“The closeness of the polls,” explains CSCAA Executive Director Bob Groseth, “Illustrates that the coaches aren’t quite sure yet who the best team would be head to head.”
On the women’s side, Stanford, Cal and Texas gained first place votes but weren’t able to match up with Georgia’s ladies. Stanford, Arizona and Texas are all close by the coach’s votes and picking a winner in a dual meet between those teams would be a flip of the coin. All have great individuals and have strong lineups from the Medley Relay to the Free.
First place votes were sprinkled throughout the men’s poll with Stanford, California, Florida, Auburn and Michigan each garnering at least one nod. The Pac 10’s Stanford and California are ranked second and third with the SEC represented by Florida and Auburn at number four and five respectively. Conferences are well represented with all four PAC 10 schools ranked in the top ten. The Big 10 leads the way with seven followed by the SEC with six and the ACC with four.
The rankings are based on each team's best dual meet lineup as judged by voting coaches. Rankings are announced four times. In both polls over 50 teams were represented. This first time coaches used this method and the participation was high.
It is important to note that this poll reflects a team’s dual meet strength and is not a prediction of how these teams will fare at the NCAA Championships. All the Conferences are well represented with the SEC and Big 10 having six ranked teams each followed by the PAC 10 and ACC’s four each. Texas A&M joins Poll leading Texas for the Big XII.
November 17, 2009
|1||Texas (12)||546||1||Georgia (12)||458|
|2||Stanford (3)||527||2||Stanford (2)||439|
|3||California (1)||490||3||Arizona (2)||420|
|Also Receiving Votes: Harvard 54, Princeton 46, Southern Methodist 46, Iowa 41, Georgia Tech 35, Wisconsin 31, Brigham Young 25, Missouri 24, Northwestern 22, Notre Dame 13, Clemson 12, South Carolina 11, Missouri State 11, Cincinnati 8, West Virginia 7, Pittsburgh 6, Pennsylvania 5, Duke 4, Arizona State 3, UC-Santa Barbara 3, North Carolina State 2, UNC-Wilmington 2, Denver 2, Illinois-Chicago 1, Maryland 1, Navy 1||Also Receiving Votes: Alabama 39, Missouri 38, Arizona State 36, Notre Dame 23, Princeton 21, Harvard 19, Ohio State 18, Kentucky 11, Brigham Young 8, Michigan State 5, Hawaii 5, Pennsylvania 4, Clemson 3, Iowa 2, Duke 2, Pittsburgh 2, Maryland 2, Rutgers 1, San Diego State 1|