Somers, Wis. - The San Jose State University women’s swimming and diving program appeared at an all-time high of fifth-place in the year’s first College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA)/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I rankings, released on Tuesday, November 25.
The CollegeSwimming.com rankings use an objective point system to compare teams’ relative strength in a traditional 13-event dual meet. They are based on best dual-meet lineups, as judged and submitted by participating teams. Rankings are announced four times throughout the season - November (Pre-Invite), December (Post-Invite), February (Pre-Conference) and March (Post-Conference).
CollegeSwimming.com has produced this ranking system for mid-major, Division I swimming programs since 2002. Institutions eligible for the Mid-Major designation do not come from one of the eight major NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences, or award fewer than half of the allowable scholarships under NCAA rules. Mid-Major teams are also eligible for the CSCAA Division I Coaches’ Poll.
The Spartans appeared for the first time ever in the poll in its first installment last season, at No. 22, on November 15, 2007.
This year, San Jose State is off to an 8-1 start to the dual meet season, including a perfect 5-0 mark against Western Athletic Conference opposition. The Spartans have won eight straight since a season-opening loss at No. 3 Stanford. In addition, fourth-year head coach Sage Hopkins’ squad got through the inaugural WAC Shootout unscathed at 5-0 last month in Las Cruces, N.M., and is coming off a program-best second-place showing at the annual Nike Cup in Long Beach, Calif., this past weekend. The Spartans have set nine school records already.
Miami University (Ohio) appears in the top spot on the women’s side of the poll with 234.97 points, having reeled off five wins against mid-major opponents. Towson University (228.92), Western Kentucky University (225.64), Ohio University (224.28) and San Jose State (223.28) round out the top five.