January 23, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist tops the NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll for the seventh-straight edition, the national office announced Thursday. Oklahoma Baptist, which has placed first in four meets this season and owns dual meet wins over NCAA Division II Colorado School of Mines and NCAA Division III Southwestern (Texas), earned all five first-place votes and 30 total points to claim 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 eight-of-ten 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.
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) accumulated 17 points to earn the No. 2 position. The Bees have placed among the top three in two meets this season, but have lost their five dual events to NCAA Division I Georgia Tech, NCAA Division I College of Charleston (S.C.), NCAA Division II Limestone (S.C.), NCAA Division II Florida Tech and NCAA Division III Emory (Ga.). Individual Bees swimmers have earned the top times in the 500 Free, 1000 Free and 1650 Free, while the team has posted the top 800 Free Relay time.
St. Andrews (N.C.), which has placed among the top five in three meets this season and is 2-3 in duals meets, received 15 total points en route to a No. 3 ranking. This is the second-straight top five ranking for the Knights, who are in their first year of intercollegiate men’s swimming competition. The Knights have bested NCAA Division II Davis & Elkins (W. Va.) and NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), while their losses have come against NCAA Division I Old Dominion (Va.), NCAA Division II Limestone (S.C.) and NCAA Division II Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.). Individual Knights swimmers have posted the top times in the 50 Free and 200 Back, while the team ranks second or third in every relay event.
Concordia (Calif.) and Cumberlands (Ky.) round out the rankings with 12 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 second of three regular-season Top 5 polls. The third and final regular-season poll will be released on Feb. 26.
2013-14 NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll – No. 2
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||T1||Oklahoma Baptist (5)||30|
|2||3||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||17|
|3||T1||St. Andrews (N.C.)||15|
Others Receiving Votes: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
^ 2013-14 NAIA Men’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll – No. 1