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Swimming & Diving Ranks Sixth in Mid-Major Poll
Thursday, November 18, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The day before swimming at the Georgia Tech Invite, the FGCU swimming & diving team came in at the No. 6 spot in the first CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Swimming Poll of the year on Thursday afternoon.

“We are really excited to be ranked so high. This poll is a formula based on best times and our score is higher than last year’s, which I am very happy about,” said head coach Neal Studd. “This year’s team is a lot of fun to coach and be around. We have great team spirit and I am excited to see what we can achieve throughout the season.”

FGCU is the only team in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) ranked in the top-25. The 2010 CCSA runner-up Davidson was the only other team in the conference to receive consideration.

The Eagles have earned four out of the six CCSA Swimmer of the Week awards and one diver of the week in just six meets. Junior Vicky Cadge (Long Melford, Suffolk, United Kingdom/Kelly College) owns three of the honors, while classmate Alessandra Cianci (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) earned the award after swimming season-bests at FAU (Oct. 9).

The Mid-Major ranking is available to those institutions that a) are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference, or b) provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.

A record 57 schools submitted entries in the first ranking of the season. Future release dates are scheduled for December 15, January 12, February 9 and March 9.

The Eagles begin the Georgia Tech Invite at 10 a.m. on Friday at the home of the 1996 Olympic swimming and diving competitions, the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Complete Women's Ranking
1. Towson - 234.8
2. Miami-Ohio - 231.9
3. Princeton - 229.5
4. Western Kentucky - 227.2
5. San Jose State - 227.2
6. FGCU - 226.7
7. UC Davis - 226.6
8. Boston University - 225.8
9. James Madison - 225.3
10. Navy - 225.1
11. UNC Wilmington - 225.1
12. Denver - 225.0
13. Toledo - 224.7
14. Cal Poly - 224.2
15. Harvard - 224.0
16. Eastern Michigan - 224.0
17. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 221.6
18. New Mexico State - 221.4
19. Oakland - 220.5
20. New Hampshire - 218.7
21. Dartmouth - 218.6
22. Fresno State - 217.7
23. Fordham - 217.4
24. Delaware - 217.2
25. UMBC - 216.3