Coaches? Poll ? No. 2

Coaches? Poll ? No. 2
By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fresno Pacific (Calif.) tightened its hold on the No. 1 ranking as it became a unanimous top selection in this season’s second addition of the NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Sunbirds, who earned four of five first-place nods in the previous poll, collected all five first-place votes this week for 30 points as they continue to dominate their competition.

Cheyenne Coffman, the 2010 NAIA Swimmer of the Year, remains the nation’s best in four events: the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke. The Sunbirds topped NCAA Division II Cal State East Bay and NCAA Division III UC Santa Cruz and fell to NCAA Division I Pacific (Calif.) in their most recent dual meets.

Oklahoma Baptist, led by Tara DeWall’s top score in the 1-meter, 6-dives event, moves up a spot to No. 2 with 19 points. SCAD Savannah (Ga.), whose top swimmer Heather Librizzi owns the best time in the 1,650-yard freestyle this season, moves back one position to No. 3 with 16 points. Union (Ky.), who received votes in the previous poll, jumps into the rankings at No. 4 with five points. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) hangs on in the poll at No. 5, tying with newcomer Concordia (Calif.) with four points.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches from the NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association. The second poll will be released on Feb. 24.

1 1 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) (5) 30
2 3 Oklahoma Baptist 19
3 2 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 16
4 RV Union (Ky.) 5
5 4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 4
5 RV Concordia (Calif.) 4

Others receiving votes: Cumberlands (Ky.) 2.

Championship Information

NAIA Swim & Dive Championship

March 4 - March 7, 2020
Allan Jones Aquatic Center
Knoxville, Tennessee