FORT MYERS, Fla. – Weeks after winning its third consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championship, the FGCU swimming & diving team finished the season ranked 32nd in the nation in the 2010-11 CSCAA / TYR Top 25 Poll.
“We are very excited to be creeping closer and closer to breaking into the Top 25 in what is the best swimming and diving league in the world,” said CCSA Coach of the Year Neal Studd. “I hope with our incoming freshman class we can keep this upward momentum going that our seniors started for us four years ago. It is a very exciting time for FGCU swimming and diving and I think we can keep improving and getting better. I am looking forward to next year and the future of this program.”
FGCU finished the year with a season-high 16 votes in this week’s poll after being ranked in five consecutive polls. The Blue and Green finished the season on an eight-meet winning streak en route to earning its third straight title in the program’s fourth year of existence.
The Eagles ran away with the conference title by 294.5 points en route to Jessie Porter (Chorleywood, Hertforshire, U.K./Royal Masonic) being named the Co-Women’s Most Outstanding Freshman Performer of the Meet and senior Karmin McNamara (Tampa, Fla./Gaither) earning Women’s Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet for the third year. Studd was voted Women’s Coach of the Year for the third straight season, while first-year diving coach Andy Goe was honored as Diving Coach of the Year.
In all, FGCU picked up 13 gold medals, 11 silvers and five bronze, while winning three out of the five possible relay events. The swimmers also posted seven NCAA ‘B’ cut times.
Fifty-three teams received votes in the poll. The SEC led the way with four teams ranked in the top ten. The Big Ten, led by 12th ranked Indiana, placed seven teams into the poll, one ahead of both the SEC and Pac 10. Four other conferences were represented. Virginia, ranked 11th, led all ACC teams while Louisville (19th) and Southern Methodist (25th) led the Big East and C-USA respectively.
Women's Dual Meet Rankings
5. Southern California
7. Texas A&M
13. North Carolina
15. Ohio State
21. Penn State
23. Arizona State
Also Receiving Votes:
Florida State 46, San Diego State 36, Missouri 32, South Carolina, Columbia 27, Towson 19, Florida Gulf Coast 16, Alabama 12, Maryland 11, Ohio 11, Princeton 11, Wisconsin-Green Bay 10, California-Davis 8, California Polytechnic State 6, California-Santa Barbara 5, Notre Dame 5, Denver 4, Kentucky 4, Toledo 3, Miami (Ohio) 2, North Carolina State 2, Richmond 2, Boise State 1, Brigham Young 1, East Carolina 1, Harvard 1, Kansas 1, Yale 1