March 13, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — National champion Oklahoma Baptist sits atop the NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Postseason Poll for the third-straight edition, the national office announced Thursday. The Bison earned all five first-place votes and 30 total points to claim their fifth 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 12 coaches’ polls.
The Bison have won the national title (2013, 2014) or finished as the national runner-up (2012) in the first three years of the program’s existence. At this year’s national championships, Oklahoma Baptist won 13-of-20 women’s events, earning 849 points and breaking two NAIA National Championship records in the process. Oklahoma Baptist seniors Lisa MacManus, NAIA Women’s Swimmer of the Meet, and Kristen Brimage, NAIA Women’s Diver of the Year, received national recognition for their performances this season. An NAIA-best 14 Bison swimmers and divers also earned All-America honors.
SCAD Savannah (Ga.) won one event and accumulated 492 points to finish as the runner-up at this year’s national championships. The Bees, who had seven student-athletes recognized as NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving All-Americans, amassed 20 points en route to the No. 2 ranking.
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), led by NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Co-Coach of the Year Scott Teeters, earned 485 points to place third at the NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championship and 12 points to be ranked No. 3. The Tigers won one event at the national championships and had nine student-athletes named NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving All-Americans.
Brenau (Ga.), led by NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Co-Coach of the Year Blair Bachman, and Concordia (Calif.) round out the top five, with eight and four points, respectively. The Golden Tigers (344 points) and Eagles (341 points) placed fourth and fifth at the NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championships. No other programs received votes in the poll.
The postseason poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches from the NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association and is the final Top 5 poll of the 2013-14 season.
2013-14 NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Postseason Poll
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Oklahoma Baptist (5)||30|
|2||2||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||20|
|3||RV||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||12|
Others Receiving Votes: None
^ 2013-14 NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll – No. 3