February 26, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist tops the NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll for the eighth-straight edition, the national office announced Wednesday. 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 nine-of-eleven 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 six-of-seven 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, NCAA Division III Emory (Ga.) and No. 3 St. Andrews (N.C.). Individual Bees swimmers have earned the top times in the 500 Free, 1000 Free, 1650 Free, 200 Back and 400 IM, while the team has posted the top 800 Free Relay time.
St. Andrews, which has placed among the top five in four meets this season and is 4-4 in duals meets, received 14 total points en route to a No. 3 ranking. This is the third-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.), NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), SCAD Savannah and Emmanuel (Ga.), while their losses have come against NCAA Division I Old Dominion (Va.), NCAA Division II Limestone (S.C.), NCAA Division II Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) and NCAA Division II Wingate (N.C.). David Lambert posted the Knights lone top time in the 50 Free, while the team ranks among the top three in four-of-five relay events.
Concordia (Calif.) holds the No. 4 position in the poll with 11 points, while Cumberlands (Ky.) and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) share the No. 5 spot with four points each. No other programs 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 Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll – No. 3
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Baptist (5)||30|
|2||2||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||17|
|3||3||St. Andrews (N.C.)||14|
|T5||RV||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||4|
Others Receiving Votes: None
^ 2013-14 NAIA Men’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll – No. 2