By: Mike DeVader, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the 11th-straight release, the Bison of Oklahoma Baptist are No. 1 in the 2014-15 NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll, the national office announced Thursday. In just its fourth year as a program, the three-time defending national champions have earned the top spot in 12-of-15 polls.
The Bison collected four first place votes and 63 total points on their way to the top spot.
Oklahoma Baptist seniors Daniel Ramirez – the 2014 NAIA Men’s Swimmer of the Year – and Jarod Haynes, 2014 NAIA Men’s Diver of the Year, have helped pace the Bison in 2014-15. Ramirez competed in the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 3-7, setting new national records of his home country of Mexico in the process – 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.38. The Hermosillo, Mexico, native broke national records in the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter freestyle earlier in the meet.
Up next for the top-ranked squad is the St. Gregory's (Okla.) Dual Meet on Jan. 27.
Remaining at No. 2 is Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) with 57 points and the final first-place vote. The Tigers – 2014 national runners-up – are guided by reigning NAIA Men’s Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year Scott Teeters and NAIA All-American Jake Anderson, who took home the title in the 200-yard Individual Medley in the 2014 championships. Most recently, Olivet Nazarene finished fourth at the Oakland University (Mich.) Quad on Jan. 17 in Rochester, Mich.
The Tigers look ahead to traveling to NCAA Division III Wheaton (Ill.) on Jan. 30.
Only two schools in the top five stood pat from the Dec. 11 release, as SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (46 points) moved up to No. 3. In fourth is Concordia (Calif.) (44 points) who vaulted four spots – the most of any school – from No. 8 and Cumberlands (Ky.) rounds out the top five.
No. 10 Biola (Calif.) is the lone newcomer of the rating, as Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) dropped out of the rankings.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches from the NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association. The rating was expanded to 10 teams beginning this season. The third Top 10 poll will be revealed Feb. 25.
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2014-15 NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll – No. 2 (Jan. 22)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1st Place Votes)||Total Points|
|1||1||Oklahoma Baptist (4)||63|
|2||2||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (1)||57|
|3||4||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||46|
|6||5||St. Andrews (N.C.)||38|
|7||6||West Virginia Tech||24|
|9||9||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||11|