Kenyon Men, Emory Women Top First Release of CSCAA NCAA Division III Top 25 Polls

PHOENIX – The first College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) NCAA Division III Top 25 polls are out, and the Kenyon men and Emory women were named to the top of their polls unanimously. The poll is produced in conjunction with Swimming World Magazine.

The CSCAA DIII Poll Committee produced in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The poll was 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 did 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 were 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 was invited as a media member to participate in the polling process. Jason Marsteller served as Swimming World’s representative on these conference calls.

MEN

1. Kenyon (2-1)

1st, Kenyon College Relays
L, Ohio State
W, Ohio Northern
W, Denison

Last time out:

Kenyon had a big 170-130 victory against rivals Denison with sophomore Trevor Manz leading the way.  Manz won three individual events with triumphs in the 100 breast (57.17), 200 breast (2:04.60) and 200 IM (1:52.36).

2. Denison (1-5)

L, Michigan State
L, Grand Valley State
2nd, Kenyon College Relays
W, Chicago
L, Ohio State
L, Princeton
L, Kenyon

Last time out:

Denison might have a 1-5 record in dual meet competition, but they’ve been competing against a primarily NCAA Division I schedule.  Last time out, Denison took a 170-130 loss against Kenyon, but still performed admirably.  Connor Dignan is one of Denison’s secret weapons as the diver swept the diving events against Kenyon.

3. Emory (2-1)

L, UNC-Wilmington
W, Birmingham-Southern
W, SCAD

Last time out:

Emory took down the Savannah College of Art & Design, 153-106, early in November and have been focused on training ever since.  Hayden Baker and Andrew Wilson both won a pair of individual events.  Baker won the 100 fly (50.60) and 200 fly (1:54.61), while Wilson took the 100 breast (56.38) and 200 IM (1:55.16).

4. NYU (6-0)

W, SUNY Cortland
W, Brandeis
W, Canisius
W, Rochester
W, Vassar
1st, NYU Fall Invitational
W, The College of New Jersey

Last time out:

NYU, which hasn’t lost a contest yet this year, picked up a sixth dual meet victory with a 179-115 win against now No. 10 TCNJ in a mid-November tilt.  Senior co-captain Jerry Crowley certain filled his leadership role with with wins in the 50 free (20.61), 100 free (45.54) and 100 fly (49.56).

5. Johns Hopkins (3-0)

W, Boston College
W, Loyola Maryland
W, Franklin & Marshall

Last time out:

Johns Hopkins clinched its home opener with a 146-89 victory against Franklin & Marshall.  Freshman Colburn Yu had a particularly strong swim, winning the 200 breast by nearly 10 seconds with a 2:12.28.

Full CSCAA Rankings

1. Kenyon
2. Denison
3. Emory
4. NYU
5. Johns Hopkins
T6. Stevens Tech
T6. MIT
T6. Washington U
9. TCNJ
10. Chicago
11. Carnegie Mellon
12. Wabash
13. DePauw
14. Amherst
15. St. Olaf
16. Connecticut College
17. Claremont Mudd Scripps
T18. Pomona-Pitzer
T18. Keene State
20. Calvin
21. WPI
22. Rowan
23. Rochester
24. St. Thomas
25. Mary Washington

Also receiving votes: Case Western, Washington & Lee, Westminter, Geneseo, UW-Stevens Point

WOMEN

1. Emory (4-0)

W, UNC-Wilmington
W, Birmingham-Southern
W, SCAD
W, Brenau

Last time out:

The Emory women downed both the Savannah College of Art & Design, 178-79, and Brenau, 184-66.  Overall, Emory won 13 of 14 events against the pair of opponents.  Annelise Kowalsky paced Emory with NCAA B cuts in the 100 breast (1:05.24) and 200 IM (2:06.95).

2. Kenyon (2-1)

1st, Kenyon College Relays
L, Ohio State
W, Ohio Northern
W, Denison

Last time out:

Kenyon took down Denison in a heavyweight NCAA Division III matchup, 166-128.  Celia Oberholzer and Mariah Williamson led the way for the Ladies.  Oberholzer won the 100 back (57.22) and 200 back (2:07.38), while Williamson took the 200 free (1:55.52), 500 free (5:00.77) and 1000 free (10:15.57).

3. Denison (2-4)

L, Michigan State
W, Grand Valley State
2nd, Kenyon College Relays
W, Chicago
L, Ohio State
L, Princeton
L, Kenyon

Last time out:

Sophomore Carolyn Kane had a strong outing in Denison’s loss to Kenyon.  Kane won the 50 free (23.52) and 100 free (51.79), and anchored the 200 free relay to a win.

4. Johns Hopkins (3-0)

W, Boston College
W, Loyola Maryland
W, Franklin & Marshall

Last time out:

Johns Hopkins claimed a 137-95 triumph against Franklin & Marshall in a middle-November matchup.  Overall, JHU dominated with event victories in nine of the first 10 events.

5. NYU (6-0)

W, SUNY Cortland
W, Brandeis
W, Canisius
W, Rochester
W, Vassar
1st, NYU Fall Invitational
W, The College of New Jersey

Last time out:

NYU rolled to a 194-98 triumph against TCNJ on Nov. 15 as freshman Isabelle Kitze powered her way to wins in the 100 back (59.65) and 100 free (54.15).

Full CSCAA Rankings

1. Emory
2. Kenyon
3. Denison
4. Johns Hopkins
5. Washington
6. NYU
7. Chicago
8. Stevens Tech
9. Gustavus Adolphus
10. Wheaton
11. MIT
12. St. Thomas
T13. Ursinus
T13. Pomona-Pitzer
15. Claremont Mudd Scripps
16. Amherst
17. Rochester
18. Connecticut College
19. Carnegie Mellon
20. Washington & Lee
21. Middlebury
22. Keene State
23. Calvin
24. DePauw
25. UW-Stevens Point

Also receiving votes: Springfield, Geneseo, St. Olaf, Franklin & Marshall, Trinity

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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