Spartans Ranked No. 2 In Mid-Major Poll

SOMERS, Wisc. – San Jose State’s strong performances early on have garnered the team a No. 2 ranking in the season’s first CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I poll, released Thursday.
The Spartans are ranked second in the nation with 237.75 points, following close behind Towson University, who took the top spot with 240.33 points. Fellow Western Athletic Conference members New Mexico State and Fresno State joined San Jose State in the top-25 at No. 19 and No. 23, respectively. North Dakota, a WAC affiliate member in women’s swimming and diving, received consideration in the poll. Harvard edged Ivy League rival Princeton for the top spot in the men’s poll.
San Jose State has posted eight different top-50 times in the nation this season in relays and individual events. The 200 freestyle relay team of Kiley Foster, Meghan McCurley, Erika Harvey and Marisa DeWames hold the eighth-best time in the country this week at 1:33.26. Entering this week’s competition at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, the Spartans also hold 12 of the top times in the Western Athletic Conference across all events.
The Spartans also have three second-best times in the WAC in three other individual events, making a total of 15 top two times out of 18 events. The remaining three events with no Spartans to be seen atop the time rankings – the 1,650 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay – have not been swam by any San Jose State swimmer so far this season.
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 are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference, or provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.    Rounding out the top ten women's teams were San Jose State, James Madison, Harvard, Miami-OH, Florida Gulf Coast, Denver, Western Kentucky, Buffalo and Columbia.   There will be three more Mid-Major rankings released this season by CollegeSwimming.com, including the next release on Dec. 13. Another ranking will be compiled on Feb. 3 before conference championship meets get underway. The final ranking will be released March 6.
CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Rankings -- Nov. 17, 2011
1 Towson                 240.33 2 San Jose State         237.75 3 James Madison         233.79 4 Harvard                 231.70 5 Miami Ohio         231.28 6 Florida Gulf Coast 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 UW-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 Florida International 215.37 25 Illinois State         215.10
Also Receiving Consideration:
Cleveland State, William and Mary, Tulane, Vermont, Bucknell, San Diego, Delaware, UMass, South Dakota State, Evansville, Binghamton, North Dakota, Davidson, Central Connecticut, Georgia Southern, St. Bonaventure, Vanderbilt, Army, Maine, IUPUI, George Washington, Seattle, Saint Francis (PA), Liberty, Bryant, Niagara, Siena, Mount Saint Mary's