The first national poll of the new semester has been released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) and both the Florida Southern women's and men's teams have moved up in the rankings. The women have moved from receiving votes to No. 18 in the poll, and the men are up from 19th to No. 13. The January 16 poll is the last of the regular season.
There were some big moves all throughout the poll, especially on the women's side. Though the top two teams are still Drury (MO) and Queens (NC), separated by just two points (148-146), the other members of the top five are all new, including two from the Sunshine State Conference, and one that was barely in the top-20 prior to Christmas break. Nova Southeastern moved up three spots to No. 3 with 138 points, just ahead of Lindenwood (MO), which has 132 points after making the jump all the way from 19th. Tampa climbed from No. 10 to No. 5 with 123 points, giving the SSC two top-five teams for the first time in four polls this season.
The three teams previously ranked in the third through fifth positions, Cal-San Diego, Indianapolis, and West Chester (PA) are now sixth through eighth in the same order. Northern Michigan dropped from No. 7 to No. 9, and West Florida fell one spot from ninth to 10th.
At No. 18, Florida Southern is the only other SSC team in the new top-25, though Saint Leo is among those receiving votes. The rankings are voted on by a committee of CSCAA member coaches.
The men's poll has the same two schools holding the top two positions as the women's poll but in reverse order. Queen's (NC) remained No. 1 with 175 points and Drury (MO) remained No. 2 with 168 points. They were followed by Delta State (MS) with 160 points and Lindenwood (MO) with 153. Both of those teams made big jumps this week, moving up from 12th and 11th respectively. Grand Valley State (MI) completes the top five with 145 points after dropping one spot.
Indianapolis, which was ranked third prior to Christmas, fell three spots to No. 6, Oklahoma Baptist held at No. 7, Northern Michigan fell from fifth to No. 8, and Cal Baptist dropped one spot to No. 9. Two teams share the No. 10 ranking, where Saint Leo starts a run of six SSC teams that fall between 10 and 17 in the poll. The Lions, who have 104 points, moved up five spots and are tied with Colorado Mesa, which dropped four.
Checking in at No. 12 is Nova Southeastern with 99 points, and Florida Southern is right behind the Sharks with 95 points. Florida Tech is 15th and Tampa is 17th.
With two regular season meets remaining, the Moccasin women's team has had seven individuals post NCAA provisional qualifying times in a total of nine events, along with two relay teams. The 200-freestyle has been their strongest event so far where senior Katja Hajdinjak, senior Peyton Breault, junior Katie Moore and junior Krystal Karas have all hit the NCAA "B" standard. All four of those swimmers have at least one other freestyle "B" time as well.
Hajdinjak has "B" times in a team-high four events so far and holds the Moccasins' top position for two of them, the 200-free and 100-butterfly. She's also made the provisional list in the 50-free and 100-free. Karas and Breault have three "B" times, and Breault is their lone provisional qualifier to date in the backstroke, achieving that time in the 200. Junior Haley DeGrace has hit "B" times in both breaststroke events, and senior Jacinda Whittenburg has posted one in the 400-IM. Sophomore Allison Greenwood completes the list of potential individual qualifiers with a "B" time in the 50-free.
The Florida Southern men have had eight individuals make the list of NCAA provisional times thus far, and they've done so in all but the two butterfly events. They've also reached NCAA "B" times in three of the five relay events. The men have also matched the women's team by having four potential qualifiers in the 200-free, and all four have at least one other additional "B" time in other freestyle events. That list includes junior Matthew Holmes, senior Noah Franz, junior Nico Campbell and junior Luka Planinc. Holmes leads the team by having NCAA provisional times in four different events (100-free, 200-free, 200-IM, and 400-IM).
The Moccasins have two potential national qualifiers in the breaststroke where senior Luis Jasso and junior Sean Kim have had "B" times in both the 100 and 200. Freshman Brandon Dyck has done the same in both backstroke events, while Holmes and junior Matias Lopez each have "B" times in both individual medleys. Lopez has an additional "B" time in the 200-back.
The Moccasins wrap up the regular season with their final home meet this Friday (Jan. 19) when they host Saint Leo at 3 p.m., and go on the road next Friday (Jan. 26) to take on junior college national champion Indian River State.