111
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
Unscored meet vs. North Carolina (in Naples, Fla.)

Since last poll:
W at Villanova (1/17), 166-118
W at Navy (1/25), 193-99

Next competition: Saturday vs. St. Bonaventure and Towson

Penn State stays in the top 20 with two convincing dual meet wins.

20. Michigan (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten)
Previous rank: 21

Results
W vs. Iowa (9/27), 185-111
L at Minnesota (10/11), 174.5-125.5
L at Indiana (10/25), 181-119
L vs. Texas (at Indiana) (10/25), 210-90
W at Toledo (11/1), 221-79
Michigan Open (11/22-24)
USA Swimming nationals (12/5-7)
Orange Bowl Classic (1/3)
L at Purdue (1/10), 164.5-135.5
W at Northwestern (1/11), 172-128
W vs. Notre Dame (at Northwestern) (1/11), 168-132
W vs. Rutgers (at Northwestern) (1/11), 219-81

Since last poll:
Idle

Next competition: Friday vs. Nebraska and Ohio State at Ohio State

21. North Carolina State (0-2, 0-1 Big Ten)
Previous rank: Not ranked

Results
All North Carolina Invite (10/4-5)
W at Virginia Tech (10/19), 171-129
L at Florida State (10/25), 157-143
W vs. Georgia State (at Florida State) (10/25), 239-61
W vs. Duke (11/8), 168-121
W vs. Miami (11/8), 207-77
W vs. UNC-Wilmington (11/9), 166-112
Dowd Nike Cup (11/21-23)
L at Georgia (1/4), 186-113
W vs. Villanova (1/10), 175-104
L at Minnesota (1/24-25), 190-156

Next competition: Friday at North Carolina

North Carolina put up some of its top times of the dual meet season on the road against Minnesota to get back into the top 25.

22. Arkansas (7-1, 2-1 SEC)
Previous rank: 23

Results
NTU Relays (10/4), first place
W at North Texas (10/5), 207-91
W at LSU (10/19), 180-120
W vs. Nebraska (10/26), 205-95
W at Missouri State (11/9), 203.5-88.5
Missouri Invite (11/21-23)
L at Alabama (1/11), 149-113
W vs. Kentucky (at Alabama) (1/11), 131.5-130.5

Since last poll:
W vs. Rice (1/25), 207-86
W vs. Clemson (1/25), 230-19

Next competition: Saturday vs. Kansas and Vanderbilt

Arkansas showed no mercy on visiting teams last weekend, keeping Rice and Clemson in the double digits in terms of points.

23. Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC)
Previous rank: 22

Results
W at Delta State (9/20), 242-50
W vs. Florida State (10/12), 179-121
L at Florida (11/7), 179-113
Auburn Invitational (11/22-24)
W vs. Arkansas (1/11), 149-113
W vs. Kentucky (1/11), 152-110

Since last poll:
W vs. Emory (1/25), 178-110

Next competition: Saturday at Georgia

Alabama will wrap up their dual-meet portion of the season this weekend against the reigning national champions.

24. Notre Dame (6-4, 1-0 ACC)
Previous rank: 25

Results
Dennis Stark Relays (10/11)
L vs. Auburn (10/12), 180-120
L. vs. Indiana (10/12), 155-145
L at Purdue (11/1), 155.5-144.5
W at Pittsburgh (11/9), 193-107
W vs. Virginia Tech (at Pittsburgh) (11/9), 162-138
W vs. Valparaiso (11/15), 219-60
W vs. Wisconsin (11/15), 171-126
Hawkeye Invitational (12/6-8)
L vs. Michigan (at Northwestern) (1/11), 168-132
W vs. Northwestern (1/11), 160-140
W vs. Rutgers (1/11), 206-94

Since last poll:
L at Louisville (1/18), 171-129

Next competition: Friday and Saturday at Shamrock Invitational

Emma Reaney took down a former conference rival in the 200 breast and won two other events as one of a few bright spots to Notre Dame’s loss to Louisville.

25. Wisconsin (3-7, 1-0 Big Ten)
Previous rank: Not ranked

Results
L at Georgia (10/4-5), 361-275
L vs. Minnesota (10/18-19), 438-302
L at California (11/1), 163-111
L at Stanford (11/2), 201-85
W at Northwestern (11/15), 162-136
L at Notre Dame (11/16), 171-126
Texas Invitational (12/5-7)
L at Southern California (1/11), 154-103
W at Virginia Tech (1/17-18), 203-164
L at Virginia (at Virginia Tech) (1/17-18), 225-139
W at Miami (at Virginia Tech), (1/17-18), 252-101

Next competition: Friday and Saturday vs. Michigan at Purdue

After many weeks out of the poll, the Badgers return to the top 25 after strong performances on the road against Virginia and Virginia Tech.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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