Swimming & Diving Ranked Sixth in Mid-Major Poll
Monday, November 28, 2011 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU swimming & diving team was recently ranked No. 6 in the first CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I Swimming Poll of the year after opening the season with a 5-1 dual meet record.

“I am very excited to be ranked so high again in the mid major poll,” said head coach Neal Studd. “Being sixth nationally is quite an honor, especially amongst teams that are fully-funded on this list. We are really punching above our weight. It is a testament to the hard work of the team that we are consistently always highly ranked.”

FGCU is the only team in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) ranked in the top 25. The 2011 CCSA runner-up Davidson and Liberty were the only other teams in the conference to receive consideration.

The Eagles have earned four out of the eight CCSA Swimmer of the Week awards and three Diver of the Week in just six meets. Freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) owns three of the honors, while senior Leah Daniel (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Grant Park HS) earned the award after her performance at the meet with Miami and Florida State (Oct. 1).

Now in its 10th year, the Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams’ relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The 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.

Future release dates for the mid-major poll are scheduled for December 13, February 7 and March 6.

FGCU will host its first home meet of the season on Jan. 7 against ACC member Georgia Tech, North Dakota and CCSA member Liberty at the FGCU Aquatics Center at 11 a.m.

Complete Women's Ranking

1. Towson - 240.33

2. San Jose State - 237.75

3. James Madison - 233.79

4. Harvard - 231.70

5. Miami-Ohio – 231.70

6. FGCU – 230.70

7. Denver - 230.35

8. Western Kentucky - 228.50

9. Buffalo - 227.70

10. Columbia - 227.37

11. North Texas - 225.87

12. UC-Santa Barbara - 225.78

13. Oakland - 224.72

14. Navy - 222.94

15. Boston University - 222.14

16. Fordham - 220.35

17. Wisconsin-Milwaukee – 220.25

18. Missouri State – 219.57

19. New Mexico State - 218.64

20. New Hampshire - 217.74

21. UMBC - 217.38

22. Dartmouth - 217.22

23. Fresno State - 216.19

24. FIU - 215.37

25. Illinois State – 215.10