Latest College Dual-Meet Rankings Released

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, January 14. COMING out of the holiday training period, teams are just starting to gear up for the second half of the dual meet season. Very little has changed in the women’s rankings this week, as the Georgia Lady Bulldogs continue to be the unanimous #1 team. In fact the top 17 teams remain unchanged other than UCLA edging out of a tie with SMU and into the #7 spot all on their own. The only significant movement was Hawaii dropping from 18th to 22nd after the departure of Australian sprint sensation Melanie Schlanger.

The top 12 spots on the men’s poll remain unchanged with Auburn still reigning as king. Florida State leaped over ACC rival Virginia for the 13th spot, and Ohio State moved up a couple spots to fall in at #18. Two new teams moved into the poll this week. Arizona State, with their strong showing against #15 Purdue, and Pittsburgh, after defeating Big East rival West Virginia, debut tied for 23rd in the nation. The next two weeks are loaded with great dual meets across the country and should stimulate some great debate for the next poll.

The CSCAA Dual Meet Poll is an indication of a team’s ability to win dual meets during the season and is not a predictor of any team’s end-of-the-season placement at the NCAA Championships, although for most of the ranked teams there is a high correlation between their dual meet strength and the school’s ability to score at the championship meets in March.

The human pollsters for the CSCAA Top 25 Poll volunteer many hours to research and discuss actual “dual-meet” strength of teams and to represent their respective conferences and regions. They take into account many subjective factors such as travel, location, variations in the scoring of diving, whether ‘fast suits’ were worn, etc., in addition to the objective criteria of top times and team depth. The poll is designed to rank teams according to how they would perform head-to-head in dual meets on any given day during the time period of that particular poll. It is designed to be fluid so that it can account for all of the varying factors described above.

Men's Rankings
1. Auburn 200 (8)
2. Stanford 192
3. California 178
4. Michigan 175
5. Arizona 171
6. Florida 159
7. Texas 157
8. Minnesota 141
9. Southern California 139
10. Indiana 124
11. Tennessee 121
12. Georgia 115
13. Florida State 102
14. Virginia 94
15. Purdue 88
16. Northwestern 80
17. Kentucky 75
18. Ohio State 56
19. Notre Dame 45
20. Alabama 43
21. Penn State 38
22. Brigham Young 25
t-23. Arizona State 24
t-23. Pittsburgh 24
25. Harvard 12
Teams Receiving Votes
North Carolina 11
Southern Methodist 6
South Carolina 3
Missouri 2

Women's Rankings
1. Georgia 200 (8)
2. Auburn 192
3. Stanford 184
4. Florida 174
5. Arizona 170
6. California 158
7. UCLA 153
8. SMU 138
9. Wisconsin 137
10. Texas 134
11. Southern California 120
12. Penn State 112
13. Texas A&M 104
14. Purdue 96
15. Michigan 87
16. Tennessee 81
17. Florida State 71
18. Indiana 60
19. Virginia 51
20. Notre Dame 45
21. North Carolina 37
22. Hawaii 24
t-23. Washington 22
t-23. Harvard 22
25. Rutgers 12
Teams Receiving Votes
Kentucky 9
Virginia Tech 3
Minnesota 2
UC Santa Barbara 1
Missouri 1

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