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2016-17 NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 1 (Oct. 27)

October 27, 2016
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By Nikki Sherrill, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has taken over the No. 1 ranking in the first NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Thursday.  Last season, the Tigers finished as national runner-up in the NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championships. The next Top 25 Poll will be released Thursday, Nov. 17. 

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 2002-03):
• Olivet Nazarene grabbed four-of-five first-place votes in this edition. In its most recent meet, Olivet Nazarene started its season out against strong competition in Chicago as it competed against two NCAA Division I and Division II programs. Although the Tigers came up short against the three teams, they still had notable finishers.
• Sophomore Amanda Moran, last season’s NAIA Female Swimmer of the Year, led the Tigers with the highest finish; second-place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.88. Moran was also a fifth-place finisher in both the 200-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly.
• Behind Olivet Nazarene with one first-place vote is SCAD Savannah (Ga.), which won its third NAIA National Championship last season. SCAD Savannah is led by senior Julie Woody – a three time national champion and four time All-American. In its most recent meet, Woody led SCAD Savannah in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.
• The Bees started the season against NCAA Division I Gardner-Webb (N.C.) in Savannah, losing 136-66. The women won three races and placed second in two. Woody and Abigail Richey were the individual leaders for SCAD Savannah.
• The rest of the top five includes No. 3 Biola (Calif.), No. 4 Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 5 Brenau (Ga.).

Poll Methodology
• Top 10 team ratings are conducted by a committee of NAIA Swimming and Diving coaches three times during the season.
• The committee will use the most current “top times” as the primary source of ranking.

2016-17 NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll No. 1

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1st Place Votes)  
1 2 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (4)  
2 1 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (1)  
3 6 Biola (Calif.)  
4 3 Cumberlands (Ky.)  
5 9 Brenau (Ga.)  
T6 8 Wayland Baptist (Texas)  
T6 10 College of Idaho  
8 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)  
9 5 WVU Tech  
10 NR Columbia (S.C.)  

^Reflects ranking in final 2015-16 poll