The first edition of the College Swim Coaches Association of America’s coaches’ poll was released this past Monday, Nov. 28 and the Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving team was ranked No. 13 in Division III.
The CSCAA’s rankings are determined by six coaches and rank the top teams in the nation on the basis of head-to-head matchups against other schools, rather than the championship format that the NCAA Championship uses.
The men are currently undefeated for the season with an unblemished 9-0-1 dual meet record. The only draw came against No. 3 Kenyon College.
The men were ranked as high as No. 12 last year in the national polls.
The Spartans are one of five teams on the men’s side of the UAA that are ranked in the top 20. Defending conference champion Emory University is ranked No. 4 while the University of Chicago is No. 6. Carnegie Mellon University, who the Spartans beat in October’s UAA Invitational in Rochester, NY, is ranked No. 8. The University of Rochester rounds out the UAA teams in the top 20 at No. 18. Washington University is unranked, but was one of five teams to also receive votes.
The men are also ranked No. 15 by the collegeswimming.com/Endless Pools Top 25 performance index.
Sophomore Eric Haufler has paced the Spartans in the sprint events, recording times of 21.30 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, 47.44 in the 100-yard freestyle, and 1:44.90 in the 200-yard freestyle. His time in the 50-yard freestyle is good enough for 22nd in the nation this year. Freshman Aaron Tam has led the men in the distance events with the team’s top times in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyles. His time of 16 minutes, 48.42 seconds in the 1650-yard freestyle is 14th in the nation.
Sean Nickley is currently 12th in the nation on the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.65 seconds. He is also 19th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:11.06.
All five of the Spartan men’s relays are ranked nationally. The 200-yard freestyle relay is 18th with a time of 1:26.78, the 400-yard freestyle relay is 11th with a time of 4:11.43, and the 800-yard freestyle is sixth with a time of 7:10.88. On the other side, the 200-yard medley relay is 15th with a time of1:35.75 and the 400-yard medley relay cracks the top 10 with a time of 3:33.22.
On the women’s side, defending conference champion Emory University is ranked No. 1 while the No. 6 Chicago, No. 8 Carnegie Mellon, and No. 9 Washington are all in the top 10. Rochester is one of eight schools that also received votes in the poll.
Junior Maggie Dillione is 15th nationally in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.30 seconds. She is also 11th in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:09.47.
Sara Tillie is 20th in the country in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:11.78.
The women are also 21st in the nation in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.46. They are 7th in Division III in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 8:04.78. The Spartan women are also 20th in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:07.32.
The Spartans will dive back into competition this weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the annual College of Wooster Invitational at the Timken Natatorium.
The men have won the past two meets, including a half-point victory over Edinboro University in 2010 and an 11.5-point victory over Ohio Northern University last year. The women finished sixth in 2010 and tied for fourth last year with Westminster College.
The meet follows a championship format with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, and 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Finals begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 6 p.m. on Friday, and 5 p.m. on Saturday.