GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University men's swimming and diving team was ranked second in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) preseason coaches poll released by the conference office on Friday. The Bison scored 11 points and one first-place vote in the four-team preseason poll.
Gallaudet finished third at the 2018 NEAC championships as it accumulated a total of 379 team points after 20 events throughout the three-day meet. Wells College, who finished second at last year's championships, was selected No. 1 in the preseason poll with 13 points and two first-place votes. SUNY Cobleskill, the two-time defending champions, was picked third with nine points and one first-place vote. Cazenovia College rounds out the four-team poll with three points.
The Bison will start the season on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. on the road at Frostburg State University.
2018-19 NEAC Men's Swimming and Diving Preseason Poll
1. Wells (2)
2. GALLAUDET (1)
3. SUNY Cobleskill (1)
() = First-place votes
The preseason poll rankings were conducted by the NEAC men's swimming and diving coaches, with each coach ranking out all teams but their own using a staggered points system (five points for a first-place vote, three points for second, one point for third). No self-voting was allowed. This is the fourth year the NEAC has held preseason polls.