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Carson-Newman Tops The First Rankings Of 2024 For The Bass Pro Shops School Of The Year Presented By Abu Garcia

University of North Alabama is ranked 2nd, and three-time defending title winner Montevallo drops to 3rd

San Antonio, TX – The Association of Collegiate Anglers has updated the points standings for the 2023-24 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. The first points update of 2024 features results and points from a MLF College Series regular season event at the Harris Chain, as well as the MLF Championship at Lake Toho.

For the first time in its fishing program’s history, Carson-Newman University is ranked number one in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Past two-time title winner University of North Alabama moves up one place to take the 2nd spot and three-time defending School of the Year winner University of Montevallo falls to 3rd.

Carson-Newman started the year off with a bang by earning the most points of any team competing at the MLF College Series regular-season event at the Harris Chain. The school’s top two teams finished in 4th and 12th, earning a total of 2,360 points. Nicholas Dellaporta & Drew Pitts finished in 4th, and Riley Faulkner & Szymon Piton took 12th.

The following week, Carson-Newman had five teams compete in the MLF College Series Championship on Lake Toho. Ben Cully & Hayden Gaddis claimed 8th, and Drake Hemby & Ewing Minor finished the event in 13th. Those two Top 15 finishes earned Carson-Newman a total of 3,620 points. This points total was the third highest of any team competing in the event.

In the span of one week, Carson-Newman earned a total of 5,980 points. That mark was good enough for the team from Jefferson City, TN to move from 3rd to 1st in the latest points update. This is the first time Carson-Newman has ever been ranked number one in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

Currently ranked 2nd in college fishing’s only all-encompassing National Rankings system is the University of North Alabama. This moved the UNA fishing team up one spot up in the rankings since the previous update.

UNA’s 2nd place ranking is the school’s highest mark of the 2023-24 season for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

Sitting in 3rd for this rankings update is the University of Montevallo. The three-time defending title winner fell two spots since the previous points update. While the two teams ahead of them competed at both MLF College Series events, Montevallo only participated in the Championship.

Montevallo currently sits 1,500 points behind top ranked Carson-Newman, and just over 500 points behind 2nd ranked UNA. For the season, Montevallo has competed in one less MLF regular season event than the two schools ahead of them. Depending on how Montevallo fairs at their two remaining MLF events, they will likely close the gap, or even take the lead.

With two major double points events being contested to start the year, a very large number of points were available to teams. Because of this, there was a lot of shake up in the standings for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Here are some notable teams that improved their ranking inside of the Top 25:

5) Campbellsville University – Previously Ranked 11th

7) LSU-Shreveport – Prevously Ranked 13th

15) University of Tennessee – Previously Ranked 19th

20) Georgia College – Previously Ranked 24th

View the complete updated rankings.

Three teams moved into the Top 25 after being on the outside looking in during the previous rankings. Florida Gateway College made the biggest move of any team, moving up 16 spots from 38th to 22nd. Kentucky Christian University moved up three spots to 23rd, and Bryan College goes from 32nd to 24th.

Just over six months remain in the 2023-24 race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.  View the current schedule of points qualifying events.

About The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA)

The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) 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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