Preseason Polls Highlight Top Teams Heading into the 2019-2020 Season

October 9, 2019 - The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released the first TYR Top 25 Dual Meet Swimming and Diving Poll of the 2019-2020 season. Unique to the other polls, the preseason poll includes both teams that have competed and those still waiting to race in their first meet of the year.  

The Stanford women and California men, both defending national champions, sit atop the preseason poll this year. While the teams under Coach Meehan (Stanford) and Coach Durden (Cal) can enjoy the top spot, there is little doubt that they will be challenged as the season unfolds.The margin between the number one and three spot is small in both the women and the men’s polls, just 22 and 24 points, respectively.

On the women's side, Virginia, California, NC State, and Texas round out the top five spots. On the men's side Texas, NC State, Virginia and The Ohio State University complete the top five.  In total, 31 women's and 33 men's teams earned votes. In future polls, the teams will be evaluated on their meet results from the current year as the poll aims to measure the top teams in head-to-head competition.

The rankings are voted on by CSCAA-member coaches. Each committee includes 9 spots from the Power Five leagues and five at-large spots from non-P5 leagues. The women and men committee chairs are Naya Higashijima (SMU) and Bill Roberts (Navy). The next poll is scheduled for release on October 23rd.

Women's Poll Committee

Dan Colella, Duke; Niko Fantakis, Brown;  Chris Hansen, CSU Bakersfield; Neil Harper, Arkansas; Naya Higashijima, Southern Methodist;  Nathan Lavery, Texas Christian;   Matthew Leach, Washington State; Sergio Lopez, Virginia Tech; Christine Mabile, Boise State; Jonathan Maccoll, Rutgers; Jesse Moore, Minnesota;  Jeff Poppell, Florida; Jos Smith, Utah

Men's Poll Committee

Steve Barnes, Penn State;  Chase Bloch, Southern California; Jason Calanog, Texas A&M; Chad Cradock UMBC; Daniel Dozier, West Virginia; John Hargis, Pittsburgh; Jamie Holder, Dartmouth;  Lars Jorgensen, Kentucky; Craig Nisgor, Seattle; Bill Roberts Navy; Rachel Stratton Mills, Arizona State; Neal Studd, Florida State .

About the CSCAA

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America -is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.

About TYR

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Division I Women

Rank Previous Team Points
1 NR Stanford 319
2 NR Virginia 311
3 NR California 297
4 NR NC State 280
5 NR Texas 259
6 NR Missouri 251
7 NR Southern California 243
8 NR Georgia 235
9 NR Indiana 211
10 NR Florida 209
11 NR Michigan 206
12 NR Texas A&M 181
13 NR Auburn 158
14 NR Ohio State 140
15 NR Tennessee 133
16 NR Notre Dame 125
17 NR Alabama 113
18 NR Minnesota 107
19 NR Kentucky 88
20 NR Wisconsin 79
21 NR Louisville 75
22 NR Duke 46
23 NR UCLA 31
24 NR Florida State 31
25 NR Arizona State 22
Also receiving votes: Akron 21, Louisiana State 19, North Carolina 19, Utah 9, Northwestern 4, Arizona 3
Division I Men
Rank Previous Team Points
1 NR California 323
2 NR Texas 314
3 NR NC State 299
4 NR Virginia 280
5 NR Ohio State 271
6 NR Indiana 254
7 NR Florida 246
8 NR Michigan 241
9 NR Louisville 216
10 NR Stanford 208
11 NR Texas A&M 193
12 NR Notre Dame 183
13 NR Missouri 158
14 NR Arizona State 149
15 NR Georgia 138
16 NR Tennessee 129
17 NR Florida State 116
18 NR Arizona 103
19 NR Iowa 83
20 NR Alabama 75
21 NR Wisconsin 64
22 NR Virginia Tech 58
23 NR Southern California 51
24 NR Pittsburgh 22
25 NR Auburn 13

Also Receiving Votes

Navy 11, Kentucky 8, Georgia Tech 6, Minnesota 5, Utah 3, Harvard 2, Purdue 2,William & Mary 1