Final Coaches? Poll

Final Coaches? Poll
By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fresno Pacific (Calif.) kept its stranglehold on the No. 1 position in the final edition of the NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced Friday. The Sunbirds collected all five first-place votes for a total of 30 points, marking their second-straight unanimous selection. Their perch atop the rankings was secured in part by senior Cheyenne Coffman, who¬†won all three of the Sunbirds’ individual titles at the Pacific Collegiate Swim & Dive Conference (PCSC) Championships Feb. 8 – 11.

Coffman’s three titles included a pair of meet records as she re-wrote the record books in the 100-yard freestyle (49.37) and the 100-yard backstroke (52.41). Both of those performances landed Coffman atop this season’s NAIA top times leaderboard. The Sunbirds’ Mirielvy Aumaitre, Lauren Malthaner, Sofie Gjemmestad and Amanda Carter also hold a top time in one category each.

SCAD Savannah moves up one spot to No. 3 with 19 points, flip-flopping with Oklahoma Baptist. The Lady Bison fall back to No. 3 with 16 points. No. 4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and No. 5 Union (Ky.) also swapped places from the previous poll. Azusa Pacific earned eight points, while Union gathered four. Concordia (Calif.), which was tied at No. 5 on the Jan. 31 release, dropped to the “receiving votes” category this week.

Fresno Pacific leads the NAIA with top times in five individual categories and in all five relay categories. SCAD Savannah boasts four individual top times, led by Heather Librizzi’s performances in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle. Oklahoma Baptist owns three individual leaders, including divers Tara DeWall and Michaela Peterson.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches from the NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association. The postseason poll will be released on March 8.

1 1 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) (5) 30
2 3 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 19
3 2 Oklahoma Baptist 16
4 T5 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 8
5 4 Union (Ky.) 4

Others receiving votes: Concordia (Calif.) 3.

Championship Information

NAIA Swim & Dive Championship

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