By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist and St. Andrews (N.C.) top the first 2013-14 NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll, the national office announced Thursday. Oklahoma Baptist, which has placed first in three meets this season and won its only dual event this year over NCAA Division III Southwestern (Texas), earned three first-place votes and 22 total points to claim a share of the No. 1 ranking.
The Bison won back-to-back Men’s Swimming & Diving National Championships in 2012 and 2013—the first two years of the program’s existence—and will be looking for their third-straight in 2014. Since the program’s inception during the 2011-12 season, Oklahoma Baptist has topped seven-of-nine Coaches’ Polls.
Oklahoma Baptist owns the top time in four-of-five relays: the 200 Free, 200 Medley, 400 Free and 400 Medley. Individual Bison swimmers also hold the top times in the 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 100 Fly and 200 Fly, while the Bison divers sit atop every diving category.
St. Andrews, which has placed among the top 5 in three meets this season and is 1-2 in dual meets, received two first-place votes and 22 total points to share the No. 1 position with Oklahoma Baptist. The Knights dual meet losses have come against NCAA Division II Limestone (S.C.) and NCAA Division I Old Dominion (Va.). This is the first No. 1 ranking for St. Andrews, which is in its first year of intercollegiate men’s swimming competition.
Individual Knights swimmers have posted the top times in the 50 Free, 200 Back and 200 IM, while the team ranks second or third in every relay event.
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) accumulated 14 points to earn the No. 3 position. The Bees have placed among the top three in two meets this season, but have lost their three dual events to NCAA Division I Georgia Tech, NCAA Division II Limestone (S.C.) and NCAA Division III Emory (Ga.). Individual Bees swimmers have earned the top times in the 500 Free and 1650 Free, while the team posted the top 800 Free Relay time.
Cumberlands (Ky.) and Concordia (Calif.) round out the rankings with 13 and five points, respectively. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) was the only other program to receive votes in the poll.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches from the NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association and is the first of three regular-season Top 5 polls. The second poll will be released on Jan. 23.
2013-14 NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll – No. 1
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|T1||1||Oklahoma Baptist (3)||22|
|T1||NR||St. Andrews (N.C.) (2)||22|
|3||4||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||14|
Others Receiving Votes: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
^ 2012-13 NAIA Men’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Postseason Poll