By: Mike DeVader, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the final edition of the 2014-15 NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll, Oklahoma Baptist boasts the No. 1 ranking, the national office announced Wednesday. The Bison collected 65 points and all five-first place votes en route to their 12-consecutive top billing.
At the NCAA Division I Southern Methodist Invitational in Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 7, Oklahoma Baptist qualified in 25 events for the 2015 Men’s Swimming & Diving National Championship on March 4-7 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Daniel Ramirez – the 2014 NAIA Men’s Swimmer of the Year – helped his relay team qualify in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:31.00.
An addition five Bison men qualified in the 50-yard freestyle, as Oklahoma Baptist swept first through third-place in the event. Logan Lassley won in 20.84, followed by JP Goyetche at 21.25 and Jake Phillips in 21.37. Chad Brandon met the standard in 21.82, and Devyn Hill finished in 21.97
Standing still at No. 2 is Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) with 53 points. 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.
Olivet Nazarene has won two-of-three events leading up to the national championship in Oklahoma City, and is coming off a fifth-place finish at the University of Chicago Qualifier with a partial squad in Chicago (Ill.) on Feb. 21.
Minimal movement took place within the Top 10 this week, as SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (51 points) remained in third. No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.) (41 points) and No. 5 Concordia (Calif.) (38 points) flipped places from the Jan. 22 unveiling and round out the top five.
No. 7 Union (Ky.) also leap-frogged No. 8 WVU Tech from the previous release.
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 postseason edition of the Top 10 will be announced on March 10.
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2014-15 NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll – No. 3 (Feb. 25)
|RANK||LAST TIME^||SCHOOL (1st Place Votes)||Total Points|
|1||1||Oklahoma Baptist (5)||65|
|2||2||Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)||53|
|3||3||SCAD Savannah (Ga.)||51|
|6||6||St. Andrews (N.C.)||34|
|9||9||Wayland Baptist (Texas)||15|