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Carson-Newman Regains Number One Ranking In The Bass Pro Shops School Of The Year Presented By Abu Garcia

San Antonio, TX – For the second time this season, and also for the second time in its program’s fishing team’s history, Carson-Newman University is again ranked number one in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Sitting in 2nd, and trailing just over 800 points behind 1st place Carson-Newman in the standings, is three-time defending School of the Year title winner the University of Montevallo. Lander University moves up one spot since the most recent rankings and is now in 3rd place.

Less than three months remain in the race for 2023-24 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. The spring season is loaded with valuable double and triple points opportunities that will make for a dramatic stretch run to see who will end the season ranked number one, and which school fishing teams will finish the year inside of the Top 25 teams in the nation going into the summer recruiting season.

The latest points update features results from multiple School-Run/Other sanctioned events, as well as two major double points tournaments on both the Bassmaster and MLF College Series.

Carson-Newman University finds itself ranked number one in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia for the second time this spring. The most recent Bassmaster College Series event was contested very close to the Carson-Newman campus at Douglas Lake. The school capitalized on their knowledge of this local fishery to earn the most points out of any team to compete in the tournament. Bolstered by a 2ndplace finish from Drake Hemby & Ewing Minor and an 8th place showing by Alex Gore & Colby Reece, Carson-Newman earned a total of 2,420 points at their second Bassmaster College Series event of the season. With Montevallo not competing at the Douglas Lake event, Carson-Newman was able to jump from 2nd into 1st with a more than 800 point lead over 2nd ranked Montevallo, and a 1,500 plus point gap between 3rdranked Lander University.

Here is a look at teams that made significant moves up inside of the Top 25 during this points update to the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia:

4) Campbellsville University – Previously Ranked 6th

6) LSU-Shreveport – Previously Ranked 8th

10) Tarleton State University – Previously Ranked 13th

18) Bryan College – Previously Ranked 21st

Click here to view the complete updated rankings.

Erskine College was the only team to move into the Top 25 after being previously ranked on the outside looking in. Erskine moved up two places, from 26th previously, to now be ranked 24th in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

About The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA)

The Association of Collegiate Anglers is a division of CarecoTV that was created to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing, with emphasis on competitive fishing events nationwide. The ACA created the original BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series 19 seasons ago. That single event has evolved into the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, which is now recognized as the longest-running consecutive collegiate bass fishing series in existence.

The ACA lineup of major college fishing events includes a variety of tournaments nationwide that are multi-day tournaments, all of which are televised on several networks, as well as streamed on a variety of connected platforms.  The ACA also provides support to numerous schools operating regional events nationwide which is an effort to provide more opportunities to grow the exposure and awareness of college fishing.

The ACA owns the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, Bass Pro Shops School of Year presented by Abu Garcia program, and associated assets which is widely regarded as the most comprehensive and prestigious collegiate bass fishing title today. 

Thanks in part to the large diversity of media exposure the ACA provides, the series boasts the largest amount of televised and streaming coverage of any collegiate fishing series. This includes a dedicated television series on numerous television networks and streaming platforms, as well as additional coverage of select events inside other programs. 

This combination includes coverage from Discovery Channel, CBS Sports, Bally Sports, Pursuit Channel, as well as other regional and national networks. You can also find coverage online at any time of past events thanks to coverage on and

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