KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the second-straight edition, defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist sits atop the NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced Wednesday. The Bison earned all five first-place votes and 30 total points to claim their fourth all-time No. 1 ranking. Since the program’s inception during the 2011-12 season, Oklahoma Baptist has been ranked among the top three in all 11 coaches’ polls.
The Bison have placed first in four meets this season and own dual event wins over NCAA Division II Colorado School of Mines and NCAA Division III Southwestern (Texas). Oklahoma Baptist owns the top time in two-of-five relays: the 200 Free and 400 Free, and also boasts the top individual times in several events: 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 1 Meter Diving and 3 Meter Diving.
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) accumulated 18 points en route to the No. 2 position. The Bees have placed among the top three in two meets this season, but have lost five-of-eight dual events to NCAA Division I Georgia Southern, NCAA Division I Georgia Tech, NCAA Division I College of Charleston (S.C.), NCAA Division II Limestone (S.C.) and NCAA Division III Emory (Ga.). SCAD Savannah’s dual meet victories came against NCAA Division II Florida Tech on Jan. 11, St. Andrews (N.C.) on Jan. 25 and Emmanuel (Ga.) on Jan. 25. The Bees own the top time in the 800 Free Relay and individual SCAD Savannah swimmers have also earned the top times in the 500 Free, 1000 Free, 200 IM and 400 IM.
Cumberlands (Ky.), which has finished among the top two in five meets this season and has won four dual events, amassed 13 points to earn the No. 3 position. The Patriots have bested NCAA Division III Centre (Ky.), Campbellsville (Ky.), Union (Ky.) and Asbury (Ky.), while their losses have all come against NCAA Division I competition: Xavier (Ohio), Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt (Tenn.) and Marshall (W.Va.).
No. 4 Brenau (Ga.) and No. 5 Concordia (Calif.) round out the top five with 12 and five points, respectively. Union (Ky.) and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) also received 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 final regular-season Top 5 poll. The postseason Top 5 poll will be released on March 13.
2013-14 NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll – No. 3
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Baptist (5)||30|
|2||3||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||18|
Others Receiving Votes: Union (Ky.); Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
^ 2013-14 NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll – No. 2