PHOENIX, Ariz. – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released its first NCAA Division I Men’s rankings for 2012-13 on Wednesday (Oct. 24) and Missouri State worked its way into the Top 25 for just the second time in program history. First-year head coach Dave Collins and his men’s squad enter the initial set of rankings at No. 23.
“You have to be a little careful with polls. I think this first one is relative to how many swims each team has had,” Collins said. “But, I think this is really a credit to what our student-athletes put in during the summer. I think that’s why we’re seeing some good times and it’s nice to be recognized nationally, especially among some big conference and big-time programs.”
Florida was the unanimous favorite garnering all 10 first-place votes. Rounding out the top five is No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 USC and No. 5 Texas.
Although the Bears have consistently been a fixture in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll, the only other time that the Bears earned a national ranking in the NCAA DI Top 25 was during the 1990-91 season when the team entered the poll at No. 22 under former head coach Jack Steck.
Despite the narrow 131-107 dual-meet loss to Missouri (RV) on Oct. 20, Missouri State showed some strength, winning six of 11 swimming events.
Through two meets, seven different Bears have orchestrated nationally-ranked times in the top 50 including: Paul Le in the 100 back (6th), 200 back (13th) and 50 free (33rd), Vitalii Baryshok in the 100 free (27th) and 200 free (15th), Uvis Kalnins in the 200 free (45th), Yuri Garanito in the 100 back (40th), Isaac Springer (21st) and Colin Hill (27th) in the 200 breast, and Chris Carpenter (22nd) and Hill (32nd) in the 400 IM.
Missouri State also has three top-15 relays including the 400 free relay (10th), 200 medley relay (14th) and 400 medley relay (11th).
The CSCAA Division I team rankings are voted on by nine CSCAA-member coaches and one media representative. The rankings will be released on a regular basis throughout the season, alternating weeks between a men’s and women’s team ranking. Furthermore, the poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. Rankings are based on performances that have taken place up to that point in the season, and include both dual meets and invitationals.
NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming & Diving Top 25 Poll – Oct. 23, 2012
1. Florida (10)
t9. North Carolina
12. South Carolina
14. North Carolina State
15. Florida State
17. Penn State
21. Texas A&M
23. Missouri State
Also Receiving Votes: Georgia Tech, SMU, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Duke, William & Mary, UC Santa Barbara, Michigan State, Northwestern